Supporting journalists and newsrooms

Healthy democracies require healthy news ecosystems. Technology has played a role in the disruption of news, but it can also be an important part of the rebuilding effort. Microsoft, and its Democracy Forward program, provide a host of tools and services to help journalists and newsrooms achieve more.

Learn about Democracy Forward

Rebuild capacity

In partnership with newsrooms, community foundations, and other civic leaders and organizations, we’re experimenting with new, hybrid operating models with the goal of providing valuable insight into sustainable solutions that can be deployed at scale across the world.

Restore trust

To restore trust, we’ll need to use a combination of tools and technologies to counter deep fakes and other online disinformation. Our goal is to promote digital media literacy education that provides the framework for finding, consuming, and sharing trusted, fact-based news and information.

Reduce risk

Journalists around the world are increasingly subject to physical, cyber and legal attacks—especially reporters covering conflict, governmental abuses, and corruption. To enhance their safety, cloud computing, AI, AccountGuard, and a pro bono legal support program are crucial tools.

Rebuild capacity

Turning the lights back on in news deserts

Check out Northwestern University Medill School’s animated map highlighting where news deserts across the country are opening new news outlets or reinventing legacy outlets with Microsoft technology’s support.

View the map

Journalism Guidebook for rebuilding scalable solutions

Learn about sustainable business practices from the new Microsoft Journalism Guidebook, a functional guide for communities rebuilding scalable local news and information ecosystems. Explore our interactive map to find tailored solutions for your newsroom.

Download the Guidebook

Data visualization

Apply to work with the Enlighten Designs team to add additional capacity to your newsroom and bring your readers deeper into your news stories through high quality data visualization.

Learn about data visualization

Microsoft 365 for Journalists

Increase the efficiency and reach of the newsroom by leveraging apps, training videos, and tools that maximize your Microsoft 365 experience to improve your research, reporting, and reach to your community.

Explore Microsoft 365

LinkedIn for Journalists

Increase your social media reach and engagement by accessing LinkedIn’s free premium level content and trainings for journalists.

Learn about LinkedIn for Journalists

Technology discounts for nonprofit newsrooms

Gain access to technology grants and free custom-built Microsoft software solutions to manage your business, increase your capacity, and reduce costs for your nonprofit newsroom.

Explore nonprofits offers

Power BI training for data journalism

Improve your storytelling and increase your audience reach by enrolling in free training to bring your data alive through powerful data visualization tools.

Explore Power BI for data journalism

AI tools to expand reach and impact

Nota brings AI-enabled tools to publishers, particularly small or medium sized minority-owned publishers or those located near news deserts, that help cut pain points and build efficiency. Nota’s tools help publishers and journalists focus on creating and sharing meaningful content.

Learn about Nota

Local News AI

Check out the Associated Press’ Local News AI, a two-year initiative helping U.S. local newsrooms identify and adopt artificial intelligence-based solutions.

Learn more about Local News AI

Restore trust

Content provenance

The Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) standard provides technology that creates digital media provenance. As a founding member, Microsoft can assist with access to this tool providing greater trust among news consumers against altered media.

Learn about C2PA

Journalism Trust Initiative

The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Journalism Trust Initiative is a certification program that promotes and rewards compliance with journalism norms and ethics. Microsoft provides white-glove, subsidized access to this program.

Learn about Journalist Trust Initiative

Trusted news ratings

NewsGuard is a publisher rating system that reviews sites based on their adherence to nine journalistic criteria. These scores are used by advertisers and brands to gauge the trustworthiness of a site.

Reduce risk

Pro bono legal services

U.S. organizations can gain no-cost legal help with prepublication review and public records access through Microsoft, Davis Wright Tremaine, The Knight Foundation, and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press’ ProJourn program.

Learn about ProJourn

Clooney Foundation TrialWatch

Find resources for persecuted journalists and newsrooms under threat who do not have access to the legal services through Clooney Foundation’s TrialWatch.

Learn about TrialWatch

Hybrid threat trainings

Enroll in cybersecurity training for journalists to better protect yourself from threats.

Sign up now for trainings

TrustLaw’s global legal support

Learn more about Microsoft and Thomson Reuters Foundation's TrustLaw offering providing global legal support to journalists and newsrooms.

Learn about TrustLaw

Contact us

If you would like to learn more about the Microsoft journalism initiative or any of the corresponding programs, including the local news pilot program for community foundations, newsrooms, and higher educational institutions, please contact us.

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