Jim Friedlich: Supporting Local Journalism in Philadelphia and Nationwide through The Lenfest Institute

October 1, 2019


Hosted by Robert Rimm


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Jim Friedlich serves as executive director of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, an innovative nonprofit organization that supports local journalism in Philadelphia and nationwide. Founded in 2016 by philanthropist Gerry Lenfest, the Institute announced in September of 2017 that it had awarded $2 million to support a broad range of Philadelphia-based news media and news-technology efforts. The grants included support of greater newsroom diversity at WHYY, coverage of solutions to violence in Philadelphia by WURD Radio, the creation of new journalism payment platforms by Technically Philly, the expansion of digital video efforts by MyNEWPhilly, as well as enhanced investigative reporting, new digital products and greater diversity at The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Institute is the owner of that newspaper, now the largest in America owned by a nonprofit organization, and leverages it as a “live lab” for innovative journalism efforts nationwide. Friedlich was a longtime executive at Dow Jones & Company, serving previously as group publisher of The Wall Street Journal for Europe, Asia and the Americas, in charge of global business operations. He was a cofounder of its digital edition, WSJ.com, and a board director of CNBC. Encore broadcast: first aired in January 2019.

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