Oklahoma Watch has received a $250,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to further its investigative and in-depth reporting.

The award was among Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation grants totaling $1.37 million to 17 journalism organizations nationwide.

The Oklahoma City-based foundation has been a major supporter of Oklahoma Watch since the nonprofit media organization’s founding about five years ago.

“As nonprofit investigative news matures, we are excited about the quality of work produced by our grantees,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. “Vital stories are increasing awareness and empowering citizens in local and state communities to make informed decisions.”

Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, the foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.

David Fritze, executive director of Oklahoma Watch, said, “Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is a unique and invaluable source of support and counsel for nonprofit media that are trying to build the models for the future of journalism.

“We are privileged to be a part of this investment and are determined to use the support to achieve new levels of journalistic quality, impact and innovation.”

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