Introducing Type Media Center
We’re excited to announce that The Nation Institute has officially become Type Media Center.
There is so much in the works for 2019 that we look forward to sharing with you. But first, here’s why we made the change.
About our new name
This name change more accurately reflects our history as an independent media organization that produces groundbreaking investigative journalism and award-winning nonfiction, promotes national conversations, and inspires social change. As a women-led and majority-women staffed organization, this rebrand highlights our organization’s focus on elevating voices in media that too-often go unheard.
As part of this rebrand, Type Media Center’s investigative newsroom, formerly known as The Investigative Fund, will become Type Investigations; its book publishing house formerly known as Nation Books will become Bold Type Books. TomDispatch will retain its name. The Prizes, Fellowship, and Events programs will also take on the “Type” moniker.
When The Nation Institute was founded more than 50 years ago, we were a modest organization affiliated with the Nation magazine — but that name no longer reflects the breadth and impact of what we do today. The name “Type” not only reflects that we’re a full-fledged Media Center committed to strengthening and diversifying the journalism field, but also evokes the painstaking care and in-depth research required to produce daring, impactful stories.
Type Media Center supports established and up-and-coming independent journalists and authors through awards, fellowships, and reporting contracts totaling over $1 million each year, supporting the development of a rotating roster of more than 100 diverse journalists and authors from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels – empowering them to tell untold stories and unearth hidden facts. Additionally, through Type Events, Type Media Center regularly draws thinkers at the forefront of social change.
In our inaugural year, The Nation Institute hosted Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first public address in opposition to the Vietnam War at a time of growing civil rights and antiwar movements. This name change comes at another time of national upheaval as we face unprecedented threats to basic civil and human rights – and mass political mobilization in response. The very notion of truth and facts are under assault. The ability to dig deep, take risks, and enable talented journalists to reveal powerful truths is needed more than ever.
Type Media Center’s publishing imprint, Bold Type Books, will continue to develop and publish fearless, essential works of nonfiction and investigative journalism that inspire action, and nurture underrepresented and emerging writers – particularly women and people of color.
“We’re anticipating an inspiring first year for the Bold Type Books imprint,” says Katy O’Donnell, Senior Editor. “From Reniqua Allen’s It Was All a Dream and Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin’s How We Fight White Supremacy, out this winter, to next fall’s Fantasy Island, by Ed Morales, we’re continuing to publish courageous, deeply-researched nonfiction works in 2019.”
The Type Investigations newsroom will continue to incubate high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable in partnership with a wide array of print, digital, and broadcast outlets. Through its change-making Ida B. Wells Fellowship program, Type Investigations will continue to cultivate a diverse new generation of journalistic talent.
“We’re excited to unleash more bold investigative journalism as part of Type Media Center,” says Esther Kaplan, Editorial Director at Type Investigations. “This name change foregrounds what we do: rigorous, game-changing, truth-seeking reporting that sparks real change. We’ll be launching major projects in the coming months including a Frontline documentary, a Gimlet podcast, and a feature story in the Washington Post Magazine, and we look forward to establishing partnerships with an even wider range of news organizations.”
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