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June 30, 2021 — Prison Journalism Project has been selected as a recipient of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Sustainable Publishing Solutions Grant, and will use the $20,000 one-time grant to upgrade its digital publishing platform as well as enhance PJP’s content creation, audience development and fundraising efforts.

PJP is one of 25 publications to be selected for the second year of the Knight Foundation’s $2-million three-year initiative to strengthen digital publishing solutions in newsrooms. Similar to the first year of the Knight Foundation’s initiative, the 25 grantees — chosen from a group of over 175 applicants — include a mix of nonprofit news organizations, small commercial community newspapers and new digital upstarts.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Knight Foundation for this opportunity to transform our online presence which will in turn give our incarcerated writers an enhanced platform to tell their stories,” said Shaheen Pasha, PJP co-founder and co-executive director. “This grant is exactly the catalyst we need to better serve our writers — to create a space for stories written about and from the inside and to build a supportive audience for this important work.”

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit

About Prison Journalism Project

Prison Journalism Project is a national, independent, nonpartisan initiative that trains incarcerated writers in the tools of journalism and helps them reach an outside audience via their own publication as well as through partnerships with mainstream media organizations.

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