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Scott Trust launches new charitable foundation

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

The Scott Trust Foundation has been created as a new umbrella organisation to bring together the Scott Trust’s philanthropic activities. Its central remit reflects one of the Trust’s key objectives of “promoting the causes of freedom of the press and liberal journalism both in Britain and elsewhere.”

It has three strands: The Scott Trust Charitable fund, The Guardian Foundation and The Newsroom archive and visitor centre.

The newly-formed Scott Trust Charitable Fund will support projects associated with independent journalism, journalist ethics, media literacy and journalist training in the UK and abroad. The Fund’s working group, chaired by Liz Forgan of the Scott Trust, includes representatives from all GMG divisions. It will meet three times a year to consider project proposals which fall within its criteria.

The existing Guardian Foundation supports the creation and running of successful and editorially independent newspapers in the Guardian tradition, in eastern Europe and southern Africa. The Foundation brings together journalists to share experiences and perspectives through seminars and work placements. It also facilitates partnerships focussing on the commercial and production aspects of running a successful newspaper.

The Newsroom’s archive and visitor centre, based in London runs educational sessions for school children, further and higher education students, teachers and adult learners, as well as archiving the heritage of the Guardian and Observer and running a programme of public exhibitions.