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Foundation for American Communications

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Foundation for American Communications (FACS) was a U.S. journalism training group that attempted to shape the news reaching the public. According to their description, they were "dedicated to improving the quality of information reaching the public through the news."

Their funding was mainly from large corporations such as ExxonMobil and AT&T.

Now out of business, their website, still active, states, "With great regret, we are compelled to announce that the Foundation for American Communications has ceased operations, due to a lack of funding. All activities, including seminars and webinars, have halted. The FACSNET.org website will be maintained as a reference and research tool for journalists."[1]

Training

FACS would hold one-day seminars for journalists, usually in or near newpaper or broadcast stations. In-house sessions would sometimes be for news organizations such as Cox, Gannett, and Scripps Howard News Service. "FACS retains top scholars from leading academic institutions to collaborate in program development. Together with the FACS Journalism Advisory Committee, we choose program topics, design the curriculum, and select other faculty and policy makers deliver the seminars."

"News training groups such as the Poynter Institute and the American Press Institute work primarily on the "nuts and bolts" skill sets of journalism and management training. API works only with newspapers in business management and training. The Poynter Institute teaches writing, editing and other skills... FACS programs are not geared to job skills training, but to build knowledge and understanding in complex issues in the news such as economics, science, law, ethics and public affairs."[2]

Where the money went

Some of the many conservative groups that got money from the Foundation for American Communications:[3]


Media Transparency lists the following funders:[4]

Personnel

Former contact

85 South Grand Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: 626-584-0010
Fax: 626-584-0627
Web: http://www.facsnet.org (site still active)

Resources and articles

Related SourceWatch articles

References

  1. Website, Foundation for American Communications, accessed December 2010.
  2. About, Foundation for American Communications, accessed December 2010.
  3. Where the money went, Media Transparency, accessed December 2010.
  4. Foundation for American Communications, Media Transparency, accessed December 2010.
  5. Staff, Foundation for American Communications, accessed December 2010.