The 19th*: News That Represents

Equality Can't Wait Challenge
The 19th

The 19th will transform the media landscape by giving marginalized women and LGBTQ+ people the news and community they need to equally participate in our democracy.

Last Updated: August 2023
Competition Participation
Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Women's rights
Current Work Location(s):
  • Florida, United States of America
  • Iowa, United States of America
  • Louisiana, United States of America
  • Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • Texas, United States of America
  • Alabama, United States of America
  • Arkansas, United States of America
  • Kentucky, United States of America
  • Oklahoma, United States of America
Priority Population(s):
  • LGBTQ people
  • Women
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 5. Gender equality

Executive Summary

Women and LGBTQ+ people make up more than half of the American electorate and are more engaged than ever in politics. Yet they remain marginalized in government and executive ranks. They are also underrepresented in newsroom leadership, influencing what stories are told, whose voices are elevated and how we write our national narrative. The 19th aims to level the playing field with free-to-consume and free-to-republish journalism, evidence-based reporting, a digital platform for community building, and a newsroom that reflects the nation's diversity. With your support, we'll scale our small but mighty start-up by doubling our reporting capacity, investing in sophisticated distribution technology and introducing a groundbreaking fellowship program to train and job-place the next generation of journalists from underrepresented communities. The 19th will change how the news is reported and presented for women and LGBTQ+ people by reforming how the news business works.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

The 19th

Organization Headquarters
Texas, United States of America
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
26 to 50
Annual Operating Budget
$5.1 to 10 Million

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Two years ago, The 19th set out to reimagine politics and policy journalism through the lens of those traditionally left at the margins of mainstream news. We’re doing that by revolutionizing who owns those narratives — by hiring a newsroom that’s truly representative of the communities we’re working to serve, and encouraging those journalists to bring their full lived experiences to the storytelling. We now have hundreds of thousands of people reading stories on our website, in our newsletters and across our social channels every month. In the last year alone, our stories have been viewed by nearly 2 million additional people through the websites of community newsrooms and Spanish-language media. And, we’re launching yearlong journalism fellowships for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities — with $70,000-a-year salaries, full health and retirement benefits, and post-fellowship job placement support — in partnership with Howard University’s new Center for Journalism and Democracy.

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