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: November 2023
Competition Participation
Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Gender Equality
  • District of Columbia, United States of America
  • Florida, United States of America
  • Georgia, United States of America
  • Indiana, 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
  • LGBTQ people
  • Women (19+)
  • 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
51 to 100
Annual Operating Budget
$10.1 to 25 Million

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**Three 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. The 19th’s unique value proposition is that our journalism doesn’t just exist for free on our website — it’s free to be republished by any other news organization, ensuring we reach millions more where they are, not just on our own platforms. In 2022, we launched a [yearlong fellowship]( program for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities — with generous salaries, full health and retirement benefits, and post-fellowship job placement support — in partnership with Howard University’s Center for Journalism and Democracy.**

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