Program Mission

Supporting high-quality journalism projects focused on public policy issues affecting the Great Lakes region.

Seeking to deepen the impact of Foundation programs’ investment in policy by supporting journalism that shines a light on conditions we hope to improve, issues related to the Foundation’s core strategies, and success stories that illuminate solutions.


  • The program also aims to boost public affairs journalism training for early-career journalists, particularly journalists of color

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In The Media

Opinion: Stronger democracy is worth the investment

Op-ed by Journalism Program Director Hugh Dellios

Crain's Detroit Business

In The Media

'The Gun Machine': A podcast about how America was forged by the gun industry

Produced by WBUR and The Trace, the podcast looks into the history of the relationship between the gun industry and the U.S. government. 'The Gun Machine' debuts on Oct. 4, 2023.

WBUR; The Trace


Joyce Joins Press Forward National Coalition to Revitalize Local News

The Joyce Foundation joined a national coalition of 22 donors today in announcing the formation of Press Forward, an initiative designed to strengthen communities and, by extension, democracy, by supporting local news and information.


Checking the facts on “red flag laws”

The latest research into “red flag laws” and other gun safety measures was highlighted at a recent webinar series for journalists produced by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and its PolitiFact fact-checking arm.

Program Staff

Hugh Dellios

Senior Program Officer

Aubrya Perry

Program Officer