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ProJourn: The Protecting Journalists Pro Bono Program

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About ProJourn

ProJourn is an innovative approach to providing journalists — small news organizations, nonprofit newsrooms, documentary filmmakers and freelancers no-cost legal help with prepublication review and public records access. ProJourn offers legal assistance, including free litigation services to help reporters fight stonewalling and hold the government accountable.

Growing out of a pilot created by attorneys at Microsoft and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, ProJourn is set to expand in 2022 to new jurisdictions with new legal and corporate partners. ProJourn is operated by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, longtime leader in journalism and First Amendment philanthropy.

The initiative brings together teams of seasoned media attorneys and corporate in-house counsel to build the bench of legal support and meet the growing needs of local journalists.

Requests for assistance

If you wish to request pro bono legal assistance under this program, we encourage you to fill out this form.

Read our report

Standing up for Journalism: Increasing pro bono legal assistance to benefit communities and democracy

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