Welcome to the A-Mark Foundation.
We fund facts.

The rise of digital media has unleashed a flood of inaccurate, misleading or outright fabricated information across all news platforms.

In the past two years alone, we’ve seen the spread of lies about the 2020 election, falsehoods perpetrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, climate-change denialism and conspiracy theories that single out specific individuals or minority groups with baseless and damaging claims.

A critical antidote to this growing problem is serious, persistent and fearless journalism that exposes and counters these untruths and the people and organizations that perpetuate them.

The Santa Monica-based, non-partisan A-Mark Foundation has joined with the Los Angeles Press Club to award grants of up to $2,500 to journalists for stories focussing on misinformation and disinformation.

Our goal is to facilitate stories that expose the larger problem of fake news, explore specific instances of misinformation and disinformation in social and news media and hold perpetrators of misleading news accountable.

While we will give special consideration to L.A.-based stories, we will accept statewide, national and international topics. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Press Club.

2023 A-Mark Fellows
2023 A-Mark Fellows
Olga Grigoryants

A reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News and Southern California News Group, Grigoryants used research and data to report on the impact of the Kremlin’s wartime propaganda and disinformation campaign on Russian-speaking immigrants in Southern California. Her piece, “Many Russian immigrants in Southern California believe propaganda that Nazis thrive in Ukraine,” was published by the Los Angeles Daily News on April 29, 2024.

2023 A-Mark Fellows
Sam Kestenbaum

Sam Kestenbaum will be producing a multipart narrative podcast covering a topic at the intersection of religion-fueled disinformation, conspiracy theories and celebrity culture. Kestenbaum is a journalist covering religion in America. His work appears in The New York Times, the Washington Post and Rolling Stone, among other outlets, and has recently been anthologized in a Routledge series on religion. His reporting has won the Wilbur Award for magazine writing, the Rockower Award for Excellence in Feature Writing, and top awards from the Society for Features Journalism and the Silurians Press Club.