The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are determined to help change the media industry for the better.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nonprofit, Archewell, was one of the first donors to invest in Press Pad Charitable Foundation. The new arm of the Press Pad platform, which was founded just last month, aims to “improve socio-economic diversity within the media by lowering the financial barrier for young people who want to become journalists,” according to its official website.
Through its new donation program, Press Pad Charitable Foundation will provide bursaries, grants, training, and support for young people from diverse backgrounds who want to enter the media industry, and who normally would not have the opportunities to do so. Before the foundation was formed last month, Press Pad began as a platform providing free advice to burgeoning journalists.
“We are delighted to announce that we have just registered a sister charity, The PressPad Charitable Foundation, and are thrilled that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their Archewell Foundation will be among our first donors,” Press Pad shared on Twitter. “The Foundation exists to provide bursaries and support to complement the work we’ve already started at PressPad to link mentoring, networking, and accommodation to help young people of diverse backgrounds gain entry into the journalism industry.”
The news of the Sussexes donation to Press Pad follows the couple’s speaking out against the racist and relentless treatment they continue to receive from the British tabloids. Most recently, the Duchess of Sussex called out the double standards of coverage between her and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. “Rude and racist are not the same,” said Meghan in the interview, when describing her treatment by the media compared to her sister-in-law. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have also been vocal proponents of creating a safer, kinder digital world and stress the importance of calling out misinformation online.
“We’re excited by such positive action after difficult yet important moments of reckoning for the UK media. We’re proud to say our values of action, compassion & community align with the #archewellfoundation,” concluded Press Pad’s statement, referencing the Sussexes’s Oprah Winfrey interview. “Thanks to everyone who spoke their truth. It takes us all.”
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