Fourth Estate Society

The Illinois Press Foundation launched the Fourth Estate Society as a funding mechanism to support journalism education.

Most of the giving programs that the IPF has are geared toward newspapers, larger companies and grant programs. The Fourth Estate Society establishes a way to participate at a personal level.

There are five levels of annual memberships starting with $50 per year up to a $1,000 plus a $2,500 "lifetime membership" option.

Members receive a certificate of membership, public recognition, IPF reports and invitations to special events sponsored by the foundation and during dinners/receptions at Illinois Press Association conventions.

The revenue generated by the Society funds protection efforts for the First Amendment, literacy efforts and journalism scholarships for students and working journalists.

To join, donate using the button below, or send a check to Illinois Press Foundation, 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703.


IPF News
The Illinois Press Foundation is honored to have a 2018 national award-winner on its board! Sally Renaud was one of five educators recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association as Pioneer Award recipients. Sally was awarded Nov. 3 during the JEA/NSPA convention in Chicago.The Pioneer is the highest honor NSPA awards to journalism educators. Pioneers are individuals who make substantial contributions to high school journalism programs and scholastic journalism education outside their pr...
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At its December board meeting, the Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors awarded three $1,200 scholarships to University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate students: Cassandra “Cassie” Buchman, Grant Morgan and Lindsey Salvatelli. “In talking to all of these kids, they’re really passionate about journalism,” IPF Director Jeff Rogers said. “They all have passion. Having been in journalism for nearly 30 years, it’s refreshing ...
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The Illinois Press Foundation is launching a news service, Capitol Newswire Illinois, to provide coverage of state government to newspapers and broadcasters across the state. The objective is to reinvigorate coverage of state government in Illinois to create a centralized and unbiased source of news content for media and citizens.The IPF is seeking a full-time reporter to work with our full-time bureau chief and interns in this effort. The reporter will cover the activities of the Legislature, g...
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Illinois Press Association Director of Foundation Jeff Rogers (left) and CEO Sam Fisher (right) accept the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award on Nov. 3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.The IJEA annually honors an individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to scholastic journalism. The IJEA selects honorees who have supported their mission by assisting IJEA in promoting high standards of scholastic journalism and elev...
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