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The program has sought to expand its digital presence by producing blogs and shorter, quick-turnaround stories on the web. Journalists manage multiple Twitter accounts covering different “beats,” including national security, global economics, and the media. In 2011, Frontline hired new-media journalists to manage the program’s transition to a “post-broadcast future.” It began to move into interactive online video during the 2012 presidential campaign.
Frontline is funded primarily by nonprofit foundations and individual donors, including the MacArthur Foundation and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and membership dues from local PBS stations. In 2014, it received a $5 million grant from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler and an $800,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to establish a cross-platform Enterprise Journalism Group. Unlike NewsHour, its cousin in public television, Frontline does not receive corporate support.
Honolulu Civil Beat is a for-profit online news organization covering Hawaii. Civil Beat is a project of Peer News, a company founded in 2008 by eBay founder and chairman Pierre Omidyar and Randy Ching. It was announced in November 2009 and launched in May 2010. It has a staff of 12, initially led by John Temple,…