FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, Craig Newmark attend the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit red carpet at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The founder of Craigslist says he will donate $15 million to Columbia University and the Poynter Institute for separate efforts promoting ethics in journalism. The announcement on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, establishes Newmark in the forefront of philanthropists focused on journalism, a cause he's supported with some $85 million in the past few years. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

Craigslist founder donates $15 million for journalism ethics

February 06, 2019 - 1:02 am

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The founder of Craigslist has become a major supporter of journalism, and he's just donated $15 million more.

Craig Newmark is giving $10 million to Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and $5 million to the Poynter Institute in Florida. In both cases, the donations are to promote programs about ethics in the digital age.

Newmark says is philanthropy has nothing to do with the perception Craigslist was harmful to journalism because the online classified ad site siphoned away a major revenue source for newspapers when it was launched in 1995.

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