While no formal decisions have been made, the Foundation is considering a modestly sized, non-intrusive memorial, without names, that represents the full breadth of journalism – past, present and future. The memorial will be a commemorative landscape that will serve as a place for reflection and appreciation for those who lost their lives, a focal point for learning about the First Amendment and the role of journalism in a functioning democracy, and a convening space for commemoration. In addition to a physical memorial, the Foundation will provide programming and digital resources to amplify the history of the First Amendment and the free press and to portray the courage of individual journalists who sacrificed their lives.
The Foundation will undertake these initiatives in partnership with educational institutions, journalism organizations, and other stakeholders that work to protect a free press.
The ultimate cost of the memorial will depend on variables including the location, size and design of the memorial, materials used, the approval and permitting process, construction and maintenance costs, and any educational programs associated with the Foundation. At least 10 percent of the funding will go to the National Park Service for maintenance of the memorial. Funds will also be used to provide ongoing educational programming. Given the challenges the journalism industry is facing, this is a worthwhile investment that will enhance the awareness and understanding of the importance of journalism to our democracy.