Funding "The Human Story" at National Geographic

Author(s): Christopher Thornton

Year: 2017


For over a century, the National Geographic Society has provided field research grants to archaeologists and anthropologists from around the world, and then told their story through our media. Over the past few years, National Geographic has gone through a tumultuous period of financial instability and schizophrenia between the non-profit and for-profit arms. The new joint venture created with 21st Century Fox in the Fall of 2015 created a fully non-profit National Geographic Society with a sizable endowment and a 30% share in the for-profit NG Partners (e.g., Channel, Magazine, Travel, Books, etc.). With great wealth comes great responsibility, and National Geographic is looking to make a broader impact in "The Human Story"— i.e., research, preservation, education, and storytelling in anthropology, archaeology, and paleoanthropology -- beginning in 2017. A summary of the recent changes at NGS will be presented as well as a first look at our plans for the future.

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Funding "The Human Story" at National Geographic. Christopher Thornton. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429630)


Fieldwork Funding grants

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Abstract Id(s): 12147