- Non-profit entity closely linked to for-profit magazine The Nation
- Sponsors leftist conferences, fellowships, awards for radical activists, journalism internships, and many other things
- “Our graduates…constitute an informal network operating in the mainstream media.”
The Nation Institute is a non-profit entity closely linked to, and operating synergistically with, the for-profit magazine The Nation.
The Institute's Board of Trustees is presided over by former _Nation_ owner-publisher [Hamilton Fish V] and includes among its members former _Nation_ owner Arthur Carter, _Nation_ Editor/owner [Katrina vanden Heuvel], _Nation_ Publisher/Editorial Director/owner [Victor Navasky], Hollywood actor [Tim Robbins], and others. Founded in 1966, The Institute, according to its website, "sponsors a number of projects including conferences, seminars, televised town hall-style meetings, e-mail and web communications, book publishing, syndicated public affairs radio programming and film production, fellowships and internships." One Institute "project" is _[RadioNation]_, a weekly syndicated radio program uplinked to satellite via a [National Public Radio] (NPR) transponder. The show is hosted by Laura Flanders, who has also worked for [Air America Radio] and [Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting]. It features a wide range of writers and editors from _The Nation_ and thereby promotes this for-profit magazine's newsstand, subscription, and related enterprise sales. Before Flanders, the program host was [Marc Cooper], Contributing Editor to _The Nation_ magazine. Another Institute undertaking is Nation Books, a "venture" begun in 2001 in partnership with a for-profit outside publisher. Authors’ revenues are boosted by the advertising of the tax-exempt non-profit _RadioNation_ and _[TomDispatch]_. The Nation Institute is also involved in giving out at least $130,000 each year in awards and prizes to leftist activists. Moreover, it endows "journalism fellows," almost all of whom already have places on the masthead of _The Nation_ magazine. Recent and ongoing Institute "fellows" include [Eric Alterman], [William Greider], [Tom Hayden], Jack Newfield, Katha Pollitt, and Jonathan Schell. This offers a way to pay with tax-exempt dollars those whose writing produces the for-profit _Nation_ magazine. The Nation Institute since 1978 has worked in conjunction with _The Nation_ magazine to recruit, train and influence journalism interns who will carry the Institute’s leftist politics into the mainstream. Former _Nation_ interns have worked at such media outlets as [ABC], AP, the _Christian Science Monitor_, [_Harper's_], [_Ms_.], the _[New York Times]_, _The New Yorker_, _The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,_ [_PBS_]_-Frontline_, _Time_, UPI, _Vanity Fair_, the _Village Voice_, the _Wall Street Journal_, and the _Washington Post_. The Nation Institute receives funding from the Gilder Foundation, the Irene Diamond Fund, the JKW Foundation, the Lannan Foundation,the New York Community Trust, the [Open Society Institute], the PLACE Fund, the [Public Welfare Foundation], the [Schumann Center for Media and Democracy], and the [Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust].