The PCLB Foundation believes quality investigative journalism is essential to a free and democratic society. As journalism’s business models are evolving, philanthropic support is required in some cases to ensure the very survival of respected organizations. The “information age” has also introduced new data-gathering and distribution tools, along with a need for training programs related to the use of these tools within professional standards. Therefore, PCLB supports organizations that conduct high-quality investigative journalism, that make available the new tools to practitioners, and that offer professional training to investigative journalists.