Underscore.news, a digital-first newsroom, publishes Indigenous coverage of the Pacific Northwest for regional and national audiences. This newsroom model relies on audience-led reporting, local and regional newsroom partnerships and shared coverage at no cost. With wide dissemination, Underscore.news’ goal is to amplify the issues and everyday stories of Indigenous communities.

The newsroom is one of a pilot round of early-stage investments in leaders of young organizations having outsized impact and in need of business and revenue infrastructure. American Journalism Project’s two-year grants are structured to establish these fundamental operations and prepare the organizations for future growth.


  • Jackleen focuses on program, strategic planning and fundraising for Underscore. She was founding executive director of The Metcalf Institute for Marine + Environmental Reporting and is a former journalist and editor. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal and Indian Country Today, and she was a freelance editor for The Conversation.