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ONA names winners of j-school Challenge Fund grants

Gun control, public housing conditions, rising sea levels and air quality are among the topics that 12 university journalism schools plan to tackle with micro-grants provided by the Challenge Fund. Four foundations that sponsor the fund put out a call last October seeking project proposals from journalism programs that would promote innovation in community news coverage and experimentation in digital technology. The Online News Association, which administers the grants, announced the winners Friday, along with descriptions of the projects as they might be distilled down to a tweet:
  • Arizona State University: "Public engagement tools can influence coverage and change the conversation – even on an issue as contentious as guns."
  • CUNY Graduate School of Journalism: ".@cunyjschool & @NYDailyNews crowdsource mold scourge in public housing to bring action/#accountability"
  • Florida International University: "Always live hyperlocal sea level rise news and mobile info. How does SLR impact where you live? #SLRSoFla #crowdhydrology"
  • Georgia Collaborative -- Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, and University of Georgia: "New partnership will train students in investigative reporting & data journalism, diversify newsrooms, engage community & #hackcurriculum"
  • San Diego State University: "What’s in the air in San Diego? SDSU students collaborate with local media to find out. Help us collect the data!"
  • San Francisco State University: "#Newspoints guides, organizes and maps your #reporting, interviews and #multimedia. Put your reporting on the map."
  • Texas State University: "Music tells the stories of a community, it’s history, culture, economy and social interaction. Share your story."
  • University of Illinois: "See how social media intersects with your life every day and in every way even if you don’t see it – whether events, policies, ideas, opinions or decisions."
  • University of Missouri: "Citizens have their say as experts, deciders & reporters listen."
  • University of New Mexico: "Strange bedfellows? News & Strat Comm students launch start-up. “We make local news go viral!” #UNM"
  • University of Oklahoma: "Our @ONA grant proposal: conversation on poverty in Oklahoma City with mobile video, GIS #hackcurriculum"
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Who watches Wisconsin water? @WisWatch & @UWMadison students reporting on quality & supply. Join us at & @waterwatchwi"
Honorable mentions went to: American University, Columbia College, DePaul University, El Paso Community College, Emerson College, Howard University, Mercer University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Kansas, University of Minnesota, USC-Annenberg, Virginia Commonwealth University and West Virginia University. Each of the winners receive $35,000 grants funded by the Knight Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Democracy Fund and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
in downtown Detroit, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit news outlets join forces in reporting from the grass roots

A long worn-out joke about Detroit goes something like this: “The last one out of the city, please turn off the lights.”

It’s a tired jab at a city that has taken more than its share of punches for its … Read more

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Knight wants to help fix the Internet

Knight Foundation | The Verge | The Guardian
The first Knight News Challenge of the year asks: "How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?"

Knight, with help from the Ford Foundation and Mozilla, is offering $2.75 million for the winning ideas. The challenge aims "to attract a broad range of innovative ideas from journalism, policy, research and education."

The challenge comes just after Verge Managing Editor Nilay Patel wrote a much-passed-around essay called "The Internet Is Fucked (But We Can Fix It)." Its thesis: "the internet is a utility, there is zero meaningful competition to provide that utility to Americans, all internet providers should be treated equally, and the FCC is doing a miserably ineffective job."

Patel is skeptical that the market can address these problems on its own, because of lack of competition among Internet providers. He suggests pressure on the FCC to stop Comcast's planned merger with Time Warner, for instance:
American politicians love to stand on the edges of important problems by insisting that the market will find a solution. And that’s mostly right; we don’t need the government meddling in places where smart companies can create their own answers. But you can’t depend on the market to do anything when the market doesn’t exist.
Last month Dan Gillmor called on major philanthropic foundations to help address what he called the "the forces of centralization" he says are "inexorably strangling democratized technology and communications."
Please fund a bunch of research and development of open technologies and services. In other words, help re-create an infrastructure for tech liberty. Don't pick winners. Pick possibilities and help as many as possible, building on current experiments and projects and finding new ones that sound promising. Understand that most will fail, and be fine with that.
Knight plans a panel during SXSW called "Remember When the Internet Was Free?" on Saturday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m.

Journalism education site hopes to become hub for ‘solutions journalism’

PBS' MediaShift launched a site focused on journalism education Wednesday. EducationShift hopes to become "the central hub for journalism educators, students and professionals to find resources, tools and support for transforming their work," University of Wisconsin professor Katy Culver writes in an introductory post. Culver, who has taught and written for Poynter, is EducationShift's curator.

EducationShift went live with a collection of articles that suggest its focus will indeed be on “solutions journalism," as Culver puts it: Sue Robinson on "Creating a Social Media Class Out of Nothing"; Erica Salkin on how student journalists can avoid legal scuffles; Irving Washington on how to win a challenge grant for journalism education. The effort is funded by Knight and its "charter sponsor" is Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

The publication plans biweekly Twitter chats; this Friday at 1 p.m. ET Poynter's Howard Finberg and Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation will discuss whether j-school is necessary. Some texts you might want to bone up on if you're planning to tune in:

Knight will give $1 million to news nonprofits fund

Investigative News Network
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation expects to give up to $35,000 each to about 30 news nonprofits and public media outlets as part of a $1 million grant to a fund administered by the Investigative News Network.

INN is an umbrella group for news nonprofits that helps such organizations share resources and work toward sustainability. INN will choose the recipients of the grants and manage the "INNovation Fund." (more...)

Livingston Awards for young journalists expanding digital efforts

Journalists 34 years old and younger have until Feb. 1 to apply for the Livingston Awards recognizing excellence in journalism, which are now expanding in an effort to attract more submissions from those practicing digital journalism.

"At a moment when journalism has something of an image problem, the Livingstons should also showcase annual examples of why that could and should change," said Livingston Awards founder and director Charles Eisendrath in a prepared release.

The Knight Foundation, which supports the annual awards, is contributing $450,000 in additional funding to expand the program's digital-media efforts and outreach. The University of Michigan will match the amount, further providing "time for the prestigious awards to build a permanent endowment," the release states. (more...)
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Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner (Wikimedia Foundation photo).

Knight innovation award winner selects MuckRock for $25,000 grant

Wikimedia's Sue Gardner received the Knight Foundation's first innovation award Monday night and she paid it forward with a $25,000 grant to MuckRock, an open government platform that eases requests for public records. Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation which operates the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, was honored for her leadership in digital media and universal access to the Internet. Since she was named as foundation executive director in 2007, Wikipedia has grown to become the world's fifth largest website, the Knight Foundation said in a press release. (more...)

NPR grants will ‘reimagine the public radio experience for digital listening’

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NPR will use close to $17 million in grants to increase coverage and help build a mobile platform, Elizabeth Jensen reported Sunday in The New York Times.

The grants come from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Wallace Foundation as well as three individual donors, Jensen reported. (more...)
Cover art from Knight Foundation's report on nonprofit news startups. (Knight Foundation)

Knight Foundation support for nonprofit news startups shifts focus to growth, sustainability

The Knight Foundation has released a detailed new report today arguing that well-run nonprofit news sites can weather their growing pains and operate at break-even or better.

The report itself has a wealth of statistics on 18 selected sites, all … Read more


$1 million in micro-grants available to journalism schools

Journalism schools are being challenged to lead innovative as part of a trifecta of digital initiatives announced by the Knight Foundation today. A four-way collaboration among the Democracy Fund, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and run by the Online News Association, the Challenge Fund is a “micro-granting program for journalism schools that want to experiment, want to try live news experiments,” said Eric Newton, adviser to the Knight Foundation president. The 15-25 Challenge Fund grantee teams will get a maximum of $35,000 to produce news projects that foster collaboration, engender student-produced community news coverage, and experiment with new digital technology. “We hope that through these experiments, those will show that the different kinds of things – the research parts of the university, the tech parts of the university, the journalism parts – can be on a team to try something new,” Newton said. In “Searchlights and Sunglasses,” a digital tool and teaching tool also unveiled today, Newton alludes to this and programs like it, saying, “We need to develop truth technology to counter those who will use the new tools to mislead.” The opportunity is there for journalism students and researchers to be the innovators, he said. Two teams will win overall prizes, according to the four organizations’ press release – overall prizes will go to “the project most likely to change either local newsgathering, journalism education or both” and to “the best project evaluation, regardless of the experiment’s outcome.” Winners will be chosen by academic advisers and ONA leaders. Great tools for storytelling and newsgathering are being invented in colleges, Newton said, but not usually in journalism departments. “There’s no technological reason why a journalism school couldn’t be part of the whole university, including the part that’s making the communication technologies of tomorrow, and making sure those developments help society,” he said. “The only barrier is a self-constructed one – there’s not a moat filled with hot lava.” OpenNews Gets $4 Million to Expand Knight-Mozilla Program The third part of today’s Knight Foundation announcements is that the Knight Foundation will expand its Knight-Mozilla project, OpenNews, by $4 million. Born from Mozilla in 2010 and supported by Knight funding since 2011, OpenNews places Knight-Mozilla fellows in newsrooms to develop digital answers to newsroom problems. The fellows have created more than 50 software projects, according to the Knight Foundation. The additional funds will support the fellowship program, journalism “hack days,” “Source,” an OpenNews online publication in which developers can share code and journalism tools, and the 2014 Source Conference, which the foundation press release describes as an “unconference” and hack day devoted to journalism technology.