Apply Now: Funding to Start
Community News Projects
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December 4, 2007
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism invites U.S. nonprofit groups and education organizations to apply for funding to launch community news ventures in 2008 and to share best practices and lessons learned from their efforts.
The New Voices project will help fund the start-up of 10 innovative local news initiatives next year. Each project may receive as much as $17,000 in grants over two years. Thirty New Voices projects have been funded since 2005.
Eligible to receive funding are 501(c)3 organizations and education institutions, including civic groups, community organizations, public and community broadcasters, schools, colleges and universities - and individuals working under the sponsorship of a nonprofit fiscal agent.
Grant guidelines and online application can be found at www.J-NewVoices.org. Project proposals are due February 20, 2008.
“New Voices projects are training citizen journalists and helping to provide local news and information in communities where there is little available news,” said Jan Schaffer, J-Lab executive director. “We are impressed with how much the first 30 grantees have accomplished for their communities.”
New Voices is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and administered by J-Lab, a center of the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism.
Of the 10 projects to be funded in 2008, at least three will be targeted for former Knight newspaper communities. See Knight’s list of Community Partners at http://www.knightfdn.org/default.asp?story=cpp/index.asp.
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The Knight Foundation invests in journalism excellence worldwide and in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Since 1950 the foundation has granted more than $300 million to advance quality journalism and freedom of expression. It focuses on projects with the potential to create transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfdn.org.
J-Lab helps news organizations and citizens use new media technologies to create fresh ways for people to participate in public life. It also administers the Knight Citizen News Network (www.kcnn.org) and the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism (www.j-lab.org/batten.shtml).
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