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New Voices is a pioneering program to seed innovative community news ventures in the United States. Through 2010, New Voices is helping to fund the start-up of 56 micro-local news projects.


New Voices is a pioneering program to seed innovative community news ventures in the United States. Through 2010, New Voices has helped to fund the start-up of 55 micro-local news projects. The 2010 grantees will receive $17,000 grants and have the opportunity for $8,000 in follow-up funding after one year. New Voices is administered by J-Lab at American University and supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

2010 New Voices Grantees

Features from the Grantees

The new Tipster 2.0 went live on April 20, 2012, on, helping to make the government, business and politics website a much more interactive experience. It gives readers more ways to shape the news. Learn more.

Oregon Arts Watch received first-year support from 11 area arts organizations, created a six-member board of directors and launched their website, featuring content from local journalists. Also scoring an ad partnership, this grantee is doing very well. Read more. has reported positive cash flow every month of 2011, with a projection of the trend continuing through 2013. Although attributed to advertising, Grosse Pointe has been successful in five cities and is a recognizable alt news source. Learn more.  



J-Lab’s New Voices program has met its goal of seeding dozens of projects that provide much needed news and information to communities across the United States.  As our recent “New Voices: What Works” report shows, of the 48 projects launched through mid-2010, 88 percent are still online and 76 percent are actively updated.

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J-Lab will not administer New Voices grants for 2011. Still have an idea to build a community news site, or ready to launch on your own? Look through our learning modules at and toolkits at

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News Cafes Bring Local Engagement for Oakland Local

Oakland Local has launched a series of community issue-oriented breakfasts at cafes around that Bay-Area city, discussing events they have covered – and they’re selling out. This post originally appeared on the Investigative News Network website on March 16, 2012.

New Voices Site Sees Strong Content and Bottom Line Growth

Stories about financial success and strong content top the latest news from our New Voices grantees. 

Oakland Local Honored with Innovators Award

It was announced March 28 that the news site will receive a 2011 Oakland Innovators Award from Oaklandish for pioneering work in the community.

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American University School of CommunicationJohn S. and James L. Knight FoundationJ-LabNew Voices is an initiative of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. J-LabTM is an incubator for innovative, participatory news experiments and is a center of American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C.
New Voices is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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