The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation announced Friday the distribution of $1.84 million in grants to 23 journalism organizations nationwide.
Local grant recipients are Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, $50,000 to fund summer internship programs for college journalism students at Oklahoma newspapers; and Institute for Justice and Journalism, $100,000 for Immigration in the Heartland, a four-day fellowship program in partnership with University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Grants awarded include $837,500 for investigative reporting programs, $365,000 for professional development, $250,000 for youth education and $290,000 for special opportunities.
Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, the foundation's mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.
The following grants were awarded to organizations for projects addressing the foundation’s core areas of focus:
- $100,000 to Centro de Periodismo Investigativo to create public access databases and present workshops on investigative journalism as both revenue stream and to promote investigative journalism in Puerto Rico.
- $100,000 to Florida Center for Investigative Reporting to support government accountability reporting, data visualizations, and collaborations with traditional, ethnic, Spanish-language and emerging media.
- $100,000 to Investigative Newsource to establish a financial model that relies on diverse revenue streams, including joint-fundraising with public broadcast.
- $100,000 to Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting to increase individual support, transition website from secondary source of distribution to primary, and to develop a meter model pilot to charge media partners for stories.
- $100,000 to Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting to support collaboration with a consortium of university professors to produce content focused on agribusiness, and to build a web site and social media presence.
- $100,000 to Online Journalism Project for Connecticut Health investigative Team to support expansion of health and safety investigative story production, searchable databases and platforms.
- $75,000 to Boston University for New England Center for Investigative Reporting to expand "Public Eye" monthly investigative reporting subscription service to TV stations and newspapers.
- $75,000 to NJSpotlight.com to expand coverage of public policy news in New Jersey, increase public engagement and strengthen computer-assisted reporting and data analysis.
- $75,000 to WyoFile to add staff dedicated to reporting on the Wyoming Legislature and on Wind River Indian Reservation issues.
- $50,000 to TucsonSentinel for investigative reporting on the U.S.-Mexico border to include coverage of enforcement efforts, environmental issues and the impact of immigration.
- $42,500 to Center For Excellence In Health Care Journalism for development of a database and document archive of hospital inspection reports.
- $20,000 to American University for WAMU public radio investigation scrutinizing contributions to campaigns in Washington DC and Maryland.
- $100,000 to Institute for Justice and Journalism for Immigration in the Heartland, a 4-day fellowship program in partnership with the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication focusing on the effects of immigration.
- $80,000 to American University for J-Lab, an incubator for hyper local news entrepreneurs, for training programs and an online learning module to teach site publishers how to use available audience measurement tools.
- $75,000 to University of California, Berkeley for data reporting and visualization workshops to provide journalists with skills needed to use data as a source for reporting.
- $60,000 to Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources for expedition-style professional development programs to help journalists increase their preparedness to cover complex water and energy issues.
- $50,000 to Center for Responsive Politics for regional seminars to train journalists to cover political payback. Seminars will examine money in politics data and share latest techniques in tracking money's influence.
- $150,000 to Arizona State University for Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism’s salary and housing expense for three years. The course emphasizes discussion and analyses of case studies, often involving current news coverage.
- $50,000 to Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation for salaries of college journalism students working summer internships at community newspapers with very limited budgets.
- $50,000 to Youth News Service Los Angeles Bureau for a satellite bureau at Locke High School #1 in Watts for teens unable to travel to the office in Los Angeles.
- $134,000 to National Press Club Journalism Institute for The Kalb Report, an educational series exploring the transformation of journalism in the 21st century. Forums are presented at the National Press Club.
- $84,500 to Student Press Law Center for the Attorney Advocate program, providing free legal help to journalism students and educators on issues from censorship to copyright.
- $71,500 to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for a one-year legal fellowship focused on assisting working journalists on issues involving libel, privacy and confidential sources.
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