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Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in Oklahoma City announces $1.5 million in awards

Grants from the Oklahoma City foundation will fund projects at 19 journalism organizations nationwide.
From Staff Reports Published: February 4, 2012
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The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) announced Friday the distribution of $1.5 million in grants to 19 journalism organizations nationwide.

Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism 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.

“EEJF focused a large majority of available funds toward nonprofit investigative news organizations this grant cycle,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. “These organizations are primarily startups with exciting new business models, each filling a void left by traditional news organizations.”

To learn more about Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, go to www.journalismfoundation.org or call 604-5388.

The grants awarded to organizations for projects addressing the foundation's core areas of focus are:

Investigative reporting

• $150,000 to Brandeis University for the Investigative Journalism Fellowship program, providing editorial and institutional support to independent journalists investigating government and corporate misconduct, fraud and corruption, injustice and human rights violations.

• $125,000 to Investigative News Network to increase editorial collaborations, share resources, provide back-office training and develop revenue generating programs for member nonprofit journalism centers.

• $100,000 to Center for Investigative Reporting to expand existing collaborations, create replicable new models for collaboration, and develop new revenue opportunities to help sustain nonprofit journalism.

• $100,000 to Fund for Investigative Journalism for grants and editorial guidance for independent investigative reporters, financially supporting accountability reporting in the U.S. and addressing the gap in coverage once offered by traditional media.

• $100,000 to InvestigateWest for Pacific Northwest Network, increasing the number of media partners providing investigative and public service news coverage in the region, diversifying funding sources and examining new strategies to support and expand journalism.

• $100,000 to Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network for general support of I-News, including a valuation of services by setting price points and sharing what's learned with others looking for ways to sustain in-depth journalism in their communities.

• $100,000 to Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism to expand leadership roles in transparency, ethics, training and high standards of accuracy and to share learning with other nonprofit investigative centers.

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