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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

• $85,000 to The Lens to build capacity of reporting, board, staff, social media, fundraising and back-office operations. The Lens produces watchdog journalism to empower New Orleanians to advocate for accountable governance.

• $80,000 to FairWarning for creation of a freelance fund to increase output of investigative stories on safety and health issues, and for fundraising, marketing and sustainability research and planning.

• $75,000 to American University for Investigative Reporting Workshop for continued development of new approaches and new thinking for the creation and delivery of high-quality investigative journalism.

• $10,000 to WYPR for a yearlong investigative reporting and media project about how race and class divide Baltimore.

Professional development

• $100,000 to Investigative Reporters and Editors for the Better Watchdog Workshop series, training journalists to use documents and data to hold government, business and community leaders accountable.

• $50,000 to Education Writers Association to upgrade online tools and resources for journalists who cover education, enhancing knowledge of key topics and building capacity to effectively cover education issues.

• $25,000 to American Copy Editors Society for development of training materials and marketing plans for a series of intensive, one-day regional training sessions focusing on challenges in the digital age.

• $25,000 to Society of American Business Editors and Writers for regional workshops focusing on investigative reporting for business journalists and for a program to support investigative reporting skills at small to mid-sized media outlets.

Youth education

• $85,000 to University of Oklahoma Foundation for Oklahoma Scholastic Media Initiative to disburse grants for equipment, software and training to high schools starting or improving newspapers.

• $40,000 to Fund for American Studies for the Institute on Political Journalism, introducing college journalists to the principles of free market economics and ethics while providing practical experience in political journalism.

Special opportunities

• 55,750 to Syracuse University to compile detailed records about every FOIA denial at the administrative level as they occur on an agency-by-agency basis to publicly spotlight those who ignore the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

• $50,000 to Oklahoma City University Mass Communications Department to produce a biweekly television show to analyze and critique reporting of political issues, candidates, debates and campaign strategies during 2012, leading up to the November election.