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.