Hot on the heels of last week’s Knight News Challenge winners, two foundations have released details of journalism projects to receive funding.
New Voices – a project from the University of Maryland’s interactive journalism institute – has awarded funding of $17,000 each to 10 citizen media start-ups.
The recipients include: Cool State Online, a Californian project to set up micro bureaux covering news from the Asian and Latino communities; The Appalachian Independent, an online newspaper for the rural community in Maryland; and Family Life Behind Bars, a site where the families of prisoners can share information and experiences.
The progress of the winners (listed in full in a press release) can be viewed on the New Voices website.
Meanwhile, University of Central Lancashire journalism lecturer Andy Dickinson is to receive funding from
journalism lab Sandbox for a project mapping the movements of local reporters in their communities.
Reporters from print, radio and TV would be equipped with GPS devices to monitor their movements on a normal working day, explains Dickinson in a blog post.
“The project would then attempt to develop a matrix that visually demonstrated when and where the news agendas of local communities and those of professional media organizations coincide, with a view to examining the range of elements that lead to this juxtaposition.
Conducted in this way the research can explore ‘randomness’, and ‘proximity’ to breaking news as a value that impacts news agendas (and says something about reseources too).”
Congratulations to Andy – we’re already looking forward to the results.