Congratulations to the University of Maryland, 2018 Grand Prize winner

The team has been awarded an additional $50,000 for their “community data journalism” project examining the effects of extreme temperatures in low-income homes in Baltimore. See the list of all 2018 winners.

Learn About their Project

The goal of the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education is to hack the journalism curriculum using customized versions of the teaching hospital model. The fund supports universities to partner with local news organizations, and explore new ways of providing information to their communities.

Winners receive up to $35,000 in grants to support local news experiments. Winners can then compete to win up to $100,000 in additional grand prizes for best project and evaluation. For more information, learn about how the Challenge Fund works, or read the program FAQ.

Past Winners

In total, 42 collaborative projects have been funded through the Challenge Fund. Take a look at where the 2017 winners were from:

In 2018, 9 projects won Challenge Fund grants. Learn more

In 2017, 10 projects won Challenge Fund grants. Learn more

In 2015, 11 projects won Challenge Fund grants. Learn more

In 2014, 12 projects won Challenge Fund grants. Learn more


Once again, we’ve partnered with the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the Rita Allen Foundation and The Scripps Howard Foundation to offer this $1 million challenge in 2017 and 2018.

Will these projects change the face of journalism education as we know it? We hope so. Our three previous rounds of grant winners are busy experimenting with teams of educators, technologists, researchers, students and media professionals, all excited about collaboratively exploring the possibilities.

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