2014-15 Winners

A dozen U.S. universities each won a $35,000 micro-grant in the first round of the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education to seed collaborative news experiments in living labs — their communities. Follow their journey to hack their curriculum through live news experiments. These winners will be featured on our site throughout the year.

Read about the selection process.

The Winning Schools

  • Arizona State University — Finding the Middle Ground
    Will early engagement with advocacy groups on opposing sides of a controversial issue – gun control – improve dialogue and reshape media coverage?
  • CUNY Graduate School of Journalism — Hack the Mold
    Will providing in-person and online engagement allow residents in New York City public housing to report on mold and improve cleanup efforts?
  • Florida International University — Sea Level Rise South Florida
    Can data feeds, “crowd hydrology,” student-led journalism and support from public TV increase community engagement on rising sea levels?
  • Georgia Collaborative — Georgia News Lab
    Can an ambitious collaborative of schools and major local news outlets increase newsroom diversity by training digitally-savvy investigative reporters?
  • San Diego State University — What’s in the Air
    Will using electronic Sensors to monitor air quality in San Diego better inform the public on pollution and its impact?
  • San Francisco State University — Newspoints
    Can a mobile- and web-based organizing tool improve reporting and get student journalists into the field more quickly?
  • Texas State University — TexasMusicViz
    Can music journalism break out of routine story forms, uncover unheard voices and untold tales and be more useful in new forms to the community?
  • University of Illinois — Intersections
    Can openly mapping a city’s often invisible social media conversations change the nature of journalism in that community?
  • University of Missouri — The Town Square
    Can television public affairs programming be reinvented by basing it on social media conversations?
  • University of New Mexico — New Mexico News Port
    Can is student-powered lav and publishing platform that curates content from a collaborative hub increase news in New Mexico?
  • University of Oklahoma — Talk With Us
    Can mobile video and GIA data create conversations in Oklahoma City between low-income residents and area leaders to put poverty on the agenda?
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison — The Confluence
    Can a statewide investigative collaborative use digital tools and volunteer monitoring to increase the impact of journalism on improving water quality?

Honorable Mentions

Thirteen schools received honorable mention for their projects: American University, Columbia College, DePaul University, El Paso Community College, Emerson College, Howard University, Mercer University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Kansas, University of Minnesota, USC-Annenberg, Virginia Commonwealth University and West Virginia University. Read more about them here.