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.
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?
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.