2015-16 Challenge Fund Honorable Mentions

California College of Arts

“Story of the Gun”

Can story markers placed within a community encourage shared insights on the personal impact of guns in Oakland?

Partner: The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)
Matthew Tedford, Institutional Giving Manager

The City College of New York

“Harlem Focus”

Can a student-run interactive website increase community engagement with one of the country’s oldest African-American newspapers?

Partner: The Amsterdam News
Linda Villarosa, Director, CCNY Journalism Program

North Carolina A&T State University

“Food Matters”

Can training students through a community food cooperative decrease health disparities? Partner: WNAA-FM

Bonnie Davis, Associate Professor

Seattle University

“Tweets From The Margins: Students, Social Media and Diversity in Seattle News”

Can Seattle University students increase community use of social media in one of America’s most diverse zip codes to shape local coverage of income inequality, education and the arts?

Partner: The Seattle Times
Sonora Jha, Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Temple University

“Community Story-Sharing: Changing Public Education, Parent Engagement and Community Reporting in Philadelphia”

Can students develop a platform to increase participation of parents and families in Philadelphia schools?

Partner: Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Brian Creech, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism

University of Oregon

“Tone Tip Experiment in Radio Journalism”

Can new app technology increase radio broadcast engagement by providing metadata in real time?

Partners: UO Radio Station KWVA, Tone Command Inc.
Andrew DeVigal, Chair of Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement