2015-16 Winners

Eleven projects from 13 U.S. universities each won a $35,000 micro-grant in the second 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 were featured on our website throughout the year.

The Winning Schools

  • Duke University — Structured Stories NYC
    Can structured journalism help New Yorkers navigagte complex government stories?
  • Howard University — HU Insight
    Can students create a digital network for fact-checking and investigating claims about the African-American community?
  • Indiana University — Indiana State Forest Logging
    Can data-driven, immersive multimedia reframe the conversation around the increased logging of Indiana’s state forests?
  • J-School Collaborative — An Internet of Food Trucks
    Can a project tracking food truck lines show news organizations how to develop commercially valuable data?
  • Kennesaw State University — Youth Voices, Virtual Worlds
    Can virtual reality tell the stories of marginalized youth in the Georgia juvenile system?
  • Marquette University — Milwaukee Poverty Database
    Can a searchable poverty database spur action in Milwaukee’s central city?
  • University of Florida — Gamification and Collaboration
    Can gamification increase a community’s understanding of water supply and help conservation?
  • University of Nevada, Reno — Noticiero Móvil
    Can events journalism engage a local Hispanic community to follow government news affecting Latinos?
  • University of Oregon — Don’t Wait For the Quake
    Can audience attitudes, measured during a live event, impact emergency preparedness coverage?
  • Washington State University — News in Traumatized Communities
    Can new forms of newsgathering spark engagement in communities in the aftermath of a tragedy?
  • West Virginia University — Stream Lab
    Can sensor journalism increase engagement around contaminated water issues?

Honorable Mentions

Six projects received honorable mention for their projects: California College of Arts, The City College of New York, North Carolina A&T State University, Seattle University, Temple University and a second submission from the University of Oregon. Read more about them here.