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?
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.