2018 Winners

Ten projects from U.S. universities each won $35,000 for a fourth round of the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education to partner with local news organizations and experiment with new ways of providing news and information.

Two universities selected from past challenge winners won $15,000 each in research prizes for continued support of their excellent work. Additionally, the University of Nevada, Reno, won a $50,000 grand prize for the project Noticiero Móvil to adapt digital reporting tools for an immigration-focused student newsroom.

Read the press release about the 2018 winners.

2018 Challenge Fund Winners

Emerson College
Project: Putting FOIA to Work: Using Freedom of Information Act Requests to Engage Communities in Locally Relevant Reporting

Howard University
Project: The News Oasis

North Arizona University
Project: Media Justice: Cultivating a citizen-based news ecosystem for underserved and indigenous communities

Northeastern Illinois University
Project: DACAmentation: Journalism by Dreamers for Dreamers

Quinnipiac University
Project: Three Billboards (+Three Listening Posts) Inside Hamden, Connecticut

University of Maryland
Project: Frozen out: a Community Data Journalism Project

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project: Ai Journalist

University of Texas at El Paso
Project: Engaging Community Across Borders through Media

Wake Forest University
Project: Reporting Race and Immigration from the Other Side of the Great Divide

Washington State University
Project: Can community-guided “parachute” journalism lead to meaningful coverage in rural areas?

 

Research Prizes

San Diego State University was awarded a research prize for the project What’s in the Air, a collaboration on innovative news gathering about air quality in San Diego.

West Virginia University was awarded a research prize for the project Stream Lab, exploring a model for beacon-triggered, sensor journalism in West Virginia waterways.

 

Grand Prize

The University of Nevada, Reno, won a $50,000 grand prize for the project Noticiero Móvil to adapt digital reporting tools for an immigration-focused student newsroom.