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
Project: Putting FOIA to Work: Using Freedom of Information Act Requests to Engage Communities in Locally Relevant Reporting
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
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
Washington State University
Project: Can community-guided “parachute” journalism lead to meaningful coverage in rural areas?
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.
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.