Congratulations to the University of Maryland, 2018 Grand Prize winner

The team has been awarded an additional $50,000 for their “community data journalism” project examining the effects of extreme temperatures in low-income homes in Baltimore. See the list of all 2018 winners.

Learn About Their Project

The goal of the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education is to hack the journalism curriculum using customized versions of the teaching hospital model. The fund supports universities to partner with local news organizations, and explore new ways of providing information to their communities.

Winners receive up to $35,000 in grants to support local news experiments. Winners can then compete to win up to $100,000 in additional grand prizes for best project and evaluation. For more information, learn about how the Challenge Fund works, or read the program FAQ.

Explore all 42 recipients

Over four funding cycles, ONA has awarded dozens of micro-grants to innovative educational projects. Explore the classes of recipients below.

2018 Winners 2017 Winners 2015 Winners 2014 Winners

Students across the country

The winning projects have involved hundreds of students and professionals from across the United States. The map below represents the universities in the 2017 and 2018 recipient classes.


Once again, we’ve partnered with the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the Rita Allen Foundation and The Scripps Howard Foundation to offer this $1 million challenge in 2017 and 2018.

Will these projects change the face of journalism education as we know it? We hope so. Our three previous rounds of grant winners are busy experimenting with teams of educators, technologists, researchers, students and media professionals, all excited about collaboratively exploring the possibilities.

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