Funding for Excellent Journalism? Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Has It Covered

The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation announced their most recent round of national grants to the tune of $2.47 million to 21 different journalism organizations. As a comparison, their last round of grants, announced this past February, came in at $1.24 million and went to 18 journalism organizations nationwide. (You can compare the full lists here and here.)

One of the highlights of these awards was the announcement that EEJF will partner with Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism for a new initiative.

"We are excited to partner with Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism for the News Innovation Initiative," said Bob Ross,  president and CEO of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.  "This grant will allow them to continue providing a world-class journalism education utilizing the hospital model approach, and also form a stronger partnership with University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism under interim Dean Ed Kelley."

Oklahoma is, of course, where EEJF is based, and the "hospital model" is something we've talked about before here at IP. It involves more community-minded reporting and better utilization of new technologies and social media. It's a school of thought that Arizona State University has spearheaded for some time, so this announcement should come as no real surprise.

In addition, the list of grantees in this round of giving bolsters the idea that journalism organizations should be supported for embracing both new technologies and diverse revenue streams. Nearly all the grantees in the "Investigative Reporting" category include one or both of these elements. Some standout examples include:

  • Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting ($100,000) - For further development of its data analysis service and to increase multimedia storytelling for earned revenue opportunities.
  • Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting ($100,000) - To expand coverage of agribusiness through data apps and tools, visualizations, and audio/video content.
  • Connecticut Health I-Team ($75,000) - To initiate podcasts, expand use of data specialists, and to pursue in-depth projects with a strong multi-media, social media and live event component.
  • Boston University for New England Center for Investigative Reporting ($50,000) - To build audience through new forms of presentation by hiring freelance digital specialists in animation, video and interactive design.

The "Professional Development" category also included projects that incorporated new technologies:

  • Carole Kneeland Project ($85,000) - For conference workshops, online videos, bootcamps, webinars and one-on-one coaching focused on improving news directors’ leadership, ethics and journalism.
  • Institute for Justice and Journalism ($35,000) - General support for efforts to strengthen journalism about justice issues by providing trainings, funding story projects and developing digital tools.

EEJF has two deadlines a year for grant requests, one in May and the other in November (both on the 15th of the month). You can find the entire application process online here.