OKLAHOMA CITY —
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) announced Wednesday the distribution of $1.85 million in grants to 24 journalism organizations nationwide.
Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.
“The awards announced today, many to nonprofit, impact journalism organizations, provide funding for the delivery of high-quality journalism,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. “We know the future of journalism rests in leaders willing to take an entrepreneurial approach and our grants will allow them to continue their great work.”
The following grants were awarded to organizations for projects addressing the foundation’s core areas of focus:
• $100,000 to Center for Investigative Reporting for public engagement activities that track reach and impact across multiple platforms, create open source digital interactives to make data accessible, convene public forums and develop collaborations between technologists and journalists.
• $100,000 to Connecticut Health I-Team for reporting and distribution of investigative health and safety stories through multi-media platforms, training consumers to use searchable databases and solidifying sustainability through partnerships and private donors.
• $100,000 to Florida Center for Investigative Reporting for government accountability reporting, expanded revenue programs, data visualization and collaborations with traditional, ethnic, Spanish-language and emerging media.
• $100,000 to Investigative Newsource for hiring a director of development and operations, constructing and launching a strategic plan and establishing revenue generating programs.
• $100,000 to Midwest Center For Investigative Reporting to expand and improve the overall resources, training and watchdog reporting on agribusiness of the Midwest Center and its partner, the Investigative Journalism Education Consortium.
• $75,000 to NJSpotlight.com for further development of projects for increasing public engagement of local communities while strengthening its computer-assisted reporting and data analysis as a means to bring greater accountability.