The Norman Transcript

February 13, 2014

OU journalism programs receive grant funding

Both programs aim to attract youth to journalism field

The Norman Transcript



     Two OU Gaylord College of journalism programs were among 19 recipients of grant funds announced today by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

      The Oklahoma City-based foundation will distribute $1.9 million in grants this spring. At OU, recipients include $90,000 to the Oklahoma Scholastic Media Initiative, providing grants for equipment, software and training to high schools starting or improving online newspapers and $39,000 to the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism, providing opportunities for historically underrepresented populations of high school students interested in journalism.

          The foundation also awarded $432,890 to Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation for the Breaking News & Reporting Terrorism Exhibit, allowing visitors to learn about the experiences of journalists who covered the bombing and the role of the media as the conduit between the event and the waiting public.

           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.

      "EEJF is excited to form new partnerships with start-up investigative news organizations, as well as continue our long standing relationships with established groups" said Bob Ross, President and CEO of Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. "We hope our portfolio of grantees will strive to find innovative best practices for high impact journalism."