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Foundations, Funding and Investigative Journalism

The Fund For Investigative Journalism issues a number of grants each year to provide resources for “projects relating to government accountability, economic inequities, and environmental issues in the United States.”

Last week I had the opportunity to talk with Sandy Bergo, the Fund’s Executive Director, about the type of applicants they’re looking for, the role foundations play in funding investigative journalism and how younger journalists can break into the field. The interview here lasts about 10 minutes.

Today is actually the deadline for one such round (see here and here). Average grants run about $5,000 and are typically used for travel, document collection and equipment rental.

If you don’t have a proposal right now, keep an eye on their schedule. As said, they issue multiple grants a few times a year for journalists in all stages of their careers. — Michael

UPDATE: The application deadline for this round of grants has been extended to Monday, March 18 at 5pm.

Apply now! Opportunities for journalists and students

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We’ve pulled together a number of opportunites for journalists that have deadlines looming. Apply now for these grants, scholarships and training opportunities. 

Grants
The International Women’s Media Foundation will award three $20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists to help them launch their own digital media start-ups. Deadline is Jan. 25, 2013. Apply here.

The Alexia Foundation, which supports photojournalists documenting humanitarian and social justice issues, is offering grants to students who produce still photos and multimedia projects and to professional photographers. Deadline is Jan. 18, 2013 for professionals and Feb. 1, 2013 for students.

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are accepting applications for the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs award, which will provide four women-led media projects with $14,000 each. Applications are due by Jan. 23, 2013. Apply here.

Workshops and trainings
“Nobody was born a successful media titan. They developed a set of skills that allowed them to succeed.” The Maynard Media Academy at Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, which trains media entrepreneurial leadership and management, is accepting applicants for 2013. Participants attend two sessions, in January and March, 2013, to develop their business and leadership skills. Tuition is $3,5000 and applications are due by Dec. 31. Apply here.

Get an introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization with a free online course offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. The six-week course runs from Jan. 12 through Feb. 23, 2013. Sign up.

American Press Institute’s Transformation Tour is a series of workshops on digital skills for journalists. If you register in December, the cost is only $100 — that goes up to $200 in 2013. The next session, on Transformational Communities, will focus on connecting news organizations to their digital communities and increasing engagement. The session, led by Chuck Peters of the Gazette Co. and Jeff Sonderman of Poynter Institute, is Dec. 7 in Arlington, Va. Register here.

Opportunities for students
AP is now accepting applications for its global news internship program. AP will accept as many as 20 interns for summer 2013. The program, open to full-time students and recent college graduates, places interns throughout the U.S. and in Jerusalem, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, Moscow, New Delhi, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul and Tokyo. Visit AP.org for information on how to apply.

Students can win a $5,000 scholarship by participating in Free to Tweet, a celebration of First Amendment rights funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and organized by 1 for All. High school and college students can participate through Dec. 15 by tweeting their support for their favorite First Amendment freedom with #FreetoTweet.

See more opportunities on journalists.org.

FJP: We often get messaged about where to look for such opportunities. These are great programs. Apply away.

I.F. Stone Award Open for Applications

The Investigative Fund is accepting applications for its fall 2012 I.F. Stone Award for emerging journalists.

Background:

Twice a year, in the fall and spring, The Investigative Fund will accept investigative proposals from young and emerging reporters, or reporting teams, and will select one or two I.F. Stone Award winners. Winners of the I.F. Stone Award will receive funding to cover the reporting costs of their project, up to a maximum of $10,000; editorial guidance from Investigative Fund editors; access to such subscription services as Nexis and Accurint; and assistance with placement of the investigation in a print, online, or broadcast outlet…

…With the I.F. Stone Award, The Investigative Fund will create a pathway for emerging journalists to publish or air their first or early-career investigations. We hope the award will not only cultivate diverse journalistic talent, but help ensure that investigative reporting continues to be responsive to a broad and eclectic audience.

Deadline for applications is November 30. Application and more information found here.

The Investigative Fund is a project of the Nation Institute.  

Five Ways to Get a Grant to Finance Your Journalism Career

1. Be Specific in Your Application

Think of a topic, project or proposal that you are excited about. Then make it more specific. Then make it even more specific.

2. Like a Good Reporter, Do Your Research

Once you’ve chosen a proposal, seriously investigate the organizations that are most likely to care about your work.

3. If a Grant is Only Available to Organizations, Don’t Get Discouraged

A huge chunk of grants are designed to support nonprofit organizations but, as it turns out, there is a way for strong individual applicants to take advantage of them anyway.

“If a foundation is interested in giving you a grant, but they only fund organizations, you can go through a fiscal sponsor,” Kira Kay, executive director of the Bureau for International Reporting, said by phone. “They provide you with the administration and legal legitimacy of a nonprofit, so you can harvest foundation grants that aren’t normally available to individuals.”

Here’s how it works: Fiscal sponsors are official 501(c)(3) public charities that are eligible to receive nonprofit grants, but can pass their sponsorship onto individual grant applicants. By going through a fiscal sponsor, individuals can seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations in the same way that nonprofit organizations can.

4. Consider Grants that Aren’t Specifically for Reporters

If you’d like to do an international project, look for grant funding from NGOs, aid organizations, or research foundations that focus on your country, region or topic of interest. For example, the Luce Scholars Program offers grants for projects in Asia, while Inter American Press Association Fellowships fund projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

If you work in multimedia formats, consider grants for photographers, radio producers and filmmakers, such as the Aaron Siskind Foundation Grant orNational Press Photographers Association Grants. Even broad grants that fund general research projects, like the Fulbright, can be great ways to subsidize long-term freelance reporting work.

5. Demonstrate Potential for Success

So for journalists who don’t have a well-established portfolio of clips (or don’t have clips that are relevant to their grant project), examples of self-published work can be just as useful.

“I’m a big believer in producing a project that you believe in that showcases your skills and putting it on your own website,” Moore said by phone. “People who are interested in funding don’t care whether your project has appeared on NPR — they just want to know that you can get a project done.”

Read more at Poynter.

Photojournalism: Tim Hetherington Grant Application Opens

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch are now accepting applications for the second Tim Hetherington Grant.

Created to celebrate the legacy of photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, the “annual grant, worth €20,000, will be awarded to a photographer to complete an existing project on a human rights theme. The judges will look for the qualities that defined Tim’s career when reviewing the applications: work that operates on multiple platforms and in a variety of formats; that crosses boundaries between breaking news and longer-term investigation; and that demonstrates a consistent moral commitment to the lives and stories of the photographic subjects.”

Last year, Stephen Ferry used the grant for Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict.

Applications are due November 15 and can be found here.

Call for Entries: $1 Million African News Challenge

The African Media Initiative has opened a $1 million news challenge. The initiative will offer grants from $12,500 to $100,000 for African-based projects and is modeled after the Knight News Challenge in the United States.

Via African News Challenge:

This innovation challenge focuses on journalism and the news media.

We are looking for disruptive digital ideas for improving the way that news is collected and disseminated.

By digital ideas, we mean tools or strategies that use the Internet, mobile platforms, data driven journalism, computer assisted reporting, digitally augmented reality, or other electronic means to improve the relevance and impact of news media.

Your ideas should be focused on providing pragmatic solutions to realworld challenges facing Africa’s media.

Your innovation should fall into any of four broad categories: news gathering; story telling; audience engagement; or the business of news.

The competition opens today with the submission deadline on July 10.

More information is available here.

For this year’s first Knight News Challenge, we intend to harness the momentum from people thinking about and building networks. In the course of our work, we often come across proposals to “build a Facebook that connects X and Y.” We want to move away from that. There are a lot of vibrant networks and platforms, on- and off-line, that can be used to connect us with the news and information we need to make decisions about our lives. This challenge will not fund new networks. Rather, we’re asking you to describe ways you might use existing platforms to drive innovation in media and journalism.

John Bracken, Knight Foundation. Announcing the Knight News Challenge: Networks.

The News Challenge will be open for applications starting February 27 and close March 17. Info at the link above.

To All the (US-Based) Ladies in the House

The International Women’s Media Foundation is awarding three $20,000 grants to women-led digital journalism startups.

The application deadline is March 2 and is open to US-based women for a project that has not yet launched.

FAQ and application materials are located here.

H/T: 10000 Words

Via Fast Company:

Without computers, news outlets have been forced to rely on readers to comb through data dumps (such as the Palin emails), or dedicate a substantial number of man-hours from their staffs (what the New York Times had to do for WikiLeaks).

Now, new data software (and millions in grants from Google and the Knight Foundation) aim to make all journalists data journalists.

Via Fast Company:

Without computers, news outlets have been forced to rely on readers to comb through data dumps (such as the Palin emails), or dedicate a substantial number of man-hours from their staffs (what the New York Times had to do for WikiLeaks).

Now, new data software (and millions in grants from Google and the Knight Foundation) aim to make all journalists data journalists.

Journo Grants and Awards

Via J-Lab:

The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism reward news and information ideas that significantly enhance opportunities for digital engagement. The awards honor novel efforts that actively involve people in public issues, supply entry points that invite their participation, sit their imagination, and meet their information needs in creative ways. Deadline: June 6, 2011.

The awards run from $6,000 to $10,000 and focus community and engagement.

Google Mapping Developer Grants

Google Earth Outreach is offering $10 - $20,000 grants to non-profits that are creating mapping applications on the Google Earth platform.

Over the past several years, amazing maps have been created from the public benefit sector in key areas, including environmental conservation, human rights, public health, and more! We hope the Google Earth Outreach Developer Grants will spur the development of some more stellar examples of how Google mapping technologies can help non-profits in their work.

Deadline to apply is May 26 at 11:59 PST. That means you East Coasters get extra hours before the deadline hits.

Getty Images is offering five $20,000 grants to “provide photojournalists with the funding and freedom to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance.” 
Application deadline is May 1 with winners announced in September.
Above, 2010 grant winner Stefano De Luigi’s TIA - This is Africa.

Getty Images is offering five $20,000 grants to “provide photojournalists with the funding and freedom to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance.” 

Application deadline is May 1 with winners announced in September.

Above, 2010 grant winner Stefano De Luigi’s TIA - This is Africa.

Knight, Mozilla Partner to Bring Innovation to the News

Kudos to Knight for specifically looking to partner with an organization that understands and does Open Source.

Via the Knight Foundation Blog:

Today we announce the Knight-Mozilla News Technology partnership, a $2.5 million project, featuring news technology fellowships and an innovation challenge. The partnership will accelerate media innovation by solving technological challenges, developing new news products and services of the Web and embedding technologists in news organizations. Everything done through the Knight-Mozilla Innovation Challenge and by Knight-Mozilla Fellows will be open, providing knowledge, solutions and open-source products that are valuable and useful to the whole field.

This partnership spurs media innovation and helps news organizations facing the same or similar challenges understand how to solve them. Strategically, this aligns with recommendation number one of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy to direct efforts toward innovation that promotes quality journalism.

Pilot programs will be run with the Boston Globe, the BBC, The Guardian and Zeit Online, among others.

$50 Million for Documentary Filmmakers

The line starts on the left.

Via the New York Times:

Documentarians, rejoice! The Ford Foundation on Tuesday announced a five-year plan to pour $50 million into documentaries -– defined broadly, including online-only efforts -– that are focused on social issues.

“With the growth of the Web and social networks, the potential global audience for filmed content with a social conscience has exploded,” Luis A. Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation, said in a statement.

Although the documentary has flourished in recent years in large part because of festival support, the genre continues to pose severe financing challenges because of a lack of interest at the mainstream box office.

(Clears throat…) We know a good documentary that could use some funds.