Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education

Since 2014, the Online News Association’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education has supported 22 collaborative journalism education projects by U.S. universities. Each group receives a $35,000 micro-grant to “hack their curriculum through live news experiments” involving students, educators, local media outlets and other partners. By forging new connections and creatively applying digital and multimedia tools, each journalism education experiment aims to engage audiences in critical issues while training the next generation of journalists. In September 2015, two 2014–15 winners were awarded grand prizes: the Georgia News Lab received additional support to build on the success of its investigative reporting initiative; and the New Mexico News Port received funding for its collaborative publishing platform, which involves five partner media organizations and more than 75 student journalists. The Challenge Fund is supported by a collaborative that includes the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation.