This learning module is filled with original reporting that will help you learn about the innovative community news initiatives that are cropping up around the United States - and securing grants from foundations that have not traditionally supported journalism.
In the case studies and accompanying videos, you’ll meet citizen journalists who have launched news sites in Boston; Deerfield, N.H.; New Haven, Conn.; and Chappaqua, N.Y. And you’ll learn how professional journalists have launched news initiatives that either partner with or supplement their metro news outlets.
A key part of this toolkit is a searchable database, where you can see the kinds of news ventures that foundations have supported since 2005. You can also add your own grant information.
Inside the toolkit:
Watch the videos
- Citizen Journalists Expand Community Coverage
- Professional Journalists Create New Ventures About Critical Issues
- Grant Makers as Innovators
- Who Are the People Behind the Projects
- New Media Projects Blend Journalism Ethics with Community Building
- Local Coverage Generates Civic Impact and Greater Accountability
- Community Media in a New Media Ecosystem
- Where Grants Can Make a Difference
CHAPTER 1: Finding the Funding Fit
• Deciding What to Fund
• Tips for Funding Community News Projects
• Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
CHAPTER 2: News with Civic Impact
CHAPTER 3: Measuring Success
We invite you to comment throughout the module. Look for the comment box in the right column.
To enable J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism to develop a focused plan for its future work promoting media innovation and entrepreneurship
Knight Foundation aims to help sustain democracy by leading journalism to its best possible future in the 21st century. @michaelmaness on strategy
We follow evaluation and social impact measurement trends to identify emerging best practices and tools. We have compiled a list of assessment resources below, which includes a mix of Knight and third-party tools, to support our grantees and other nonprofits collect useful information about the effectiveness and impact of their work. We hope you find the list helpful. If there are other resources that you find particularly useful, please let us know. This list of evaluation resources is intended for informational purposes only. Inclusion does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the Knight Foundation.