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MPR Gets $2.95 Million Grant for Public Insight Journalism

American Public Media which grew out of the Minnesota Public Radio juggernaut has had a very good day today. This from the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal:

American Public Media announced Monday it has received a three-year, $2.95 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The grant will support St. Paul-based American Public Media’s Public Insight Journalism, a system that encourages radio listeners and Web site users to become “citizen sources,” providing news tips and information for use in news gathering. More than 70,000 people already have signed up to participate.

Here is more:

The Knight Foundation grant will help American Public Media:

• Seek as many as 15 additional media partners nationwide;

• Evaluate the composition of the Public Insight Network to enhance the quality of the database;

• Strengthen the technical infrastructure of the Public Insight Network to better serve partners by assuring the network’s reliability and viability;

• Produce a working version of the Audience Insight Repository system — the software used for the Public Insight Network — under an open-source license;

• Assess the impact of Public Insight Journalism on media partners and audiences;

• Connect with journalism schools to promote Public Insight Journalism as a new model for news gathering; and

• Form a national advisory board by recruiting diverse professionals from journalism, media technology, civic engagement and academia.

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