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Knight Invests $15 Million to Sustain Investigative Journalism

This from a Knight Foundation press release:

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced a $15 million initiative to help develop new economic models for investigative reporting on digital platforms.

Alas all but $3 million has already been granted.

The three newest grants were awarded to:

  • Center for Investigative Reporting ($1.32 million): to launch a new multimedia investigative reporting project in California that encourages print, digital and student journalists to collaborate on stories;
  • Sunlight Foundation ($565,000): to develop web tools so the public can easily access information on Congressional lawmakers, from their campaign contributions and votes;
  • ProPublica ($1.01 million): to help the investigative reporting organization create a sustainable business model

Former grants include:

  • News21 ($4.87 million): to help 12 university-based investigative reporting projects look for a model of self-sustainability;
  • Boston University ($250,000): to create a regional, university-based investigative reporting unit that draws on reporters from the local print, broadcast and digital press;
  • Center for Public Integrity ($454,000): to improve the center’s expertise in multimedia content and to pioneer new ways to raise money for investigative projects directly from the public;
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ($1.5 million): to endow a Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting;
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors ($2 million): to create an endowment to permanently train journalists in the areas of watchdog and computer assisted journalism;

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