Journalism Organizations Receive Grants

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The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has distributed $1.84 million in grants to 23 journalism organizations.

In Oklahoma, the foundation has awarded $50,000 to the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation for salaries of college journalism students working summer internships at community newspapers.

Twelve investigative reporting grants were approved:

* $100,000 to Centro de Periodismo Investigativo to create public- access databases and present workshops on investigative journalism as both a revenue stream and to promote investigative journalism in Puerto Rico.

* $100,000 to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting to support government accountability reporting, data visualizations and collaborations with traditional, ethnic, Spanish-language and emerging media.

* $100,000 to Investigative Newsource to establish a financial model that relies on diverse revenue streams, including joint fundraising with public broadcast.

* $100,000 to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting to increase individual support, transition its website from a secondary source of distribution to primary and to develop a meter model pilot to charge media partners for stories.

* $100,000 to the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting to support collaboration with a consortium of university professors to produce content focused on agribusiness and to build a website and social media presence.

* $100,000 to the Online Journalism Project for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team to support expansion of health and safety investigative story production, searchable databases and platforms.

* $75,000 to Boston University for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting to expand "Public Eye" monthly investigative reporting subscription service to TV stations and newspapers.

* $75,000 to NJSpotlight.com to expand coverage of public policy news in New Jersey, increase public engagement and strengthen computer-assisted reporting and data analysis.

* $75,000 to WyoFile to add staff members dedicated to reporting on the Wyoming Legislature and on Wind River Indian Reservation issues.

* $50,000 to TucsonSentinel for investigative reporting on the U.S.-Mexico border to include coverage of enforcement efforts, environmental issues and the effect of immigration.

* $42,500 to the Center For Excellence In Health Care Journalism for development of a database and document archive of hospital inspection reports.

* $20,000 to American University for a WAMU public radio investigation scrutinizing contributions to campaigns in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

Five professional development grants were approved:

* $100,000 to the Institute for Justice and Journalism for Immigration in the Heartland, a four-day fellowship program in partnership with the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication focusing on the effects of immigration. …