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