- Date Awarded
- Grant Period
- 07/01/12 to 07/31/14
- Focus Area
- Engaged Communities
- Knight Community Information Challenge
- Milwaukee, WI
To increase coverage of local issues like education, safety, and health and wellness, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, in partnership with the Zilber Family Foundation, and working with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, will expand the capacity of an existing local news site.
The site is currently being piloted in three Milwaukee neighborhoods; additional staff will allow it to cover 10 more. The site will hire part-time staff members who live, work or volunteer in those areas and provide them increased training in reporting, writing and multimedia skills. It also will increase its reach by establishing relationships with media and community organizations and making its website more useful. A partnership with the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, which has provided in-kind contributions such as a newsroom, computers, software, and video and audio recorders, will continue to be strengthened.