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Journalist's Resource

To establish the Journalist's Resource as the go-to website for quick literature reviews that will improve the quality of deadline journalism.

CPJ interactive databases

To support first amendment protection by creating interactive databases to help journalists, activists and policymakers confront the threats to free expression with evidence-based research and advocacy.

Public forums on secrecy

To support a series of public forums examining government secrecy and threats to privacy and the role of media in challenging government on those issues.

PPF will develop digital tools for media publishers that enables visitors to their websites to ask questions, push for public responses, and share answers. These tools will allow visitors to stay on the media websites, but publish questions through to the platform for further reach. PPF will conduct user research on types of questions that online public seeks to ask and have answered.


Colloq is a tool for creating contextual archives of online practices such as social media interactions, due to the difficulties involved in archiving them. Rather than treating them as static objects to be crawled, or big data sets, Colloq treats conversations as highly specific events, understood in context. It offers users a tool to archive behaviors for later micro-level research and citation.


To promote journalistic excellence by prototyping Comment IQ, a tool to help newsroom moderators surface interesting or constructive comments.

Connections: Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding via a mobile game

With Connections, MuckRock will be a mobile app and task management server that helps distribute large scale distributed investigative projects, helping not only tackle the editorial problems big data presents but also helping involve a more diverse, more mobile, and increasingly connected audience into newsgathering.

Digital Security Training Co-Pilot

The Digital Co-Pilot will be a prototype of an easy to use, small form-factor, open source tool that will allow a digital security trainer to simulate a variety of hostile digital environments, such as a censoring firewall or a surveilling ISP, in one click.

Journalism in Virtual Reality

This grant will prototype an innovative live-action interactive journalistic use of virtual reality-delivered over on the Occulus Rift. It will also document the processes creative, editorial and technical lessons. The result will be a full 5-10 minute experience that viewers will interact with using the virtual reality headset to immerses themselves in a 360-degree, 3D visual and audio space.

New features for How Wrong You Are

To add two new features to How Wrong You Are: (1) an embeddable How Wrong You Are quiz format where we focus on a specific topic, and (2) functionality that enables people to participate in our project by adding their own questions.

PARK (Parcel Analysis Resource Kit)

The project will develop a toolkit that allows communities to study the land use possibilities of vacant parcels in their neighborhoods. Using publicly available data, we will build a series of GIS-based tools for measuring fitness criteria of available land resources, which will be shared with community land access projects and published as an open source code library.

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