To identify information gaps in five local communities, Berks County Community Foundation will use Knight Foundation’s Community Information Toolkit to determine what kind of information residents need but aren’t getting through the online news site, bctv.org, and other media outlets.
To increase public understanding about how education funding works in Duval County, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville will create a website to serve as a hub of information, interaction and engagement.
To increase local environmental coverage, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will fund a beat reporter dedicated to environmental issues at a newly launched nonprofit investigative news site.
The Chicago Community Trust will create apps and other tools to help increase the utility of local government data to benefit community organizations and the broader public.
To engage older adults in reporting local news stories, the Maine Community Foundation, in partnership with the University of Maine’s Center on Aging, will train older adults in rural communities to be citizen reporters.
To combat the problem of payday-lending debt in Mississippi, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation will launch a community awareness campaign on local safe-lending options.
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.
To expand coverage in an online statewide policy news site, the Community Foundation of New Jersey will help NJ Spotlight increase its health-care coverage and build an online discussion platform.
To connect residents to the services and institutions available in the Greater University Circle neighborhood, the Cleveland Foundation will create a mobile app for the Neighborhood Voice, its local news publication and website.
With challenge funding, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation will help develop a network of news organizations and journalists in New Jersey, and launch creative projects to encourage more civic dialogue and participation.
To provide independent, in-depth investigative news and analysis, with an emphasis on content relevant to the county’s substantial Latino community, the Santa Barbara Foundation will launch a new journalism initiative called Newsource.
To better serve the information needs of rural Oregon news organizations, The Oregon Community Foundation will create a cooperative news network where partners – including Oregon Public Broadcasting and local newspapers – will be able to share content.