J-Lab: Meet the New Media Makers

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Journalism, Media Innovation

This learning module is filled with original reporting that will help you learn about the innovative community news initiatives that are cropping up around the United States - and securing grants from foundations that have not traditionally supported journalism.

In the case studies and accompanying videos, you’ll meet citizen journalists who have launched news sites in Boston; Deerfield, N.H.; New Haven, Conn.; and Chappaqua, N.Y. And you’ll learn how professional journalists have launched news initiatives that either partner with or supplement their metro news outlets.

A key part of this toolkit is a searchable database, where you can see the kinds of news ventures that foundations have supported since 2005. You can also add your own grant information.

Read the press release about the toolkit.

Inside the toolkit:

We invite you to comment throughout the module. Look for the comment box in the right column.


Projects discussed in this publication


To enable J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism to develop a focused plan for its future work promoting media innovation and entrepreneurship

About our Journalism focus area

We support people and organizations committed to advancing excellence in journalism and informing people in communities of all sizes through experimentation, innovation and leadership.

About our Resources and tools methodology

We follow evaluation and social impact measurement trends to identify best practices and tools. The assessment resources below include a mix of Knight and third-party tools to collect useful information about the effectiveness and impact of the work of our grantees.  Inclusion in this list does not necessarily constitute endorsement by Knight Foundation.