‘New Voices’ wanted; also NewsU may want you?


I meant to blog this sooner but better late than never . . . The New Voices grants, which are administered through the University of Maryland’s J-Lab, are “helping to fund . . .  micro-local news projects with $12,000 grants and help foster their sustainability through $5,000 second-year matching grants.

But there isn’t much time to apply! The deadline is Feb. 20. Here is the FAQ. Check the New Voices website for more details. And take a look at last year’s winners to see what they’ve funded in the past. 

Hint, hint! This year the judges say they want to fund three proposals from cities whose newspapers used to be owned by the Knight chain. “If you’re in Philadelphia, Detroit, St. Paul, Miami, San Jose, Wichita or any of the other former Knight newspaper cities, your application will receive special consideration this year,” they say.

The J-Lab’s prime support comes from the the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and I’m assuming this has something to do with the sale of the Knight- Ridder newspaper chain last June. 

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Interested in distance learning? The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is looking to fill a yearlong paid fellowship to aid in the creation of interactive learning modules for News University, its e-learning project. This is a great opportunity but expect the competition to be fierce as this is an entre to one of the prime journalism think-tanks. The deadline is March 15. Details here. Good luck!