100Reporters: Project Summary

This project is a two- to three-day Investigative Film Festival that would showcase new releases of documentaries and feature films inspired by investigative journalism or about investigative journalists.

A Q&A with INNovation Fund Grantee Public Herald

One of eight first-round grant winners was the Public Herald, which received $35,000 to launch a nationwide screening and discussion tour of its documentary “Triple Divide” in key states where hydrofracking is proposed. The goal: to expand its reach and multiply its audience of loyal members.

Public Herald Project Summary: A Nationwide Road Trip

Public Herald will undertake a screening and discussion tour of its investigative documentary ‘Triple Divide’ through several key areas where hydrofracking is proposed across the US – Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, California, Michigan and key areas in between where onshore unconventional oil and gas development via fracking is being planned or is in initial stages.

InvestigateWest Project Summary: A New Branded Radio Series

This grant will support a collaborative project with Seattle NPR affiliate KUOW to launch a new branded radio series, coupling IW’s investigative know-how with KUOW’s audience reach. This series will allow listeners to look forward to broadcasts, find related material online, and support the series financially.

Chalkbeat Project Summary: Planning and Tracking Impact

Chalkbeat has developed a tool called MORI (Measures of Our Reporting’s Influence), a WordPress plug-in developed last year and launched this past February. This project will add a new feature to MORI to help Chalkbeat plan their stories for maximum impact, and then track the influence they have in the real world.

IowaWatch Project Summary: Reaching New Audiences Through Statewide Radio Program

The Iowa Center will develop a statewide audience engagement program that takes its reporting to new audiences via two methods: a weekly statewide radio program, and IowaWatch-based public forums in cities where the program is aired. The goal is to expand audience and reach more potential personal and corporate funders through donations, underwriting and advertising than is now done through heavy reliance on newspapers.