Public media collaboration

This grant will support a collaborative project with Seattle NPR affiliate KUOW to launch a new branded radio series, coupling InvestigateWest’s investigative know-how with KUOW’s audience reach.

Constituent Relationship Management

Chalkbeat will add a new feature to its existing metrics tool called MORI (Measures of Our Reporting’s Influence), a WordPress plug-in created to track the impact of its news stories. The new feature to MORI will help Chalkbeat plan their stories for maximum impact, and then track the influence they have in the real world.

FERN Talks & Eats

FERN will experiment with its in-person event series “FERN Talks & Eats” which involves ticket sales and additional revenue from corporate sponsors.

A mobile app for citizen journalism

New York-based WXXI will develop a mobile app to encourage and streamline aggregation of user-generated content. The goal is to broaden audience engagement, primarily with younger, mobile and under-represented community members.

The IowaWatch Connection radio program

IowaWatch’s radio program features investigative stories over commercial radio stations in Iowa. Its goal is to expand its audience beyond the web and attract potential funders.

Street team

SF Public Press’ street mobilization program aims to increase visibility of the organization, expand audience and grow readers who are most likely to become paid member-subscribers.

Round 1

Encino, Calif., April 15, 2014 — Investigative News Network is announcing 8 winners of the first round of its INNovation Fund grants, for a total of $236,280.  Initially established with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the INNovation Fund’s sole purpose is to spur nonprofit newsrooms to undertake innovative projects that will bring their organization closer to sustainability. “We were delighted to receive so many proposals from the various members of the nonprofit news and public media communities,” said Kevin Davis, CEO & Executive Director of the Investigative News Network.  “While we only had sufficient funds to move forward with eight out of 118 proposals, we are very excited by the breadth and types of business experimentation exemplified by the finalists.” “The INNovation Fund was created to cultivate experimentation and new ideas newrooms,” said Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice-president of journalism and media innovation.