The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the winners of its 2014 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education competition.
Administered by the Online News Association, the fund is designed to support live news experiments that further the development of teaching-hospital models in journalism education and encourage journalism students to create innovative projects with professors, researchers, and professionals. Each of the twelve winning universities received $35,000 as seed funding for their projects. This year's winners include Arizona State University, which will use its grant to to test the idea that deep engagement with groups on both sides of a divisive issue — guns — may have an impact on both the final investigation and how groups react to the issue; Florida International University, which will explore whether data feeds, "crowd hydrology," and student-led journalism can increase community engagement about sea level rise in South Florida; and the City University of New York, which plans to experiment with both in-person and online engagement when reporting on a low-income community's experiences with mold in New York City public housing.
"We zeroed in on ideas and teams that we hope inspire innovation, collaboration, and real-world impact in academia and media," said ONA operations director Irving Washington. "The potential for true community engagement in the winning projects was every bit as important as the tools and technology used to achieve it."
For information about the winning projects, visit the ONA Web site.