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Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation awards $1.27M in grants
[February 12, 2009]

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation awards $1.27M in grants

Feb 12, 2009 (The Oklahoman - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation announced Wednesday the distribution of $1.27 million in grants to 19 journalism organizations nationwide.

Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, the foundation's mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.

Grants include
--$145,000 to Radio and Television News Directors Foundation for Preserving Ethical Journalism Standards in the Digital Age to provide training to newsroom managers, journalists, educators and students across the country.

--$120,000 to Arizona State University for the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics.

--$100,000 to Fund for Investigative Journalism, which gives grants of $500 to $10,000, to reporters working outside the protection and backing of major news organizations.

--$100,000 to International Center for Journalists for the 2009 World Affairs Journalism Fellowship program.

--$100,000 to Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, which will focus on Wisconsin communities and produce investigative journalism in the public interest.

--$85,000 to Oklahoma Scholastic Media/Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association for the Oklahoma Scholastic Journalism Initiative for micro grants to high schools starting or improving newspapers.

--$76,133 to Center for Public Integrity for the Pearl Project, a faculty-student initiative at Georgetown University investigating the circumstances of reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnapping and murder.

--$75,000 to American University for the Investigative Reporting Workshop, which undertakes investigative reporting projects for multimedia publication or broadcast, serves as an incubator for innovative projects and as a laboratory for testing new tools and techniques.

--$75,000 to Investigative Reporters and Editors for Watchdog Workshops focusing on the best practices of investigative journalism and Web 2.0.

--$60,000 to University of Montana for Reznet Online Journalism Training and Mentoring Project for Native American College Students.

--$54,450 to Understanding Government for Government in My Backyard, a pilot program focusing on local reporting about the way federal money is spent in towns around the country.

--$50,000 to Alfred Friendly Foundation for professional development opportunities for mid-career journalists from developing countries, their fellow journalists and their mentors.

--$50,000 to Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation for NBC's Ann Curry's participation in the Reflections of Hope Award dinner on April 19 and the National Media Symposium on April 20,

--$50,000 to University of Maryland for the Journalism Center on Children & Families.
--$40,000 to George Washington University for "This Just In! A Series on Democracy and the Press," a one-hour, weekly radio and online series of audio walking tours of current exhibits, as well as special programs, seminars and symposia at The Newseum.

--$30,000 to Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources for the Energy Country Institute, an eight-day expedition style program in the Four Corners region helping journalists better understand regional and national issues of energy production and energy conservation.

--$25,000 to PublicMedia for general operating funds for Chi-Town Daily News, a nonprofit online newspaper covering Chicago and a neighborhood reporting program and a public affairs reporting program to create opportunities for civic engagement and informed public debate.

--$25,000 to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the Global Investigative Journalism Network for an improved and dynamic Web site offering forums for discussion, resources for reporting, online training modules, digital working space and guidance.

--$7,000 to Oklahoma Christian University for acquisition of copyrighted materials for the seventh edition of "Media Ethics: Issues and Cases," to be published by McGraw-Hill in 2010.

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