13 universities to experiment with local news collaboration with $430,000 in funding through the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Online News Association today announced that 10 universities each won $35,000 microgrants for the fourth round of the . The fund also awarded a $50,000 grand prize to the University of Nevada, Reno, and research prizes of $15,000 each to San Diego State University and West Virginia University.

The projects receiving funding were announced Aug. 8 at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2018 Conference. This year’s winning projects include experiments in community data journalism, covering the U.S.-Mexico border and delivering news in rural indigenous communities.

The 10 winning universities for this year’s microgrants and their projects include:

Past microgrant winners competed for additional funding through a research prize or grand prize, representing the projects that best embody the spirit of the challenge.

The , won the $50,000 grand prize for the 2015 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. The award recognizes the innovative Noticiero Móvil project, which adapts digital reporting tools for an immigration-focused student newsroom.

The Challenge Fund was created in 2014 to encourage journalism programs to partner with local news organizations and experiment with new ways of providing news and information. The fund is a partnership between the , , , , , and . In total, 43 collaborative projects have received over $1.5 million of support through the fund.

The competing entries were judged on their ability to create collaborative, student-produced local news coverage, bridge the professor-professional gap, use innovative techniques and technologies and learn from digital-age news experiments. Winning teams included some combination of students, researchers, media professionals, educators, developers and designers.

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Globe Newswire: 04:50 GMT Friday 10th August 2018

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