Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge

Just as cultural institutions pursue new methods to engage audiences in the digital age, so too must our information portals find innovative ways to inspire and engage communities by providing platforms for high quality cultural coverage and criticism.

The Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge application will be available on July 6th.

It is specifically focused on eight communities where Knight Foundation invests:

Akron, Ohio
Charlotte, N.C.
Detroit, Mich.
Macon, Ga.
Miami, Fla.
Philadelphia, Pa.
St. Paul, Minn.
San Jose / Silicon Valley, Calif.

No idea is too unusual. Embedding a nonprofit reporter in a for-profit news organization? Creating a new collective to share professional work on a volunteer basis? Asking the community to decide which arts stories are best and put up the money to cover those? Have better ideas that never would have occurred to us on our own? Fill out and submit the online application form at

Knight Foundation and NEA will award first round winners up to $20,000 to develop their “Idea to Action” plans to provide a clear description of your project and how it will impact arts journalism in your community including new ideas for collaboration and sustainability. From this pool, we will identify a second round of winners who will receive up to an additional $80,000 to implement their idea over a two year period.

Applications must be received by midnight (EST), Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

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