The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting was among 15 winners to receive funding for projects that test new ways of revenue, news distribution and community engagement.
The Center was awarded $35,000 to build a database application bringing together information from several sources about agricultural companies and test the “freemium” model for generating revenue by offering accessible data sets and related content.
The 15 winners were chosen from more than 70 proposals. Winning projects range from data journalism events to neighborhood-level engagement and sponsored content, all with the aim to increase revenue, audience reach and engagement. The maximum award is $35,000.
They represent $416,000 in projects that test new ways of funding and distributing great journalism and engaging people around news and public issues.
“From ‘listening posts’ in neighborhoods that see little news coverage to new business ventures that can support groundbreaking investigations, these winning INNovation Fund projects show the breadth of innovation driving growth in nonprofit, public service news media,” said Sue Cross, CEO and executive director of INN.