The Walkley Foundation for Excellence in Journalism, with the support of Google, will be allocating $40,000 of seed funding to up to three innovative reporting projects. This initiative aims to encourage entrepreneurs to think outside the box and reinvent the way we tell stories and funding reporting.
The Foundation is looking for innovative thinkers who have an idea for a new app, media-making model, reporting tool, multimedia storytelling platform or anything else that will transform the way media businesses work and reinvigorate the media landscape. On the website it says: “By allocating seed-funding and providing mentorship and support, we hope to grow enterprising ideas for journalism that will have a lasting positive effect. These projects will pioneer new methods of storytelling and information sharing and successfully engage communities and audiences.”
It continues, “That might mean participatory or interactive elements, incorporating social networking, harnessing crowds of interested citizens to help find and tell stories, or pioneering new mobile connections. It might mean using data to tell stories, or bringing stories to life in a creative new way. From targeted, hyperlocal approaches to sweeping projects that link people on opposite sides of Australia – innovative journalism can be created on any scale.”
The first round application is a simple form that must be submitted by January 29, 2014. The Foundation will select six projects and request applicants to provide a more detailed proposal which demonstrates the project’s journalistic value, independence, and sustainability beyond the initial grant funding.
Grant winners will be announced on May 2014. Winners will be connected with mentors and experts to bring their proposal to life. The projects must have a lifespan of 9 to 12 months and plans to continue beyond that lifespan,
For more information, visit www.walkleys.com/innovationgrants.