APME Community Public Service grants
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The fifth anniversary of the Associated Media Editors' Community Journalism Public Service Initiative shows the priority that APME places on the work of smaller news organizations.
Because of the generous support of the Park and APME foundations, media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people can apply for one of two grants. The recipients will each receive $2,500 from the Park Foundation to jump-start or support their initiatives and a trip courtesy of the APME Foundation to the annual ASNE-APME conference in Philadelphia Sept. 11-14.
Last year, The Journal-Standard of Freeport, Ill, and the Tribune-Star of Terre Haute, Ind., both received the grants to help complete their projects as well as up to $1,000 for a representative to attend the national conference at Stanford University. The Journal-Standard was selected for its series analyzing the dramatic effect of a series of shootings on the 24,000 people who live in Freeport. The Tribune-Star won for its project, “A City on the Brink: Terre Haute’s Financial Crisis.”
Because of the quality of last year's entries, The St. Augustine, Fla., Record also was named as an honorable mention and received a $500 grant.
The three news organizations combined had 47 staff members and 43,000 subscribers in 2015.
“We recognize that smaller news organizations are the backbone of American journalism today. I'm proud that APME is celebrating its fifth anniversary of supporting them, 2016 President Laura Sellers-Earl said. But it's really a celebration of how these public service projects have an impact on their communities in profound ways.”
It's easy to enter: Draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multiplatform, include social media and address a longstanding community issue. For example, the 13,000-circulation Enid, OK, News & Eagle was the winner in 2014 for its community initiative “Under Pressure.” The project revealed the city wasn't providing services for its poorest neighborhoods. Previous winners were The Sedalia Democrat in Missouri for its “Meth at the Crossroads” series and the Beaver Dam News of Beaver Dam, Wisc., for its series on mental illness in its community.
The 2016 winners will be honored for their work at the joint ASNE/APME ConferenceSept. 11-14 in Philadelphia.
To apply, go to https://www.tfaforms.com/430899 and fill out the online form.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS AUGUST 1, 2016.