Deadline: 23 February 2018
Is your media organization interested in expanding an existing engagement project? With funding from Robert Bosch Stiftung and News Integrity Initiative, the University of Oregon’s Agora Journalism Center is offering seven mini-grants to fund engagement activities at news media organizations across Europe and North America. Their other project partners include ZEIT Online and the International Journalism Festival.
The project, “Finding Common Ground,” aims to achieve cross-border collaboration with engagement practitioners in the media by supporting projects that get people to look up from their devices, meet people with different opinions, listen, and engage in meaningful and civil dialogue across silos and polarized positions. Through their collective efforts, the center hopes to engender trust between media organizations and communities.
- Selected applicants will receive up to €7.500 to expand face-to-face “conversation catalyst” projects at his or her media organization.
- Additionally, all selected applicants will receive a fully-funded trip to the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, in April 2018 to share best practices and recognize opportunities for collaboration.
- Following the festival, each project team will visit a fellow participant’s project in order to gain a deeper understanding of day-to-day operations.
- Prior to applying, organizations must have hosted at least one event or activity.
- Projects must include an in-person component. They’re looking for projects that bring people together to engage in meaningful face-to-face conversations.
- Participating organizations must be based in the North American or Europe.
- All project leaders must be available for the International Journalism Conference from April 11-15, 2018.
- Project leaders must be available to visit another project site during the summer of 2018 and welcome a fellow Finding Common Ground participant at his or her host site.
- Project leaders are expected to share best practices at the workshop in Perugia and help create an engagement roadmap (e.g., a toolkit, mobile app, a board game, or “recipe book”). Additionally, all project leaders must present their project findings at one International Journalism Conference session.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply online via given website.
Eligible Country: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK), Vatican City (Holy See), Antigua & Bermuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada Costa Rica, Cuba Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti , Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, United States of America, The Caribbean, Greenland
For more information, please visit Finding Common Ground.