In 2015, VICE Media, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and the Knight Foundation teamed up to create a new innovation fund that provides seed money for journalists with big ideas. Starting today, the Knight-Vice Innovation Fund is open again for new applicants.
How will the world be consuming news in the next five, 10, or 20 years? This is a key question that applicants will need to ask themselves while developing specific story pitches with clear goals and deliverables. If chosen, journalists will receive a share of the $500,000 fund to bring their idea to life.
Awardees will infuse creativity and journalistic know-how into their chosen project — which could involve cutting-edge investigative techniques, inspired new reporting methods, innovative technologies to present data, or whatever will break new ground — both in the field and in the newsroom.
Finalists, handpicked by a panel from VICE and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, will also have the opportunity to advance and test their projects in a newsroom and classroom setting. The goal is to give the awardees a transformative experience, and to use the resources of VICE News and the CUNY Journalism School to support the development and distribution of their projects. Finalists will spend three days a week with VICE News staff either during the fall semester 2016 or the spring semester 2017, and two days a week at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism for a period of up to three months.
Applicants can visit this page for more information and to apply for the program.
The first round of applications will close on June 1st.