New Voices is a pioneering program to seed innovative community news ventures in the United States. Through 2010, New Voices has helped to fund the start-up of 55 micro-local news projects. The 2010 grantees will receive $17,000 grants and have the opportunity for $8,000 in follow-up funding after one year. New Voices is administered by J-Lab at American University and supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
J-Lab’s New Voices program has met its goal of seeding dozens of projects that provide much needed news and information to communities across the United States. As our recent “New Voices: What Works” report shows, of the 48 projects launched through mid-2010, 88 percent are still online and 76 percent are actively updated.