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Grant Funding Database

From investigative journalism projects to ethnic news services, from community news venues to niche reporting sites, new media makers are launching news and information initiatives that are increasingly attracting support from community, family and other foundations.

From 2005 to today, J-Lab has tracked more than $185 million in grants awarded to at least 146 news projects in 23 states and the District of Columbia. In the searchable database, you can find these grants by the name of the foundation that issued funding, by the name of the news project that received grant support, or by state.

This database includes funding only for news and information projects. It does not include funding for public broadcasting programs, for the underwriting of documentaries, for journalism training or student news services.

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Community Media Directory

Our ever-expanding database includes more than 1,000 citizen and community media sites, covering each of the 50 United States and other parts of North America. Search by keyword, paid or freelance staff, business model and more.

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Learning Modules

These modules are designed to provide both professional and citizen journalists with step-by-step instruction on skills to help you launch or improve a web site based on user-generated content. The modules have been created by KCNN’s network of professionals.

Recent modules include:

Most J-Lab learning modules are housed at

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Case Studies

J-Lab has observed scores of community news sites start from a simple idea and flourish into a healthy news outlet for their communities. These give you quick insight into how they did it.

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Civic Journalism Resources

Sites and publications we think are good resources for research and learning.

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University Community Sites

J-Lab is collecting a list of news sites created by universities. These sites involve reporting on the community, covering state government, or engaging in watchdog journalism.

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