Now through December 1, 2019, the Listening Post Collective is seeking proposals from civil society organizations, residents and media professionals in Fresno, CA for projects that will improve local news and information access.
The Listening Post Collective, a project of Internews, is a community media initiative that works with local partners to engage, inform and support communities across the U.S. that are underserved by mainstream news coverage. We believe information changes lives.
Through our place-based practice, the Listening Post Collective works with community groups, local funders and journalism professionals to improve information ecosystems. We perform deep information ecosystem assessments; identify information needs, gaps and opportunities; and work with local partners to design community-driven projects that improve information access.
In 2019, we conducted an information ecosystem assessment in South Fresno and surrounding rural communities. Our aim was to look at how residents get and share news; listen to their priorities and understand how coverage of those issues impacts their ability to thrive. We also wanted to learn from grassroots news-sharing projects that fill information gaps, despite a lack of resources and formal training. Read the assessment here.
Now that our assessment is complete, we are looking to hear ideas from residents, civil society organizations and media professionals on how to improve news and information access in Fresno and surrounding rural communities. This is a formal pitch process with the end result being a small grant for the successful community news idea or ideas.
Grant amount: $5,000-$25,000
Deadline for applications: DEC. 1, 2019
Expected start date: JANUARY 2020
Duration of grant: 6-12 MONTHS
Grant pitches must demonstrate that the applicant has read and considered our information ecosystem assessment document. The successful proposal(s) will address some of the specific news or information related issues facing South Fresno and nearby rural areas laid out in the document, and borrow from some of the insights from community members quoted in the report. Please consider the section on “Insights and Suggestions” as a resource for your proposal.
This grant is meant to seed a great idea, which will continue past the length of this award. Proposals should demonstrate a plan to start ongoing measurable impact on the news and information needs of South Fresno and surrounding rural areas.
Applicants must meet the following criteria for this grant:
Selection criteria will include:
Applicants will be notified of their proposal status by Dec. 18, 2019.