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The Knight-Innovators Fund Is Again Open for Applications

VICE Media, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and the Knight Foundation are teaming up again to provide seed money to journalists with big, innovative ideas.
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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.