Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Grants to help News Café train citizen journalists

  • Print

The Winnipeg Foundation and a prestigious American journalism foundation have decided to invest more than $400,000 into citizen journalism through the Winnipeg Free Press News Café.

The Community News Commons — a new grassroots reporting hub, open to the public — is the first project of its kind in Canada and the first Canadian project to receive the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

"This is an exciting and unique community building opportunity," Winnipeg Foundation CEO Rick Frost said. "Everyday Winnipeggers will become empowered, inspired and trained as citizen journalists and the entire community will benefit from (more) access to grassroots news."

The three-year project, with matching grants from both foundations, will pay to train and mentor citizen journalists, as well as create multimedia platforms to share their news, photos and information. Several Winnipeg public library branches will take part as technology hubs to the café.

The project will also offer opportunities for Red River College journalism students.

"The News Café was designed from the start to be this community hub, a place where people could come to share ideas and issues," said Free Press editor Margo Goodhand.

"So when the Winnipeg Foundation came to us with this proposal for a citizen journalism project — to do exactly what we’d dreamed of doing downtown — it was really quite exciting.

"We were so pleased to get the nod from the Knight Foundation, too. They’ve never funded projects like these outside of the U.S. before."

The Free Press sees the project, which should begin classes in everything from designing blogs to video editing as early as January, as a trail-blazer. "We think it’s going to be a model for other news organizations and other communities across North America," Goodhand said.

Knight family members were once U.S. newspaper magnates, and the foundation’s support comes from its Knight Community Information Challenge, a five-year, $24-million matching-grant initiative.

The intention is to engage community and place-based foundations to help meet local information needs.

The initiative has sponsored 80 other projects since 2008.

alexandra.paul@freepress.mb.ca

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Perry Bellegarde elected as national chief of Assembly of First Nations

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A young goose   reaches for long strands of grass Friday night near McGillvary Blvd-See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 19 - May 23, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A goose comes in for a landing Thursday morning through heavy fog on near Hyw 59 just north of Winnipeg - Day 17 Of Joe Bryksa’s 30 day goose challenge - May 24, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Would you partake in tap rooms at local breweries?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google