McCormick Tribune Awards $375K For Diversity, Ethnic Media Programs

By: E&P Staff

The McCormick Tribune Foundation Monday announced 13 grants totaling $375,000 it says will go to programs intended to strengthen ethnic media, and build youth interest in journalism.

One grant, to Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. will fund a workshop on investigative reporting techniques for local ethnic media journalists.

Another, to the Asian American Journalists Association, will support an executive leadership Program for mid-level journalists.

“Promoting diversity within journalism industry cultivates a more robust news media — a key priority in the McCormick Tribune Foundation’s grantmaking,” foundation President and CEO David L. Grange said in a statement.

Several grants are intended to provide practical journalism training and writing opportunities for teenagers. A grant to Chicago Public Radio will fund radio reporting and production internships for recent local college graduates. The foundation is funding We the People Media and Strategic Human Services programs that will increase journalism training for at-risk youth, enabling participants to publish articles in the Residents’ Journal and North Lawndale Community News, newspapers that report on public housing news.

McCormick Tribune listed the following additional grants in an announcement:

— Alcorn State University Foundation, for a McCormick Tribune Distinguished Speakers series for journalism students.

— Columbia College Chicago, for specialized journalism training for high school teachers and students.

— Community Media Workshop at Columbia College, for its annual Media Guide and neighborhood bus tours for student journalists

— Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, for the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government to hire a researcher to study freedom of information issues

— Society for News Design Foundation, Inc., for scholarships for minority journalism students to attend its 2006 national convention in Orlando, Fla.

— StreetWise, for a newspaper enhancement project. Streetwise is a Chicago newspaper largely written by, and sold by, homeless people.

— Strive Media Institute, for the establishment of a Chicago news bureau for GUMBO magazine, a national magazine produced by high school students

— The Media Institute, for general support.

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