Posted on | April 18, 2010 | No Comments
Never let it be said that independent journalists can’t make their mark on a community, state, nation — or on the world.
Newsdesk.org’s 2009 series “The Bay Area Toxic Tour: West Oakland” covered the impacts of pollution from the Port of Oakland on adjacent communities. The project was produced by three independent journalists, financed by Spot.Us, and won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Would you like to bring the award-winning “Toxic Tour” reporting project to Los Angeles? Newsdesk.org and Spot.Us welcome proposals from journalists interested in developing new coverage of pollution and environmental health in Los Angeles communities. Details:
• Proposals are due Nov. 12 for short-term projects using text and multimedia to document pollution and communities in greater Los Angeles. Topics include neighborhoods, economics, industry, land use, transportation, politics, activism, environment and health.
• Spot.Us is seeding the LA Toxic Tour with a $1,000 mini-grant; the rest of the budget will be crowdfunded from local, regional and national communities.
• Finished work will be published and promoted by Newsdesk and Spot.Us, and shared with regional and national media partners, including the Investigative News Network.
• Produce quality coverage serving overlooked Los Angeles communities
• Strengthen crowdfunding as a tool to finance independent journalism
• Create a replicable model for funding, producing and publishing coverage by small, independent reporting teams in underserved communities