Get “Toxic Tour: LA” Proposals in by Nov. 12

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.’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? 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.
Project Goals
•    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

To read the rest of this story click here. If you have ques­tions about the “Toxic Tour” Report­ing Project, use’s con­tact form.


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