Issue Media Group receives Solutions Journalism Network’s Renewing Democracy grant

Twenty newsrooms from across the country, with proposals that reflect a variety of issues at the center of democracy and civic participation, are the first grant recipients of the Solutions Journalism Network’s Renewing Democracy contest. The contest encourages reporting about how people and institutions are attempting to reinvigorate democracy in communities across the country.

The winning newsrooms, which have not partnered with Solutions Journalism Network before, will receive grants of $2,500 each. They range from small news outlets in underserved rural areas to hyperlocal news sites in big cities to large newsrooms across the country. They will write about issues like gentrification in historically Latino and Asian-American communities, community-led initiatives to create dialog across political and class divisions and efforts to increase civics knowledge among adults through a combination of reporting and mobile surveying technology.

Issue Media Group will measure the civics knowledge of adults in Ohio over three years through a combination of stories, civics quizzes, social media and mobile surveys, and then determine best practices for increasing knowledge and participation in public affairs.

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