AEJMC Call for Proposals:

Building a Bridge Between the Knight News Challenge and JMC Programs:
Bringing the Ideas to Life in JMC Classrooms and Student Media

AEJMC is seeking proposals from its members to develop innovative and creative academic applications of projects already funded through the Knight News Challenge.  The goal is to implement these projects in ways that enhance the education of future journalists for the new media landscape. This program is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

AEJMC will award up to 10 grants of up to $8,000 each. Proposals must create an academic application (or a use by college media) of the open source code or platform already created by one of the Knight News Challenge Grant recipients. Projects where code and platforms have been developed and are ready for use include DocumentCloud, SPS, Spot.Us, Ushahidi, NewsCloud, Selectricity, Politiwidgets, FeedBrewer and SnagFilms. To see these and other project products, visit <>.

For a look at proposals funded for 2011-12 click here.

Proposal Guidelines:

• Projects would need to be fully implemented on campus within a year of receiving the grant.
• Full-time faculty members (either an individual or a group) would be eligible for a grant.  Faculty members must be current AEJMC members and can be from any country. If your proposal is selected for funding, you must remain a current AEJMC member for the duration of the grant.
• Proposals need to be specific, must show innovation and imagination, and must use a software/platform created through a Knight News Challenge grant in a classroom or lab setting or in college media. The grants should be for new ideas/uses, not to fund initiatives already under way.

Proposals should include:

• A three-to-four page proposal outlining the academic application being developed, the specific Challenge Fund software/platform being used, and how this will benefit students on your campus.
• A one-page letter from your unit chair, director or dean endorsing the proposal.
• A budget outlining cost of development and implementation. Funds may be used for course materials, nominal consultant fees for assistance in adapting software, relevant outside speakers to travel to campus, surveys, graduate student assistance, and website development. Funds may NOT be used for equipment, faculty release time or university administrative/overhead fees. All funds must be used solely for the project.
• A timeline for the project.
• A detailed outline of how the application will be assessed and evaluated.

Grant timetable:

• Proposals should be in ONE file (either a pdf or Word document) and are due to AEJMC by 5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, September 10, 2012, via email to
• Grant awards will be announced by Friday, September 28, 2012.
• Grant recipients will be expected to report on their new applications during the 2013 AEJMC Conference in Washington, DC. (AEJMC will provide each selected project with an additional $500 in travel assistance to attend that conference.)
• Grants will be paid by October 15 with the final report and accounting of the grant funds due September 30, 2013. (Funds not used must be returned to AEJMC.)
• Questions? Contact Jennifer McGill, AEJMC at or 803-798-0271.

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