Nonprofit news sites win grants for collaborative projects

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Winners of grants from the Center for Cooperative Media are pursuing a smorgasbord of topics through collaborative reporting projects.

Investigate West, Texas Tribune and KCPT in Kansas City, Mo., are the nonprofit and public broadcasting organizations receiving $7,000 grants from the program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Six winners were chosen from more than 70 applicants.

InvestigateWest: InvestigateWest and partners the Pamplin Media Group and Agora Journalism Center will explore gender, racial and other disparities affecting youth health in Oregon and assemble a public database of regional and statewide metrics.

KCPT: Through its digital magazine Flatland, KCPT will use data collected and organized by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting to follow “the money trail of wind turbine companies across rural Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois, and how tax deals impact public school funding,” according to a release. KCPT and MCIR will turn the data into interactive, searchable visualizations.

Texas Tribune: The Texas Tribune will explore “whether states with increasingly permissive gun laws are getting licensed with adequate — and legally mandated — handgun training.” It will work on the project with The Trace, a site reporting on guns in the U.S.

Other winners include NJ Pen, Quartz and the USA Today Network/Arizona Republic.

The Center expects to release a white paper on the journalistic partnerships with a set of best practices guides.

Read the full announcement.

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