The Chicago Reporter awarded two grants to bolster data, immigration reporting

The Chicago Reporter awarded two grants to bolster data, immigration reporting

We’re excited to announce that The Chicago Reporter has won two grants that will bolster our data-driven reporting and will give us the tools necessary to look at immigration policy in Mexico.

The first grant we won was for $5,000 from IRE Data Journalism Fund, sponsored by Google Idea, best known for applying technological solutions to social and economic problems. It’s one of eight recently awarded grants for data projects, funded by a total of $50,000 in grant money from Google Ideas.

The second will support a reporting trip to Mexico, awarded by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, an organization that funds journalism projects around the world.

The IRE Data Journalism Fund, a non-profit organization helping journalists to do quality investigative reporting ran the competition for the Google Idea grant money. Newsrooms from all over the world submitted ideas.

The Reporter’s grant will support an investigation of programs run by the Chicago Housing Authority.

Laura S. Washington, interim publisher for the Reporter, is excited about its latest achievement.

“The Google grant is a thrilling endorsement of the Reporter brand,” Washington said.

“The support will beef up our ability to access the latest in digital technology, and help   us produce high impact reporting that elevates and examines the challenges facing our communities.”

For more information on the Google Idea grant click here.

The FIJ grant will send Maria Zamudio to travel, conduct interviews, research documents and accumulate evidence in Mexico. FIJ gave out $67,000 in total grants for the eighteen investigative projects.

Washington said the FIJ grant will allow us to research our ties with Mexico.

“Our city has long and deep connections to Mexico, particularly through our vibrant immigrant communities,” Washington said “The generous support of the Fund will support Maria’s work as she explores those ties. Her first-rate reporting will have a big impact on U.S. immigration policy both here and nationwide.”

For more information on the FIJ grant click here.

–Written by Natasha Hemley

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