Awesome Journalism is a global community that supports and advances the interest of journalism in the world, $1000 at a time.
Each independent and fully autonomous chapter funds and supports awesome local journalism projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly.
These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome journalism stories and projects.
Every chapter interprets the meaning "awesome journalism" for itself. As such, awesome journalism projects and stories cover a wide range of topics and issues, including politics, crime, corruption, arts, technology, human interest, and more. Awesome journalism encourages projects that satisfy the Fourth Estate's published core journalism standards and practices.
Awesome Journalism is a public benefit project that is supported by the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation which provides financial and other support.
We were originally the Journalism Chapter, we branched off on our own in 2017 to meet the the unique needs of journalism projects.
For answers to these and other frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ.
Want to pitch a story project? Apply for a grant!
To reach a specific chapter, please use the e-mail link at the top of the chapter's page, under the Chapters section of this site.
For general global inquiries, you can drop us a line using our online contact form (we are unable to provide updates or feedback with regard to project applications at this address).
If you're interested in starting your own Awesome Journalism chapter, which involves assembling a group of at least ten "trustees" willing to each contribute $100 (or the local equivalent) every month toward the grant, please contact us.
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