Awesome Journalism Everywhere!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Awesome Journalism?

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.

Is this for real?

Yes, and it's free - Thanks to the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation

Where does the money come from?

Each chapter funds its own grants. In most cases, ten "trustees" each contribute $100 (or the local equivalent) toward a monthly grant, some chapters have more trustees sharing the load, or have organizational and institutional funding.

Is this an investment or loan?

No. All chapters provide grants with no strings attached and claim no ownership or copyright over the projects they support. We do not wish for the grant funds to be repaid. Our only requirement is that the finished story project be published first on Awesome Journalism.

How are you organized?

Very loosely, with each chapter operating independently, and almost none are formally registered as organizations. Most chapters are geographic, but a few are organized along topical or thematic lines. The global infrastructure is supported by the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation which takes care of the global shared infrastructure and assists with the publishing of finish story projects.

Who can apply?

Anyone is eligible for a grant — individual journalists, groups, and organizations alike. If you can fill out a simple application form, you can apply.

Will you support my story project?

The only way to find out for sure if a chapter will support your project is to apply — it doesn't take long! Still, while every chapter is different, some types of projects are generally not supported — typically ones that have already been published or have limited community impact, or stories that would not see significant benefit from receiving a small grant.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is rolling, you may apply at any time.

How do you choose the winner?

Awesome Journalism chapters consists of 10 trustees. Each month, they individually review the ideas submitted and then each trustee chooses their top pick. The idea with the most votes receives the micro grant.

Which chapter should I apply to?

Most Awesome Journalism chapters show a strong preference for story projects that contribute to their own communities, though some occasionally consider applications from further afield. Try to apply to a chapter near you, in a location that you think would have a particular interest your idea. If this isn't possible, you can select "Any" on the application form, or apply to one of thematic chapters.

Can I apply to more than one chapter?

Yes, if you think more than one chapter might be interested in your story pitch. However, we'd encourage you to mention in your applications which other chapter or chapters you've applied to.

When will I hear back?

Most Awesome Journalism chapters meet monthly to review applications and decide on a recipient — some chapters make decisions at live "pitch" events open to the public, others may decide "virtually". If you haven't heard anything within a few months of applying, it's likely your project was not selected. Most chapters will continue to consider applications from prior months, however, so there's no need to re-apply unless your idea has changed.

Do you have any additional tips for a good application?

Be concise and follow the guidelines specified by the chapter that your are apply, to and the requirements outlined in the online application form.

Who owns the story? What about copyright?

You retain ownership and rights to your story project, but as a condition of the grant we do require that it be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works license (CC BY-NC-ND). This allows the story or project to be published by others.

Are you affiliated with AwesomeFoundation.org?

Awesome Journalism was a chapter of the Awesome Foundation, however we branched off to meet the unique needs and requirements of news and journalism story projects.

How can I get involved as a Trustee?

Awesome! We'd love for you to help out! First and foremost, if you know someone with an awesome story idea that needs support, you should send them our way. But if you want to go the next mile and become a trustee of Awesome journalism, please reach out to your local chapter.

How can I start an Awesome Journalism chapter?

If there isn't a local chapter, and you'd like to start one, drop us a line using our online contact form.

Starting a chapter is pretty simple.: You gather ten trustees committed trustees to participate and fund your grants , and then you are pretty much good to go. One person will need to volunteer to be the chapter "editor" and keep things organized.