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The Wichita Journalism Collaborative makes its debut

Seven Wichita newsrooms and three community partners comprise the newly-created Wichita Journalism Collaborative (WJC) announced in June. The group, partially funded by WCF’s News & Info Initiative, adopted the immediate goal to share resources and work together in covering challenges produced by the global pandemic.

Media partners include: The Active Age, The Community Voice, The Journal (Kansas Leadership Center), KMUW, KSN-TV, The Sunflower and The Wichita Eagle. Community partners are Wichita Public Library, AB&C Bilingual Resources and the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.

In addition to WCF support, the initiative launched with a $100,000 grant from Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), based in New York City. SJN encourages rigorous reporting not only on problems and challenges facing communities, but also on possible solutions.

Since the unveiling of WJC, partners have published several in-depth stories covering effects of COVID-19 in Wichita (See: https://www.kansas.com/news/re...). WCF, in conjunction with the collaborative was awarded a $140,000 grant from the Knight Foundation in an effort to transform how publicly available data is used in communities to engage residents. WJC will work alongside Envision and audio company Sonify to experiment using data in audio to enable data-driven storytelling that targets users who are blind or visually impaired.

WCF will continue to support the collaborative as an extension of the Foundation’s work with James Chung and Focus Forward. Seeing the News & Info initiative as a next step to creating a more informed and engaged city, WCF is committed to providing connections and resources to support strengthening the local news ecosystem.

Learn more about WJC and their goals at http://wichitajournalism.com/.


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