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Journalism Showcase

New and innovative work in journalism always is happening across the United States and the world. Listed below are some pioneering journalistic ventures that have come to our attention: 

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. ProPublica's Sheri Fink won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for her coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at New Orleans' Memorial Medical Center.

Open Media Foundation
The Open Media Foundation exists to put the power of the media and technology in the hands of the people in order to enable every person to engage actively in their community and bring about the change they wish to see in the world. Additionally, it empowers organizations working for social change to leverage new media
 and carry out their mission and vision, providing the classes, personalized training and state-of-the-art equipment necessary to be effective in all areas of media.

Colorado Public News
CPN is a donor-funded PBS broadcaster that reports on "Colorado news and issues that are essential for informed citizens to run a healthy democracy and thriving economy." The Colorado Trust has granted Colorado Public News $386,250 over three years for health care reporting and support.

Project Epic
Project Epic is a multidisciplinary, multi-university, multilingual research effort to support the information needs by members of the public during times of mass emergency. It brings behavioral and technical knowledge of "computer mediated communication" to the world of crisis studies and emergency response. The project is committed to careful study of socio-technical transformation and building human-centered computation.

Youth & News

This list highlights innovative approaches that have been either designed by media organizations to reach out to youth, or planned and designed by young people themselves.

High School Journalism Initiative
Since 2000, the High School Journalism Initiative has sparked and sustained youth journalism across media platforms, with efforts grow a diverse generation of fledgling, multimedia journalists. Just as important, the HSJP helps convey to all students a deeper appreciation of the First Amendment, news literacy, reading and critical thinking skills.

World Youth News
World Youth News is an global online news project for secondary school students from around the world. It is managed by iEARN, the world's largest nonprofit network that enables teachers and youth to use the internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.

Adhering to the highest journalistic standards, students select the issues they want to report on, and write, edit and publish their articles on the web-based news service. School publications can reprint articles from World Youth News to add an international component to their news.

Daniel Pearl Youth News
Daniel Pearl Youth News is an online news service that is available to all secondary school students around the world. All articles that are posted on this website are written by students who have taken and passed the free online journalism course. In the four-week course, students learn the fundamentals of journalism and write their first article with the support of mentors. They then are certified as Pearl reporters and go on to publish their articles on Pearl Youth News.

Youth Channel
The Youth Channel is a division of Manhattan Neighborhood Network targeting those younger than 25. It is an alternative to mass media, providing equal access to all young people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or social status.

Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Channel was established in March 2000 to provide disadvantaged, low-income and minority youth access to a quality media forum through which to express creativity, foster dialogue and encourage social and civic participation.

The Youth Channel strives to build confidence, establish role models, inform, educate and entertain. It empowers youth to create change within their communities and the world. The Youth Channel is run by adults and youth who want to make a difference.

Youth News Network
Youth News Network is an Internet-based television program for youth promoting science, technology, nature, history, language, sports and the arts. It is produced by youth for youth. Children and youth learn valuable skills as they contribute as producers, news reporters, researchers, editors, business managers, illustrators, technicians and more. Mentored by experienced instructors, professional journalists and broadcasters, YNN Youth Reporter Teams develop a wide variety of stories.

Center for Media Justice
Founded in 2002, the Center for Media Justice is a national movement-building intermediary to strengthen the communications effectiveness of grassroots social-justice sectors and sustain a powerful local-to-local movement for media rights and access.

Its mission is to create media and cultural conditions that strengthen movements for racial justice, economic equity and human rights.

With an office in Oakland, California, and staff in Chicago and New York, CMJ is the only group in the nation that both develops a new generation of leaders and strategies for a 21st-century progressive movement and organizes nationally for media policy solutions to end racism and poverty.

Channel One
Broadcasting since 1990, Peabody Award-winning Channel One News, now a division of Alloy Media + Marketing, is the top source of high-quality, unbiased news and information for young people. The dynamic 12-minute news broadcast is delivered daily to nearly 5 million teens in approximately 7,000 middle schools and high schools across the country, providing global and national headlines from a teen perspective with a fast-paced production style, youthful reporters and contemporary music.

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding "Youth Culture News" Page
At a time when an already-confusing youth culture is changing quickly, CPYU helps parents, youth workers, educators and others understand teenagers and their culture so that they will be better-equipped to help children and teens navigate the challenging world of adolescence. The latest news and issues related to youth culture are updated regularly on CPYU's Youth Culture News page. They are posted for purpose of keeping parents and informed as to what is happening in the world of youth culture. Each day, staff scours the Internet and a variety of publications from around the world in order to find the most relevant items.

Educational Video Center
The Educational Video Center is a nonprofit youth-media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy and career skills of young people while nurturing their idealism and commitment to social change. Founded in 1984, EVC has evolved from a single video workshop for teenagers from Manhattan's Lower East Side to become an internationally acclaimed leader in youth media education. EVC's teaching methodology brings together the powerful traditions of student-centered progressive education and independent community documentary.