Monday, August 29, 2005


REFORM: News Council proposal from Knight Foundation

WNC Wins Knight Foundation Grant to Help Create More State News Councils

The Washington News Council and the Minnesota News Council have been awarded a
$250,000 joint grant by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help
create two more news councils in other states.

The WNC and the MNC will oversee a national competition for two $75,000
start-up grants that will go to the best proposals. For an application form and
guidelines (Word Document), click HERE. For an online version of the
application click HERE. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2006. Winners will
be announced by May 2006.

"News councils are needed today more than ever before," said Cyrus Krohn,
president of the WNC and former publisher of "Every state should
have a news council. The Knight Foundation's support for more news councils is
a tremendous endorsement of the concept."

To inquire about the competition, please call John Hamer, WNC executive
director, at 206-262-9793, or email him at

Washington News Council
P.O. Box 3672
Seattle, WA 98124-3672


Interested in creating a sustained, statewide initiative to improve news media
transparency, media literacy and public involvement? Consider applying for one
of two $75,000 news council start-up grants from the Knight Foundation. The
Washington News Council and the Minnesota News Council will judge applications
from community/media nonprofit groups. The two best proposals will be awarded
$75,000 each.

A news council is an independent, nonprofit organization that investigates
complaints against news organizations and issues evidence-based rulings about
their accuracy and fairness. The councils provide public forums where citizens
and journalists can discuss media performance and ethics.

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2006. Winners will be announced by
May 2006. Please visit for details:

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