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Deadline to apply: January 13, 2014
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation seeks proposals for a one-year, renewable project to develop new sources, update existing ones, and incorporate social media information for the Society of Professional Journalists Rainbow Sourcebook, an online database and mobile app designed to make it easy for journalists to widen the narrow demographic band of sources normally found in the news.
Originally funded by the SDX Foundation as its signature diversity project, the sourcebook requires regular updates of source contact information and ongoing expansion as beats, news interests and reporting habits change. The sourcebook was developed by and for journalists, without influence by public relations interests. It focuses entirely on underrepresented voices, specifically people of color, women, those in the LGBT community and people with disabilities.
This RFP is part of a three-year, pilot maintenance project. Priority will be given to projects that, in addition to updating and adding to the existing sources, incorporate 1) an educational, research or training component or tool(s) to support diverse source development; 2) a plan to promote awareness and use of the sourcebook in university classrooms or in journalism practice; 3) a transferable model to support long-term sourcebook maintenance. The maximum funding amount is $6,000 annually, but the award will be based on the scope of project and budgeted expenses.
We are requesting that individuals partner with an organization, such as their own newsroom or another news organization, in order to enhance transferability and awareness.
Here are some examples of the type of project you could propose:
A faculty member could develop an underrepresented source research project, hire student researchers and/or incorporate source development and updates into a school or departments existing courses.
A faculty member could direct a Rainbow Sourcebook update while developing lesson plan(s) and assignment(s) to teach diverse source development within a wide range of communication courses.
A freelancer could partner with a news organization,blogging about interesting people encountered along the way.
A news organization could use staff to update underrepresented voices at both local and national levels, and to develop an app or tool to analyze source use.
A graduate research fellow could conduct research on sourcing practices and update the database with underrepresented sources under the supervision of a faculty member.
Applicants are strongly advised to study the database, contact a sampling of sources to evaluate the need for updating, estimate the time necessary to contact sources, and make a careful assessment of timeline and budget required.
Proposals should include the following details:
Applicant name and contact information
Organization or university (freelancers should partner with a news outlet or nonprofit organization)
Project description, including:
Analysis of sourcebook needs
Specific plans for update
Frequency of updates
Time frame (one, two or three years)
Suggested new expertise areas or existing areas that need more attention
Educational and/or research component
Promotion and awareness component
Continuity and transferability
Evaluation plan, including numerical goals for sources
Your bio and qualifications for this work
Why you are interested in participating in this project
Follow this link to submit your proposal online. For questions or further information, please contact Sally Lehrman.