NMWE is a unique initiative addressing opportunity, recruitment and retention for women in journalism. It fosters and spotlights the creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurial abilities of women in media.
The awards program ended in 2013 following six years of generous support from the McCormick Foundation. We are currently seeking other funding sources.
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are seeking to fund four women-led media projects that show promise in creativity and sustainability.
We will fund U.S.-based individuals who have original ideas to create new websites, mobile news services or other entrepreneurial initiatives that offer interactive opportunities to engage, inspire and improve news and information in a geographic community or a community of interest.
The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs award provides $14,000 in funding to women who have the vision, skills and experience to launch a new venture.
How it Works:
- Awardees will receive an initial $12,000 in the first year. If they are able to raise $2,000 through their own efforts, they will receive an additional $2,000 in the second year. This money can be used for training, technical support or operations.
- Projects that are in early beta (launched since Jan. 23, 2012) may apply.
- Awardees will receive funding through a subcontract if they are an individual or affiliated with a business; and through a grant if they are affiliated with a non-profit institution.
- Recipients must agree to post brief monthly blog updates to the www.newmediawomen.org website sharing their process and experience during the development stage.
- Funding may not be used to cover indirect or overhead costs. Fiscal sponsors may not take a percentage of New Media Women funding.