Four Women-Led News Ideas Awarded $56,000

For Release:
March 13, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Four innovative news ideas – to cover the cultural narrative of food, build e-platforms for long-form women writers, expand Latino coverage in New England, and spotlight emerging women musicians –won $14,000 awards to develop their projects in the coming year.

The award winners were selected from 205 proposals received in the sixth year of the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative (NMWE). They join 18 other awardees selected from 2,011 applicants since 2008.

$56,000 Awarded to Four Women-Led News Projects

For Release:
March 6, 2012 

Washington, D.C. – Four public-service news ideas – from a site that compares local health costs and a tablet app for news comics, to a western North Carolina investigative news site, and a fast-growing LGBT site based in Seattle – each won a $14,000 award to develop their projects in the coming year.

The award winners were selected from 227 proposals received in the fifth year of the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative.

“This year’s winners demonstrated clear-cut mindsets to take their start-up ideas and grow them into entrepreneurial businesses,” said Jan Schaffer, director J-Lab, which administers the program.

New Funding for Women Media Entrepreneurs

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Nov. 15, 2011         202-885-8100

Washington, D.C. – J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University has been awarded $250,000 from the McCormick Foundation to fund eight innovative women-led news startups over the next two years.

Under the grant, eight winners (four in 2012 and four in 2013) will each be given an initial $12,000 to launch their ideas. The winners will receive an additional $2,000 in the second year if they match it with $2,000 from other sources.

Four Women-Led News Ideas Win Entrepreneur Awards

Jun. 22, 2011, Washington, D.C. — Four diverse news ideas – including a mobile platform for hyperlocal news sites; a tech news site for Austin, Texas; a news magazine covering women’s basketball; and a rollout of a site for visualizing economic data – each won a $12,000 award to launch their projects in the coming year.

The award winners were selected from 378 proposals received in the fourth year of the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative.

Creators of Witty, Angel-Backed Health Website Awarded New Media Women Entrepreneurs of the Year

Monday, November 8, 2010

For more information, contact:
Jan Schaffer or Andrew Pergam 202-885-8100

Washington, D.C. – Stacey Borden and Meghan Muntean, who earlier this year launched ChickRx, a witty health website for 20-something women, today were honored with J-Lab’s New Media Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The idea for ChickRx.com was funded last year by a grant from the McCormick Foundation New Media Women Entrepreneurs program.

In addition to their $10,000 start-up award, Borden and Muntean, both invested personal savings into ChickRx to get the project off the ground. They began laying the groundwork for the company while Borden was an MBA student at Harvard Business School and Muntean was an Assistant Vice President at a Wall Street investment bank. Now supported with $400,000 from an angel investor, the website provides well-researched health news to women in a humorous, relatable way.

J-Lab Announces Four Awards for New Media Women Entrepreneurs

June 29, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Four diverse news ideas – including an augmented reality mobile application, a New Orleans cultural affairs reporting partnership, an investigative blogging initiative, and a resource site for parents dealing with drug-addicted children – each won a $12,000 award to launch their projects in the coming year.

The award winners were selected from a whopping 576 proposals received in the third year of the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative. Applications increased 32 percent over last year’s 435, signaling the degree of imagination and market opportunities surfacing among women media entrepreneurs, said Jan Schaffer, director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, which administers the program.

New Forms of Journalism Emerge in New Media Ecosystem

November 9, 2009

Washington, D.C. – New forms of journalism are being created around the country where online local news sites have launched to report on their communities. 

The journalism is characterized by a deliberate shift in the definition of objectivity, a drive for community conversation and discussion, and broader definitions of “news” that seek to connect readers to a sense of the place where they live, according to new research released today by American University’s J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism.

New Grants for Women Media Entrepreneurs

October 22, 2009
For immediate release

For more information, contact:
Jan Schaffer 202-885-8100

Washington, D.C. – J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University has received a $200,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation to fund eight women-led start-ups over the next two years that will generate new ideas in the world of news and information and model a spirit of journalistic entrepreneurship.

The grant also supports annual New Media Women Entrepreneurs Summits. The first summit, to be held Monday, Nov. 9, in Washington, D.C., will provide a forum for women launching innovative news projects to meet and exchange ideas. During the summit, J-Lab will release new research about women news creators and news consumers.

J-Lab Announces Three Awards for New Media Women Entrepreneurs

July 15, 2009
For immediate release

Washington, D.C. – Three entrepreneurial news ideas – including franchises for community news sites, a food policy and strategies start-up, and a health Web site for women ages 18 to 27 – each won a $10,000 award to launch their projects in a robust competition that showcased keen energy and ideas for the future of news.

The award winners were selected from a whopping 435 proposals received in the second year of the McCormick Foundation New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative.  The number of proposals increased 129 percent from last year’s total of 190.