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New Voices Launches Today

Today we launched a rather ambitious site: It’s of fairly large scope, and its goals are even bigger.  The site is New Voices, and it’s a grant-funded citizen’s media project that seeks to underwrite “the start-up of 20 micro-local, news projects with $12,000 grants” and then foster then as they achieve sustainability.

The site’s main purpose right now is soliciting grant requests, though there’s already several good case studies on the site.  More will follow, along with updates about the project’s grantees.  There’s (of course) a blog for the site, written by the program’s executive director, Jan Schaffer.

The site will have a companion site that we’re also doing, more on that later. New Voices is administered by J-Lab at the University of Maryland and supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in case you were wondering.

Several websites mentioned the launch today, Dan Gillmor’s Grassroots Journalism, Etc. and Micro Persuasion, among others.

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