CENSUS 2020: “EVERYONE COUNTS” REPORTING PROJECT
Renaissance Journalism is accepting proposals from news media organizations, journalists and other multimedia storytellers for innovative, community-focused Census 2020 projects that target hard-to-count groups in the Bay Area and help to educate, motivate and encourage residents to participate in the Census.
SUMMARY/GOALS & OBJECTIVES
This project’s goal is to encourage and increase participation in the 2020 Census among people who belong to “hard-to-count” and “at-risk” groups in the Bay Area by stimulating innovative news media coverage, storytelling projects, and/or community engagement activities.
Hard-to-count communities traditionally include immigrants and refugees, racial and ethnic minorities, homeless individuals, people who do not speak English, children and youth, and more. There are many reasons why these groups are often not counted or are under counted, including fears of deportation, language access, dearth of accurate and culturally appropriate information about the Census, and lack of digital skills.
We are looking for unique and fresh journalistic projects that are community-focused and involve a collaborative approach. Specifically, we are seeking projects that integrate “deep listening” to community members’ needs and concerns; and exhibit a keen awareness of the community’s media landscape or eco-system, as well as a nuanced understanding of the group’s special needs and concerns regarding the Census. We encourage journalists and news organizations to partner with non-profit, community-based groups in the planning and implementation of their projects.
GRANT AMOUNTS WILL VARY
We anticipate funding up to five projects for no more than $10,000 each. The size of each grant will vary and will be determined by the scope and complexity of the project, its level of innovation/creativity and budget.
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: December 6, 2019
WHO SHOULD APPLY
* Bay Area Journalists from all media, including print, TV, multimedia, online, etc.
* Bay Area news organizations, large and small, including mainstream, ethnic and community-based news media, nonprofit news organizations, etc.
* Independent journalists, photographers, filmmakers and other storytellers
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TO LEARN MORE
We’re hosting a ZOOM video conference call on November 6 at 2pm, to walk you through the RFP process and answer any questions you might have about the project and the RFP. For details, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.