Calling Women Entrepreneurs ~ Deadline: Jan. 23, 2013

  • January 23, 2013 · 5:00 PM


About This Initiative


The McCormick Foundation New Media Women Entrepreneurs project seeks to spotlight the creative assets of women and help address issues of opportunity and innovation, recruitment and retention for women in journalism. In addition to providing seed funding for new women-led news ideas, it will:

It is an initiative of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. J-Lab helps news organizations and citizens use new media technologies to create fresh ways for people to participate in public life. It also administers the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism, the Knight Citizen News Network and the New Voices community media grant program. Its projects are supported with grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the McCormick Foundation.

The McCormick Foundation supports free, vigorous and diverse news media that provide citizens the vital information they need to make reasoned decisions in a democracy. The Journalism Program is committed to non-profits that support leadership in news organizations, develop future journalists and strengthen the quality of journalism.





Eligibility Guidelines Deadline: Jan. 23, 2013


See past winners.

See advisory board.

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 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.


- There is a $35.00 fee to apply. Applicants should submit payment via Eventbrite:

Please don't forget to pay after you submit your application! Please also enter the name of your project in the 'Other Information' section of your payment!

Funding is available for start-ups only.

Projects must:

  1. Launch (at least a live beta) within 10 months of receiving funding.
  2. Have a plan for continuing after initial funding has ended.
  3. Have journalistic value.
  4. Projects may be independent or housed within traditional media or nonprofit organization

Personal blogs or one-time documentaries will not be funded.

Strong applicants will:

  1. Provide information to help people live their lives or make informed civic choices.
  2. Adhere to principles of accuracy, truth and fairness.
  3. Advance women in the news industry.
  4. Show promise of being sustainable.

Questions? Email us!

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