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Reporting Fund

Idaho Media Initiative Public Affairs Reporting Award Fund

If you’ve got a great idea, a passion for telling stories, can dig deep and have a penchant for teaching, pitch us your reporting project for the  Idaho Media Initiative Public Affairs Reporting Fund Award. Staff reporters and freelance journalists in print, broadcast and online reporting are encouraged to apply for the Idaho Media Initiative Fund Award. Awards will fund projects that investigate and explore Idaho public affairs issues that would otherwise go unreported.

The Idaho Media Initiative was established at Boise State University to support media literacy, civic engagement, journalism education and original reporting. The Idaho Media Initiative Public Affairs Reporting Fund Award supports the broader mission of the IMI by funding public affairs reporting projects that stimulate civic engagement while providing educational learning opportunities for Boise State University journalism students.

Funds will be awarded to proposals that incorporate student learning opportunities into the reporting process and promote civic engagement. Reporters with a solid background in public affairs reporting that are excited to turn their projects into an innovative teaching tool and share their work with a broader IMI audience are encouraged to apply. Show us how you can turn your reportage into a dynamic lesson for future journalists. Perhaps you can fold a Boise State University journalism student into the reporting process as a research assistant or take what you learned from your project into the classroom as reporting coach.

Project proposals should address issues in a way that stimulate civic engagement and include post-publication opportunities for the public to engage with issues through dialogue, discussion, and further examination. Tell us how the reporting doesn’t have to stop on deadline with a pitch that includes a civic engagement component with your project. Propose a panel discussion, a public symposium, or an outside-the-box idea that gets the public thinking and talking about public affairs.

Is your story idea enterprising and can it engage? Does it fuse innovations in journalism technology with critical thought and top-notch “old school” reporting? If you can tell a public affairs story in an inquisitive and unprecedented way, we want to hear from you.

How to Apply

Application requirements:

All Idaho Media Initiative Public Affairs Reporting Fund Award applicants must complete an application. Grant candidates must submit the following information as part of their application package:

  1. Resume
  2. Personal statement
  3. A professional profile
  4. Three work samples
  5. Editor endorsement
  6. A project proposal
  7. A project budget proposal

Questions about the application process may be sent to program administrator Carissa Wolf at Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee of journalists, scholars and educators for final consideration.

Application deadlines: Ongoing



The resume should include relevant journalism training and education, work experience, honors, awards and degrees along with contact information for an endorsing editor.

Personal Statement:

In a 500 word summary or less, describe your background, journalistic experience, career plans, and professional goals. Include a discussion about what values inspired you to pursue journalism and what motivates your commitment to journalistic excellence.

Professional profile:

Provide a short profile of 100 word or less that summarizes your professional career including your work, publications or news organizations that you have written for, beats that you have covered and awards that you have won.

Work samples:

Work samples should be provided via web link with your application or mailed to the Idaho Media Initiative. Recent work samples are preferred.


In a summary of approximately 500 words, describe your project and how it would advance an understanding of public affairs in Idaho. Please identify reporting methodologies and how proposed projects could have an impact on public affairs in the state. Include a proposal for conjunctive student learning opportunities and supplemental civic engagement resources. The IMI can help facilitate student partnerships. Include a short statement about how the funds will help produce a project that will otherwise go unreported.

Budget Summary:

Provide a budget summary detailing how the grant funds will be used. Please include a budget estimate that includes reporting-related expenses including wages, training, travel, research, FOIA, and miscellaneous costs.


To apply, submit your application package via mail or email.

Send applications via email to Please write “IMI fund application” in the subject line.

To submit hardcopy applications, send proposals to:

Carissa Wolf

c/o Sociology Department

Boise State University

1910 University Drive

Boise, Idaho 83725