Credible Messenger Project Proposal Form

This form is intended for teams including one Credible Messenger and one Partnering Professional who have already been approved to participate. Please read through the text below before completing the proposal.


Please tell us about your plan to collaborate and deliver reporting on gun violence, root causes and solutions from the community perspective.

We hope to see some reports carried by local news organizations, while other might be more effective on social media platforms. The possibilities are endless.

Every project must be informed by the community and supplemental evidence, respectful to all participants and attentive to the relationship between reporting and outcomes.

Approved project budgets may range from $500 to $7,500 to compensate both reporting partners and cover related expenses, and should be commensurate with the complexity and demands of the reporting. An equal amount should be reserved for the Credible Messenger and the collaborating professional producer or editor.

Budgets should include funding to compensate people from the community for their time if they appear as sources or subjects in the reporting. Exceptions may be made if prohibited by the reporting practices at collaborating news organizations.

Please respect that our resources are limited but this is a pilot project and positive outcomes could lead to expansion.

All work related to this project must be performed according to city and state COVID restrictions. The Center will set up Zoom meetings if helpful.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

This is a pilot project and we want your feedback: Please contact us with any questions, concerns or recommendations.

Preparation

Before applying, both the Credible Messenger and partnering professional journalist should review the Resources for Credible Messenger Reporting Teams and related Frequently Asked Questions.

Who will be leading this project?

The Credible Messenger must be previously approved to participate after having submitted a Credible Messenger Reporting Application.
The professional partner must be previously approved to participate after having submitted an Editor / Producer Application.

Additional teammates

Approved teams may direct portions of their budget for additional producers in the Project Budget area below. Some have added photographers, video producers, etc. However, all producers involved in actual reporting must also submit and receive approval to work as Credible Messengers, people who self-report that their lives have also been impacted by gun violence.

What story will you be reporting?

Please answer the following questions in 2-3 sentences each.
Give your project a title. You can change it later.

Spring 2022 Cohort Deadline

Project Budget

Total project budgets must not exceed $7,500. The Credible Messenger and Professional Partner should earn equal stipends. Stipends may also be included in the budget associate producers or to compensate people in the story for their time. Approved expenses should also be include in the total budget.
Please add names, stipends, roles and contact info here. Please note: All producers involved in actual reporting must also submit and receive approval to work as Credible Messengers, people who self-report that their lives have also been impacted by gun violence.
Expenses will only be reimbursed with prior approval and with receipts.