Credible Messenger Project Proposal Form

Please read through this introductory text before completing the form below.

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 $5,000 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.


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 is on the team?

What will you be reporting?

Please answer the following questions in 2-3 sentences each.


Project Budget

Expenses will only be reimbursed with prior approval and with receipts.