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Old 04-16-10, 01:07 PM
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Thumbs up "Write for Arkansas" Grants awarded

It took the “Write for Arkansas” Committee most of the day Friday to sift through the 26 applications for the two-year reporter grants, but in the end five Arkansas Press Association newspapers were chosen to receive grants.

The recipients of the grants and the geographic area of the state they represent are:

• Northwest: Madison County Record, Huntsville;
• Northeast: Areawide Media, Salem;
• Southeast: Stuttgart Daily Leader;
• Southwest: Texarkana Gazette;
• Central: The Courier, Russellville.

Applicants for the “Write for Arkansas” grants were required to submit budgets for the reporter position along with a flow chart of how the reporter would fit into the newspaper’s organization and how they planned to utilize the reporter should they be selected for the grant. The applicants had also to include a plan to retain the reporter at the end of the two-year grant.

The committee also selected an alternate for each grant in the event the newspaper selected for the grant was for some reason unable to fulfill the requirements. The program begins July 1 with an August 1 deadline for the newspapers to have a reporter on the job to keep the grant in place.

The grant recipients were notified Friday, and the search for a reporter meeting the grant criterion began immediately. The reporters must have a college degree and must have at least one year of experience. The grants were made possible by a challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that provided the $252,000 base grant. The matching funds are presently being raised by the Arkansas Community Foundation, which initiated the grant application.
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