“These approaches may help us find new sources, including those who typically don’t want to speak with a reporter about a sensitive topic,” Walker said.
New Haven Independent Editor Paul Bass said, “We're excited to tap into some of the innovative work Professor Walker is doing at Quinnipiac.”
In addition to Walker and the students, the research team also includes Molly Yanity, assistant professor of journalism, Terry Bloom, associate dean of the School of Communications, Courtney Marchese, assistant professor of interactive media and design, and Burgess Brown, Listening Post Collective community manager.
The projects receiving funding were announced at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2018 Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Challenge Fund was created in 2014 to encourage journalism programs to partner with local news organizations and experiment with new ways of providing news and information. In total, 43 collaborative projects have received more than $1.5 million of support through the fund.