Oklahoma Watch Awarded Grant for Video Project

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Oklahoma Watch has been awarded a grant by the Institute for Nonprofit News to develop a sponsored series of video interviews with newsmakers related to important state issues.

Oklahoma Watch was among 15 nonprofit news organizations that received a grant as part of the INNovation Fund program. The fund, established in 2014 with support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund, is intended to promote business innovation and experimentation focused on long-term sustainability and audience engagement for nonprofit news outlets.

The grants announced Friday total $416,000, with the winners chosen from among more than 70 applications. Oklahoma Watch’s grant is for $30,000.

“We are deeply appreciative to the Institute for Nonprofit News for this support,” said David Fritze, executive editor of Oklahoma Watch. “The grant will help accelerate our progress toward some major goals — to grow efforts to humanize our coverage of policy issues, expand our visual journalism and, most of all, to develop new vehicles for reaching out to sponsors and other funders for additional support.”

The project proposed by Oklahoma Watch, tentatively titled “A Few Minutes With…,” will feature short videotaped interviews with Oklahoma newsmakers or “figures who are either well-known, yet speaking about something you would not expect them to address, or whose title, position or situation is intriguing within the context of the subject,” Oklahoma Watch’s grant application states.

Paid sponsorships for a series of videos would be offered to nonprofits, institutions, foundationws and corporations. In accordance with its editorial independence policy, Oklahoma would select the topics and interviewees.