Oklahoma Watch and KGOU Radio will join forces to cover mental health in Oklahoma City as part of an initiative sponsored by the Center for Cooperative Media.

The center, in partnership with Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Inasmuch Foundation, is providing grants for collaborative reporting projects to strengthen the news ecosystem in the Oklahoma City area. The center, through its Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund, has provided similar grants in other cities. The Center for Cooperative Media is based at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

One of five local grants will help fund a project by Oklahoma Watch and KGOU Radio examining mental health calls to the Oklahoma City Police Department, the reasons driving those calls, and responses by police officers and mental health professionals.

Other projects will focus on domestic violence in the Hispanic community, by The Oklahoman, Tyler Media and Telemundo; evictions in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, by The Frontier and The Curbside Chronicle; the annual point-in-time counts of the homeless, by The Curbside Chronicle, Oklahoma Gazette and Big If True; and the Oklahoma City restaurant industry, by the Oklahoma Gazette and NonDoc.

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