KDMC Indie Journalists Workshop Alum Receives New Voices Grant
Janice Rombeck, a member of the KDMC's inaugural Web Publishing for Independent Journalists Workshop, and her NeighborWeb community news site, was selected to receive a New Voices grant. NeighborWeb was among "nine promising community news sites" selected to receive the J:Lab grant of up to $25,000.
NeighborWeb will train San Jose residents who live in 19 designated improvement areas on how to contribute stories, videos and photos to the site. The news site will also offer breaking news about projects and City Hall decisions that affect each of the neighborhoods.
“This year’s winners presented striking analyses of the information needs in their communities. All had plans to meet those needs with digital toolkits that involve mobile devices, social media and the Web,“ said Jan Schaffer, executive director of J:Lab which administers the awards. “Notable this year is the growing presence of independent professional journalists seeking to fill the information gaps in their communities in new ways.“
Rombeck had worked for the San Jose Mecury News for more than 20 years as a reporter, copy editor, assigning editor and section editor before being downsized. NeighborWeb grew out of Rombeck's work as a volunteer with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency to help residents launch a Web site to keep them informed about topics that the local media were no longer covering.