Four local newsrooms have been selected for the inaugural Open Campus story partnerships. These collaborations encourage in-depth reporting focused on higher education.

The newsrooms are: Arizona Luminaria, Montana Free Press, the Salt Lake Tribune, and The Assembly in North Carolina. The newsrooms’ story pitches were selected from a pool of more than 20 applicants. The projects focus on workforce challenges in rural America, adult education, and barriers to college readiness and access.

In the partnerships, Open Campus awards newsrooms up to $10,000 to report an ambitious, local higher ed story. Open Campus editors collaborate with the teams behind the chosen projects, offering higher education expertise, data analysis, and editing support. 

The initiative aims to deepen local coverage of higher education around the country, particularly in rural areas. The partnerships expand on the existing Open Campus Local Network, which already supports dedicated reporters on the higher-ed beat in 12 markets.

Open Campus plans to make another round of awards in the summer of 2024. Learn more and apply here. The projects are made possible through support from Ascendium Education Group. 

About Open Campus

Founded in 2019, Open Campus is the only nonprofit news organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to higher education. It’s built on an innovative collaborative model, combining a national newsroom that knows higher ed deeply with local newsrooms that know their communities deeply. Open Campus has put local reporters on the higher-ed beat in partnerships with 12 newsrooms around the country. Learn more about our model