Program Venture Fund

The KUOW Program Venture Fund (PVF) provides special support for staff and independent reporters and producers to develop new programming focused on the Puget Sound region. Programs funded by the PVF can be a series of feature reports, documentaries or a variety of short audio pieces. The PVF accepts project proposals from producers and reporters three times a year.

Applications for the Program Venture Fund are due July 11, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. (PST).

Instructions: PDF | Word Doc
Application: PDF | Word Doc
 

To kick-start your brain storming here are a few subject areas that KUOW would like to cover in the coming year.  But do not feel tied to this list of subjects; this is just meant to give you a little more direction.  Feel free to submit ideas on completely different topics, whatever catches your interest.

1) Gun Control

Two competing gun control measures will be on Washington state’s November ballot. We’re looking for stories that explore this division and give us a better understanding of the players on both sides of the issue.

2) Innovators

Who are the people who are challenging the way we think and live? How are they shaping our future? Think of the researchers and clinicians hoping to create the next medical breakthrough, or the software engineer working on the next innovation that will change our lives. Who are the ones to watch and why?

3) Getting There

We are a society that is on the move. It’s all about getting from here to there. Our region’s aging infrastructure has made this issue of particular importance right now. Interstate 5 is a vital arterial and is in need of a major overhaul. Hundreds of bridges across the state are in need of updates. What are the transportation challenges that we face now and in the future?

Explore previous grantees and their feature stories.

An Olympia Family Comes To Terms With Their Trans Child

Mar 28, 2014
KUOW Photo/Rosette Royale

Her eyes focused on the arcade screen, Bridget awaits her moment of transformation.

The 9-year-old is playing the video game Ms. Pac-Man, where the title character eats a magic pellet that turns her into a super being. As Bridget grips the joystick, the sunlight streaming in through a nearby window highlights her features: She has a face full of freckles, glinting, grey eyes and brown hair that tumbles past her shoulders.

“I’m good at this,” she says of the game.

Courtesy of Steven J Pickens

In 1948, at the height of discontent over a Puget Sound transportation controversy, a group of agitated locals, nicknamed the “Vashon vigilantes,” prevented the ferry Illahee from docking.

A local business man, two candidates for governor and a network of traversing boats came to a head over a seemingly simple issue: how much to charge to cross the waterways between cities and islands.

Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Cherie LaMaine is a ferry walker on the Edmonds-Kingston line: She makes laps around the deck as the boat glides from port to port.

The habit started with her husband when he needed to make frequent trips to Swedish Hospital. “We would still walk, holding hands,” LaMaine said. “He couldn't walk too fast, but it was great.”

The Fish Wars: Fighting As Northwest Salmon Run Dry

Jan 23, 2014
KUOW Photo/Jeff Emtman

This is an excerpt from KUOW's "Sacred Catch" series. Explore the full series with additional audio, pictures and materials.

Hundreds of Indians climbed the cliffs at night and waited under the edge of the bluff for the first morning light.

'Schelangen,' But Also A Right

Jan 22, 2014
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Back in the 1850s, the United States negotiated a series of five treaties with the coastal tribes living in what is now Washington state. The treaties secured a majority of the land for the state and broke the tribes up into reservations. But of less interest to early white settlers were water rights. Native Americans kept their right to fish along coastal waters. However, over the decades those rights have been disputed.

Before Salmon Was King, Before Salmon Was Greed

Jan 21, 2014
KUOW Photo/Jeff Emtman

The Salish Sea is a network of waterways that run from northwestern Washington to British Columbia. The waters of the Salish Sea are home to some of the richest marine life on the planet. The Lummi Tribe of Northern Washington rely on the abundance of these waters, but the fish have been in decline for the last century and a half.

Response To "Black In Seattle: Dating Woes"

Nov 1, 2013
KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series concluded Thursday with a look at the challenges black women have in finding partners, called he "marriage freeze."

Listeners and readers added their own insight on the series and their experiences finding love in Seattle.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights.

Black In Seattle Live Twitter Chat

Oct 31, 2013

Black In Seattle series producer Tonya Mosley (@tonyamosley) moderated a live Twitter chat last night. Local guests Enrico Benjamin and Alex Wells joined her to discuss what it's like to be a black man in Seattle.

Miss anything? Catch up on all the pieces from Mosley's series and highlights from the chat below, and follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter to add your questions and insights.

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

In 2002, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote about the black experience in Seattle in which black women complained about how few black men there were to date. One woman said to "bring your own black men (or women) to date because Seattle is hard on black women's dating aspirations."

Response To 'Black In Seattle: Busing Blues'

Oct 30, 2013
Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools Archive

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series continued Tuesday with a piece on the Seattle Public Schools' 21-year busing program and the way it continues to affect the way black people, some of who are parents now themselves, view their community and education.

Listeners and readers added their own insight on their experiences with the busing program.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

On a map, Seattle is a blue dot – often described as liberal and tolerant. But it’s not always comfortable for black men who say they experience racial profiling and discrimination.

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

This week, we’ve been airing stories by reporter Tonya Mosley centered around the question: What is the black experience in Seattle? Below, hear Web exclusive interviews from more people Mosley interviewed for her series, Black In Seattle

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series on KUOW immediately struck a chord with her first piece that asked a fraught question: Where are the black people? For a large and progressive metro area, Seattle actually lags behind other cities and the country as a whole in its black population.

Listeners and readers added their own insight as to what Seattle offers and what it is missing for the black community.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 2000.107

On a recent Thursday evening, Amalia Martino rushed from work to catch the last few minutes of her daughter Sophia’s soccer game. She pointed out her daughter on the field, laughing a little: “My daughter is the brown one.”

KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

What is it like to be black in the fifth whitest major city in America?

It’s not an easy question to answer.

Seattle’s black population hovers around 8 percent, with more leaving every year.

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