Illinois Farm Bureau Funds Journalism Grants
The Illinois Farm Bureau®, working in partnership with the Illinois Press Foundation, awarded 18 grants to help high school journalism efforts throughout the state of Illinois.
More than $22,000 total in grants, financially supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau, will be distributed to the schools this fall to pay for laptops, cameras, podcasting stations, and more. The Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors’ Education Committee selected the grant recipients from a large field of applicants.
“The Foundation and its board are so proud of the program, and of the work being done by student journalists and the remarkable advisors throughout the state,” said Jeff Rogers, Director of the Illinois Press Foundation.
Chris Magnuson, Executive Director of Illinois Farm Bureau’s News and Communication Division, said, “The talent inside each of these programs is promising, and helping these programs develop and grow is rewarding.”
Cook County area grant recipients include:
- Elk Grove High School: $1500 for laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, newsprint, and podcast equipment
- Englewood STEM High School in Chicago: $1500 for an iMac 24-inch desktop computer
- Evanston High School: $1500 for laptops
- Homewood Flossmoor High School: $1200 for two Nikon D3500 cameras
- Metea Valley High School in Aurora: $749 for a Cannon camera
- Morgan Park High School in Chicago: $1296 for Nikon D7500 camera and kit
- Prospect High School in Mount Prospect: $1500 for two Nikon D3500 cameras and a 70-300mm lens
- Thornridge High School in Dolton: $1500 for two Lenovo IdeaCentre desktop computers and one Microsoft Service Go 2 Touch Screen
- York High School in Elmhurst: $900 for a small podcasting station
Other grants went to Illinois High Schools from Bushnell-Prairie City, Carlyle, Jacksonville, Liberty, Normal Community, Putnam County, Rose Bud, South Central, and Sparta.