Getting started with NewsFuel

Here are some tips and instructions to get the most out of NewsFuel. (Last updated Aug. 18, 2020; site version 0.9.2/public beta)

  • This site is in public beta: We want you to get the most out of your initial experiences using NewsFuel, but please know the site is still in development. Though fully functional, you may encounter minor bugs and glitches, and in addition to working on those, the NewsFuel team will continue to add and update listings over time. If you see anything strange, find any glitches or incorrect information, or have general suggestions to improve NewsFuel, please let us know.

The basics

Start at the site home page, https://newsfuel.org/. The most prominent feature of this page is the search interface. Below that you will see links to the NewsFuel "about us" page, a contact form, privacy policy, terms of service, and this "getting started" page.

NewsFuel home

How the search works

NewsFuel is intended to help journalists and news organization leaders find prospective funding opportunities for their work and special projects. NewsFuel also serves as a resource for funders to find news organizations and their projects that need funding.

The search interface switches between two modes: find funding opportunities (the default), and find news organizations. Select the mode you want and enter terms in the search box to narrow the results. Search terms might be the names of funders, specific funding programs or news organizations. They might also be states or regions. Or, if you prefer to browse all the listings:

  • Clicking the Search button with the default Funding Opportunities tab selected and nothing in the search text box should show you all available Funders.
     
  • Clicking the Search button with the News Organizations tab selected and nothing in the search text box should show you all available News Organizations.

Funding opportunity search results

Here's an example of search results when a user searches Funding Opportunities using keyword "journalism":

Funder search results

At the top of the page is a search box that works the same as the home page search, except this one will focus just on prospective funders and their active funding opportunities (since that was the destination of the original search). To search for news organizations and projects instead, return to the home page and select News Organizations.

Below the search box are two large buttons, one showing the number of funders that matched, and the other showing the number of current or prospective funding opportunities from those organizations. In this example, there are 40 funders (shown by default) and 48 opportunities (shown if you click on that button). 

The search results "cards" for funders list (if available): title, location(s) served, a summary description, amount of funding provided in the past year, number of funding opportunities in the past year, and whether the funder has current opportunities listed on NewsFuel. If more than nine funders match your search, you will see a "Show More" button at bottom -- clicking it will show the next list of nine, and so forth, until you have displayed all matches.

You can use the pull-down menu in upper right to re-sort results.

Click the heading of any search result to go to that funder or opportunity detail page.

When you mouse over any of the result cards, you will notice a bookmark icon in the upper right corner. Click the icon to save that item to your profile. If you are not logged in when you click the bookmark icon, you will be prompted to log in, or create a profile if you don't already have one on NewsFuel. If you are logged in when you click the bookmark icon, it will turn red and that listing will be saved to your profile for future reference. Note: The bookmark functionality is the same for funder, opportunity, news organization or project listings.

(Note: As of the invitational beta period in August 2020, most funder listings do not have past funding information or other details. We will continue to add and update information to round out these listings.)

Funder detail page 

Here's a funder detail page:

Funder detail 1

Funder details begin with name, locations served, and basic contact methods (address, email, website, phone if available).

The "Follow" button on the detail page works the same as the bookmark icon on search results pages -- storing this listing in your profile for future reference.

As you read further, you'll get more details about the funder, including the types of work often supported and topic areas of particular focus. At the bottom of the listing any current opportunities (grants, stipends, fellowships etc.) offered by this funder will be shown. Click the heading on an opportunity to see details.

Funder detail 2

Funding opportunity detail page 

Here is an example of a detail page for a funding opportunity:

Opportunity detail

This page provides details about a funding opportunity, including name, eligible locations, basic contact information, and a link to apply or inquire if available.

The "Save" button works the same as the bookmark icon in search results -- clicking it will save this listing to your profile for future reference.

News organization search results

Here's an example of search results when a user searches news organizations using keyword "texas":

News organization search results

At the top of the page is a search box that works the same as the home page search, except this one will focus just on news organizations and their projects (since that was the destination of the original search). To search for funders and opportunities instead, return to the home page and select Funding Opportunities.

Below the search box are two large buttons, one showing the number of news organizations that matched, and the other showing the number of current or prospective news projects from those organizations. In this example, there are no matching projects; however, if there were, clicking on the Projects button would show those results. 

The search results "cards" for news organizations list (if provided): title, location (state), a summary description, size of the metro area covered, size of the news organization, and type of news organization. If more than nine news organizations match your search, you will see a "Show More" button at bottom -- clicking it will show the next list of nine, and so forth, until you have displayed all matches. 

You can use the pull-down menu in upper right to re-sort results.

(Note: As of the beta launch in August 2020, a limited number of news projects have been entered into NewsFuel, and some news organization listings do not have descriptions or other details. We will continue to add and update information to round out these listings.)

News organization detail page

When you click on a news organization title in the search results, you will see a detail page for that organization: 

News organization detail page

The detail page provides location and contact information for the news organization, as well as a description and lists of focus topics and project types. If the organization has active or prospective projects for which it seeks funding, they will be listed in cards at the bottom of the detail page.

The "Follow" button works the same as the bookmark icon on search results -- clicking it will save this listing to your profile for future reference.

(Note: During the invitational beta, few news projects are listed in the database. We will add and update information about news projects over time.)

News project detail page

Here's a sample news project detail page:

Project detail

This detail page shows name and description of the project; estimated cost, start date and duration; focus topics and project types. It also shows a contact email for the project leadership.

The "Save" button on project detail pages works like the bookmark icon on search results -- click it to save the listing to your profile for future reference.

User profile

If you want to save funders, opportunities, news organizations or news projects for future reference, you will need to register for an account on NewsFuel. New users can select "Log In / Sign Up" from the top right corner to register.

Once you have established an account, your user profile page (registered/logged in users can access anytime by clicking the profile icon next to Log Out) looks like this:

User profile page

From here you have the ability to view your followed and saved listings, or remove ones you no longer wish to track in your profile (by clicking the trash can icon). You may also click the pencil icon to edit your profile.