Crown Reporting Fund
Created in 2014, The Crown Reporting Fund supports graduate students as they pursue stories in the Glacier National Park area of Montana and Canada. It also funds a mentoring program that teams students with veteran editors familiar with the field. The innovative mentoring model is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Ted Smith, a tireless and strategic advocate for climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation who died hiking in the Mission Mountains in 2012.
The goal of the Crown Reporting Fund is to inform public understanding of landscape-level conservation, conflicting demands for natural resources and community efforts to build climate resilience in the Rocky Mountain region of Montana, Alberta and British Columbia. While the students will report stories in the field, their mentors will recommend sources, edit drafts and help place the final product in a regional or national publication. Both students and their mentors will receive a stipend and travel funds. Each team will produce one in-depth story, with formats ranging from text features to photo, audio, video and multimedia packages.