Your gift will fund investigative and in-depth reporting by University of Illinois journalism students and their editors on important issues in Champaign, Urbana and other communities in Central Illinois.

Through its website and social networks, CU-CitizenAccess offers the opportunity for journalism students to learn to report accurately on issues that matter to all members of the community. The newsroom also serves as a platform for new and innovative journalism techniques and practices.

The newsroom run by Brant Houston, the Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at the Journalism Department of the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The newsroom began with funding from the Marajen Stevick Foundation, the University of Illinois and a matching grant from the John S. Knight and James L. Knight Foundation

We need your support to continue and expand this opportunity for students and to increase the reporting for this region. Please consider a donation today.

Here’s how:

Click on this link and click on the “Give Online Now” button to open the donation form.

Next, scroll to and select “CU-Citizen Access Project Fund” located underneath the Champion Innovation in Media Research & Collaborations fund category.

We appreciate any financial support you can offer.

For any questions, please call (217) 244-8861 or email Brant Houston at