The city of Asheville has named two finalists for its request for proposals for community media: Web development-and-design firm Ponderwell and media outlet Mountain Xpress. Here’s all the submitted proposals, including those two.
The full text of all the proposals can be viewed below.
The winning project(s), which will receive $120,000 over a three-year period, will likely involve some form or forms of media to achieve its goals, do so by partnering with other organizations, and be self-sustaining within three years. The complete request for proposals is available as a PDF here: http://ow.ly/5vnuL.
According to this summary obtained by Xpress, city staff evaluated each applicant on a point system. This report lists only the top six.
Ponderwell’s proposal rated a 78.9 out of 100, and Xpress’ a 66.8. Ponderwell’s proposal involves building a “web-based community-driven local news outlet to showcase events and news as presented by local writers, photographers and videographers.” The proposal also includes partnerships with local schools, a tutoring program for inexperienced contributors and a linked community guide. Ponderwell’s put up more information about their proposal on their website.
Xpress’ proposal is to use the grant funds to create “a central resource for everyone in our community to share” content online.
“Our project will allow users to: follow, post and curate breaking news about a fire in Kenilworth; search restaurants’ lunch specials within a few hundred yards of their current location, and recommend today’s dish to their community; and post a video resume in reply to a want ad for a job in Montford,” the proposal reads.
Representatives from both companies are scheduled to present further details to city staff on Thursday, Sept. 22.