$10M in Funding for Knight International Media Center at U of Miami

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By: E&P Staff

The University of Miami has received $10 million in funding to establish a new Knight Center for International Media, which will “create, evaluate and implement new global news techniques,” according to a release.

The grant consists of a new $3.5 million gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation combined with more than $5 million in past Knight funding to the University and a UM contribution of over $1 million.

The Center will concentrate on issues of how media is translated between different cultures, and will experiment with innovative methods of communication. It will also focus on how elements of visual journalism play a role in cross-cultural media. The gift includes an endowment for two teaching fellows, with one focusing on visual journalism and another on issues of cross-cultural communication.

The university’s vice dean at the School of Communication and associate professor, Sanjeev Chatterjee will be executive director for the new center.

“By creating the Knight Center for International Media at UM, future journalists will be connected with the working professionals who cover critical issues affecting our world,” said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, in a statement.

For 16 years, the Knight Foundation has endowed Knight Chairs in Journalism at 20 colleges and universities across the U.S. Those professional journalists picked as chairholders are picked because they “inspire excellence; [are] collaborators who reach out and innovate; [are] catalysts around whom universities can build expanded programs; [are] visionaries who strive to improve American journalism.” This is the first time that two such chairs have been established in a single institution by the Knight Foundation.

“This grant is based on the simple idea that the world will not solve its most difficult problems unless its people can communicate effectively across national, ethnic and cultural borders,” said Alberto Ibarg?en, president of the Knight Foundation in a statement. “Journalists can play a major role both in bringing clarity to complex issues and bridging cultural divides. The Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami will be dedicated to the proposition that we can understand each other and will train journalists in the use of many forms of media to achieve that goal.”

To learn more about the center, click here.

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