Carnegie-Knight Announce New $11 Million Initiative for Journalism Education

By: E&P Staff

The James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, along with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is investing more than $11 million to support three more journalism schools and to bolster the journalism cirriculum and student fellowships at eight other schools.

The initiative will comprise three distinct efforts: Curriculum enhancement, expansion of the existing News21 fellowships for journalism students, and the appointment of a journalism task force to “work toward addressing and adapting to the sea change taking place in the news business.”

Arizona State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, will be funded under the initiative. The foundations currently support journalism education at University of Southern California; University of Texas at Austin; University of Maryland; Northwestern University; Columbia University; University of Missouri; Syracuse University; and University of California at Berkeley. The Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government is also supported by the initiative.

The intiative is also designed to increase the number of paid competitive student fellowships from 44 to 93. The fellowships are open to students at each of the 12 initiative-supported schools. The fellowships are part of the News21 program, which encourages students to produce their own reports on barely-covered issues during the summer months, preceded by a semester of study and research with experts in the student’s field of inquiry.

“This type of journalism prepares students for the newsroom of
the future where the person who shoots the piece may also write it and edit it,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. “And, the following day [they] will be expected to produce a story for the web or something altogether different.”

“Although traditional models of newspaper, radio and local television news
dissemination are severely challenged, every community in this democracy continues to have a core need for reliable information, news that informs and news that helps build the common language that builds community,” Alberto Ibarg?en, president and CEO of Knight Foundation said in a statement.

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