Knight Foundation Awards $6.3 Mil.

By: Lucia Moses

Racial diversity in America’s news media as well as environmental and international reporting are the targets of $6.3 million in John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grants announced last week.

A $5-million challenge grant to the University of Michigan’s Michigan Journalism Fellows Program, announced on Saturday, will establish fellowships for international journalists and support environmental studies. With Michigan alumnus Mike Wallace of CBS’ “60 Minutes” providing $1 million of the match, Michigan’s program was renamed the Knight-Wallace Fellows.

The diversity-promoting Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in Oakland, Calif., will use its $1.3-million grant to launch an endowment drive.

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