Knight Foundation Gives $100K For Photojournalism Education

By: Daryl Lang

A $100,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will fund a new online education program for photojournalism students created by Western Kentucky University and the National Press Photographers Association.

University faculty and NPPA staff will work with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies’ News University web site to create a curriculum based on work that has won the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism contest.

The new NPPA distance learning program will allow students to view award-winning work on the NewsU site and learn how it was made. For example, the site might show a TV clip, and then allow students to experiment with re-editing the video themselves, says Greg Garneau, NPPA executive director.

The grant will also allow the first rounds of the BOP contest to be judged online. NPPA will improve the way images are digitally entered into the contest and expand the contest’s online photo archiving for use as an educational tool.

The Western Kentucky University School of Journalism and Broadcasting has a reputation for training award-winning journalists. Its students have led the Hearst Journalism Awards Competition three of the last five years, and 12 of its photojournalism graduates have been on Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, according to an NPPA news release.

The BOP contest, which charges no entry fee, judges still images, television and online media. Final judging takes place at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

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