Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Do you work in a newsroom in Palm Beach County? New challenge fund fosters newsroom innovation

Below is news from the Knight Blog, "The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation":

     Creating innovative ideas from scratch to advance the field of journalism and make a difference in people’s lives isn’t easy.
     Encouraging newsrooms to evolve and adopt fresh innovations can be even harder.
     The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University aims to foster new ideas in journalism through innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Each year it brings up to 20 journalists and journalism innovators from the United States and around the world to spend the year at Stanford.

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     The support is aimed specifically at those who are working in newsrooms. [emphasis added] Using the funding, they can launch new storytelling formats, digital tools or other disruptive ideas that might not have been tried due to newsroom budget constraints. Projects will be chosen by fellowship program leadership and lessons will be shared widely.
     We are launching this new initiative on the 50th anniversary of journalism fellowships at Stanford. The program was founded in 1966 as the Stanford Professional Journalism Fellowships program; it was renamed for Knight Foundation co-founder John S. Knight in 1984, after the foundation made a major gift to endow the program.