Working remotely, new fellows will help close information gaps for communities of color in the United States

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The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships today named 11 journalists, technologists and community leaders as JSK Community Impact Fellows for 2020–2021. The fellows will work remotely on a range of projects to close information gaps affecting people of color-deficiencies that have been exposed and exacerbated by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Our new fellows bring deep community experience and empathy to their work,” said JSK Director Dawn Garcia. “Their news and information experiments will help provide essential information to people who are too often overlooked and underserved. …


Veteran TV and radio journalist to develop Local Audio Collaboration Initiative with California news organizations

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Krista Almanzan, a veteran public media journalist, will spend 10 months as a John S. Knight Senior Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, working on collaborations to help small local newsrooms produce quality audio stories for news deserts and other underserved communities in California. Her fellowship begins Sept. 1.

“Krista’s deep experience in local radio creates an opportunity to help small newsrooms broaden their reach,” said Dawn Garcia, director of the JSK Journalism Fellowships. “We’re excited to see new experiments develop and to help provide more Californians with the local news they need. That’s become even more important as local newsrooms…


Current JSK Fellows and alumni will collaborate on data, news, radio and visual initiatives

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Today the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University awarded $123,000 in funding to five projects led by JSK Fellows and alumni to help provide communities with better news and information on the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.

The initiative is being funded with existing support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The projects will improve access to public records on the coronavirus pandemic; use visual journalism to reach and inform underserved communities; create a clearinghouse for verified coronavirus information for media and the public in the Bay Area; use public radio and…


Submit your best idea to help transform journalism

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We are now accepting applications for the John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships Class of 2021! International applicants may apply through Dec. 4, 2019. U.S. applicants may apply through Jan. 30, 2020.

Our next class will have up to 20 fellows. From September 2020 to June 2021,they will spend an academic year at Stanford University exploring individual and collaborative projects. …


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The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships will welcome 19 leaders in civic engagement, storytelling and technology to Stanford University as members of its Class of 2019–2020. Beginning in September, the JSK Fellows will pursue a range of innovative journalism projects that seek to strengthen the profession. Throughout their 10 months at Stanford, the fellows will reach across disciplines to explore some of the industry’s biggest problems and open new opportunities for journalists and the communities they serve.

“The members of our next class bring deep experience in journalism from around the world. Many of them have explored the creative edges…


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The next class of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University will include seven fellows from Africa, Europe and South America who are in the vanguard of transforming journalism. They are leading collaborations to share investigative resources, stories and training; reshaping storytelling in organizations large and small; and championing press freedom in the midst of government attacks on the media.

The JSK Class of 2019–2020 will include journalists from Brazil, Israel, Nigeria, Poland, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, said Dawn Garcia, director of the JSK Fellowships. JSK plans to announce the U.S. …


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The application process for 2019–2020 JSK Fellowships will close on Jan. 31.

The John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships today announced a new partnership with the Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) Initiative to help journalists explore the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) on the journalism industry and humanity.

The partnership embeds current JSK Fellows within Stanford’s HAI community and designates up to two new members of the JSK Class of 2019–2020, as JSK-HAI Fellows. …


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Sarah Alvarez and family en route to Stanford.

When Don Day first saw a tweet about the JSK Fellowships, he assumed he would need a college degree to apply.

“But when I clicked on the tweet and scrolled down the page, I saw [that] wasn’t a requirement. I didn’t have a lot of time to overthink it, so I just applied,” says Day, who lives in Boise, Idaho. If “you’re the right fit for the fellowship,” he says, “you’ll be selected regardless of how hard you try and be perfect.”

JSK Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and places. In fact, that diversity brings added value…


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The Rossi family on The Oval at Stanford.

When Lisa Rossi found out she had been accepted into the JSK Fellowships Class of 2018, she immediately called the Iowa school where her oldest son, Gabe, was enrolled in kindergarten. The school secretary wrote on a note “Mom got into Stanford” and brought it to his classroom so he could share her excitement.

“I treasure that moment,” she says. “It gave him a deeper understanding of the multitudes of responsibilities I have, both as a caregiver and as a journalist working to make the world a better place.”

Rossi knew it would be no small feat to move Gabe…


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The application period for the John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships Class of 2020 is now open. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 4, 2018 for international applicants. U.S. applicants have until Jan. 31, 2019 to complete their applications.

We will select up to 20 fellows for our next class. From September 2019 to June 2020, those fellows will spend their time on individual and collaborative projects. …

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