News21 Initiative

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Ongoing Evaluation
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Journalism & Media Innovation
Journalism Training and Education


To expand the News 21 project to incubate student-led media projects, enhance journalism curriculum development and experiment with new forms of in-depth reporting in 12 universities across the country.


Key Questions

  • To what extent has the perception of journalism education and the role of journalism schools changed among news industry leaders during the past five years?
  • What role do news leaders feel News21 has played in transforming journalism education?
  • To what extent do news organization leaders believe that News21 alumni are better equipped to join and help transform the news industry compared to students from other journalism programs?

Approach: The assessment focuses on the extent to which news industry leaders view the initiative as enhancing journalism education and creating a pool of talent with new skills and expertise for the industry. This review will complement other monitoring and evaluation efforts. Information will be gathered through document reviews, and interviews with news organization leaders and program alumni.

Assessment Partner: Judy Miller


The project launched in March 2011 and is scheduled to generate findings by April 2011.

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About our Journalism & Media Innovation focus area

Our goal at Knight Foundation is to preserve the best aspects of journalism and use innovation to expand the impact of information in the digital age.

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