Journalism Training and Education

We aim to speed the news community’s digital transformation by working with both current and future journalists.

The 2007 Knight-funded study, "News, Improved: How America's Newsrooms are Learning to Change,” showed that 3 in 10 news organizations are increasing training. Digital media and management training are high on the list of priorities. Playing a leading role: the Knight Digital Media Center, a partnership between the University of Southern California and the University of California, Berkeley. The center provides journalists with multimedia storytelling training; editors and reporters with special technology training; a portal web site with distance learning; leadership seminars for editors and online managers from leading news organizations to help them transform their newsrooms; seminars for portal editors and online journalists; and workshops for news leaders on how to manage multimedia multiculturalism.

The center also will do on-site transformation workshops at news organizations. This includes helping NPR retrain its workforce as the non-commercial news organization increases its expansion into digital news.

Other Knight training partners include:

  • The Poynter Institute for Media Studies: News University (www.newsu.org), an e-learning site for journalists with more than 60,000 registered users.
  • Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ): Standard-setting seminars are offered in newsrooms nationwide. www.concernedjournalists.org
  • Columbia University: Knight Case Studies Initiative to create innovative teaching modules that demonstrate newsroom decision-making. www.journalism.columbia.edu
  • Yale University: Knight Law and Media Scholars program trains the next generation's leading legal journalists and media lawyers. www.law.yale.edu/news/5110.htm
  • Challenge Fund for Journalism: Trains journalism leaders and strengthens their nonprofit professional groups. A partnership with Ford Foundation, Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and McCormick Tribune Foundation. TCC Group manages the Challenge Fund and provides technical assistance to the grantees. www.tccgrp.com

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