Journalism

Program Area

Advancing journalistic excellence in the digital age

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    What We Fund

    Knight Foundation supports free expression and excellence in journalism to promote informed communities that may better determine their own interests. We support ideas, leaders and initiatives that are helping advance the practice of journalism, including the use of new technology.

    We fund for impact in these areas:

    • First Amendment: We champion a broad interpretation of the First Amendment in the digital age. We fund research, training and litigation in support of the people’s right of expression, public access to information and journalists’ right to practice their craft.
    • Journalistic Excellence: We support the transformation of news organizations and institutions committed to meeting the demands of the digital age. We support innovative approaches to the use of technology to advance the practice of journalism and inform community.

    We define journalism as the full, accurate, contextual search for truth, through both reporting and commentary. The sustainability of news organizations depends on the relevance of their journalism and the viability of their business model; we focus primarily on the former.

    Knight Chairs

    Knight Foundation has established endowed chairs in journalism at top universities nationwide. The chairs are leading journalists who take positions as tenured professors within academia. They practice journalism, teach innovative classes, and create experimental projects and new programs that help lead journalism excellence in the digital age. Learn more

    Journalism Staff

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    Jennifer Preston

    VP/Journalism

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    Karen Rundlet

    Journalism Program Officer

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    Martha Bermudez

    Executive Assistant

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    LaSharah Bunting

    Director of Journalism