Knight Foundation Awards $6.7 Million to Accelerate News Industry's Digital Transformation

Knight Foundation Awards $6.7 Million to Accelerate News Industry's Digital Transformation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced three grants totaling $6.7 million to expand digital journalism training at the Knight Digital Media Center, a joint effort between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California.

The foundation awarded $2.8 million to UC-Berkeley to increase the number of multimedia courses it offers and $2.4 million to the USC to expand its leadership workshops and special topic seminars. Over the next five years, the center will provide four hundred journalists with multimedia storytelling training; a hundred and sixty editors with special technology training; and four newsrooms with on-site transformation workshops. It also will redesign its Web site with an eye to improving its distance-learning opportunities and an array of Knight-funded training/learning programs focused on preparing journalists and news organizations for the digital future.

In addition, the foundation awarded $1.5 million to National Public Radio to work with the Knight Digital Media Center on expanding its digital news coverage. During the next two years, the center will train approximately six hundred NPR staff in the organization's new audio production and content management systems, forty senior managers, leaders, and training staff in its Newsroom 2.0 project, and four hundred reporters, producers, editors, and other staff in multimedia skills.

"Digital technology poses major challenges and opportunities to journalism," said Knight Foundation president and CEO Alberto Ibarg├╝en. "These grants help the Knight Digital Media Center play a leading role in training journalists to meet these challenges. They will help NPR bring its quality journalism forward in this new digital age."

"Knight Foundation Investments Intend to Speed the News Industry's Digital Transformation." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 09/17/2007.