Journalism innovation on campus is getting a major boost: The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford announced Oct. 6 it has received a $1.8 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to launch new initiatives that will strengthen fellowship curriculum and boost the program’s impact across newsrooms.

The new funding will add a new staff position to help increase the impact of fellows’ work after they complete the 10-month fellowship at Stanford. The fellowship program also plans on creating an annual networking and mentoring event that will bring up to 20 former fellows together to help them create change in either existing organizations or new ventures.

The new initiatives also include the creation of an innovation workshop for newsroom leaders, as well as a new, evolving technology curriculum for journalists.


“We want our fellows to be effective innovators for years to come, and to embed what they have learned in news outlets old and new,” JSK Fellowships director Jim Bettinger said in a statement.

Each year, the JSK Fellowships program brings 20 journalists and journalism entrepreneurs to campus for work on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Past fellows have gone on to become innovation leaders at newsrooms and have founded successful startup ventures like Storify.

For more details, read the full post on the JSK Fellowships website.