Supporting Journalism Leaders

Based at Stanford University in Northern California, the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships supports diverse journalists from around the world who are creating solutions to journalism’s most urgent problems.

We focus on helping these journalism leaders succeed as effective change agents, improving the access to information people need to create and sustain democratic communities.

What’s happening

JSK launches remote journalism fellowship for 2020-2021
Forget what you think you know about the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships. We are creating a remote fellowship model specific for the 2020-2021 cycle to address the urgent needs of our times.

Become a fellow

The novel coronavirus has exposed systemic failings in many of our institutions, including journalism. We are creating a remote fellowship model specific for the upcoming 2020-2021 cycle to address the urgent needs of our times. Fellows will craft and develop practical solutions that address the flaws in how our industry serves communities of color in the United States.

The John S. Knight Community Impact Fellows will do this by working remotely on projects to address information gaps in those communities. Projects should focus on journalism experiments that help move community knowledge or engagement forward in a significant way. We will select up to 12 fellows.

Who can be a fellow

Applicants must already be authorized to work in the United States. You should have at least three years of full-time professional experience. We do not require you to have a college degree.

The JSK Community Impact Fellowship opportunity is open to journalists employed by a news organization, freelance journalists, journalism entrepreneurs and innovators, and people in communities who are already working on information projects.

Benefits of a fellowship

We provide fellows with a monthly stipend, virtual access to the resources of a world-class university, and connection with a global network of innovative JSK alumni. 

JSK Community Impact Fellows will be be eligible to apply for a residential JSK Fellowship in future years. 

Applying for a fellowship

Learn more about our program on the Become a fellow page, and apply. Please email Mary Beth Boch, our selection and resources administrator, with questions, jskfellowships@stanford.edu.


The directors set the strategic direction for the program and provide guidance for fellows and alumni.

Dawn Garcia
Dawn Garcia
Michael Bolden
Michael D. Bolden
managing director
Pam Maples
Pam Maples
managing director