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

Ben Welsh named visiting senior data journalist at Stanford’s Big Local News
The newest JSK Local Impact Partnership will focus on sustaining Big Local News’ work to help journalists find and produce important data-driven stories for their communities.

Become a fellow

The novel coronavirus pandemic has exposed systemic failings in many of society’s institutions, including journalism. To help address this, we created the John S. Knight Community Impact Fellowship — a remote model that allows our fellows to remain in their communities and conduct experiments to help close information gaps for people of color.

To learn more about the 2020-2021 JSK Community Impact Fellows, please visit our Fellows page.

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 are eligible to apply for a residential JSK Fellowship in future years.

Applying for a fellowship

You can learn more about our JSK Community Impact Fellowship program on the Become a fellow page.


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

Dawn Garcia
Dawn Garcia
Pam Maples
Pam Maples
managing director
Alberto B. Mendoza
managing director