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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.

Journalism fellowships at Stanford started in 1966 with a powerful idea: Give journalists broad access to a great university, which would pay off in superb journalism. We grew through the next decades, and in 1984 a $4 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided a permanent endowment for the program, which we renamed for John S. Knight, who, with his brother James L. Knight, once operated a company that became the largest newspaper chain in the United States.

The work our fellows do is vital, urgent and demanding. Our goal is to help our fellows develop the leadership resilience this work requires. Through individual coaching, tailored workshops and peer-to-peer learning, the JSK Fellowships helps fellows identify the tools and mindsets needed to effectively lead and navigate change in times of uncertainty. 

Our team

About Dawn Garcia
Dawn Garcia
About Pam Maples
Pam Maples
managing director
About Alberto B. Mendoza
Alberto B. Mendoza
managing director
Erika Bartholomew
administrative director
Enrico Benjamin
engagement editor
Mary Beth Boch
selection and resources administrator
Carol Fernandez
office and events coordinator
Djordje Padejski
associate director, post-fellowship programs
John J. Walker
technology administrator

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