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 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. Learn more about the JSK Community Impact Fellowship on our Become a fellow page.