Twelve U.S. journalists and journalism innovators have won John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University for the 2016-17 academic year.
This will mark the 51st year that Stanford has offered journalism fellowships. The JSK Journalism Fellowships program champions innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in journalism, by helping fellows pursue their ideas, formulated as “journalism challenges,” to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public. Fellows collaborate with each other, with Stanford faculty and students, with Silicon Valley engineers and entrepreneurs and others to advance their ideas.
“We’re pleased to be working with talented fellows who will be forging new solutions to important challenges facing journalism,” said JSK Managing Director Dawn Garcia. “This year’s JSK Fellows represent journalism’s best risk takers — innovators in established newspapers and broadcast organizations like The Los Angeles Times, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune and Seattle’s KPLU Radio, as well as those practicing journalism at newer journalism ventures such as BuzzFeed News, Radio Ambulante and Project Facet.”
Garcia was recently named director of the program to succeed James Bettinger, who is retiring after 27 years leading the fellowship program as director and deputy director. She will become director on Sept. 1.
The U.S. fellows join six international fellows who were announced earlier this month. Fellows spend a significant part of their time pursuing their journalism challenges, while also participating fully in the intellectual life of Stanford and the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley.
The 2016-17 U.S. John S. Knight Journalism Fellows
Financial support for the U.S. fellows comes from an endowment provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The U.S. fellows were chosen by the JSK Fellowships Program Committee: James Bettinger, director, JSK Journalism Fellowships; Sarah Stein Greenberg, executive director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford; George Haj, regional editor-in-chief, ALM Media; James Hamilton, Hearst Professor of Communication and director of the Journalism Program at Stanford; Abbas Milani, director of Iranian Studies at Stanford and research fellow, Hoover Institution; Marcia Parker, executive director, content, Penton Technology Group; and Frances Robles, correspondent, The New York Times.