The directors of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship have postponed the next JSK Alumni Reunion, scheduled for June 2021, because of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing nature of the threat.
The members of the JSK staff continue to work remotely and are planning for remote fellowships next year. (Applications for the new fellowship model will open in early July.) Stanford has announced tentative plans for an academic year that will stretch four full quarters, rotating segments of the student population onto campus. The goal is to minimize the number of people at the university at any given time to preserve proper physical distancing. It’s unclear when large gatherings will be allowed to resume in the absence of an effective and widely distributed vaccine.
Stanford has also imposed travel and quarantine restrictions for campus access. University travel is currently suspended. The plan is that when Stanford resumes widespread operations, people who are traveling to campus from outside the Bay Area will be required to quarantine for 14 days before being allowed in campus facilities. The same quarantine restrictions will apply to Stanford personnel and students who travel outside of the Bay Area and then return. Stanford expects its travel restrictions to persist well into 2021.
Based on Santa Clara County public health guidance and Stanford restrictions, it’s unclear when the situation will return to normal and JSK will be able to proceed with reunion planning. However, the reunion is tentatively rescheduled for June 2022. In the interim, JSK plans to roll out a series of virtual meeting opportunities in the next year that will allow members of the JSK family to connect with the staff and with each other. Check back for more details.