Knight grant will help
boost Medill newsroom training
The Medill School of Journalism has been awarded a $1.9 million grant
over four years from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to increase
both the news industry’s financial investment in journalism training
and the amount of training, education, and professional development that actually
is offered to journalists around the country.
|“The Knight Foundation grant makes it possible
for Medill to be at the center of change in the training nationwide of journalists
of all ages,” said Loren Ghiglione, Medill dean.
|photo by Jim Ziv
The grant is part of the Knight Foundation’s $10 million Newsroom Training
Initiative. That initiative grew out of a Knight Foundation study that found
that eight in 10 journalists say they need more professional development and
that nine in 10 news executives agree.
Medill’s part in the Knight initiative is “Tomorrow’s Workforce,” a
project that will develop workforce diagnostics and measurements to help newsrooms
determine what kind of training they require and track the ways that they meet
Michele McLellan, a former editor at The (Portland) Oregonian, is director of “Tomorrow’s
Workforce,” based at Medill. She also is co-author of the American Society
of Newspaper Editors’ Newspaper Credibility Handbook.
“The Knight Foundation grant makes it possible for Medill to be at the
center of change in the training nationwide of journalists of all ages, which
complements the school’s mid-career training initiatives in the reporting
of religion, law and business,” said Loren Ghiglione, Medill dean.
Medill began moving into mid-career training three years ago when it launched
a specialized program in religion, spirituality and ethics. That program gave
qualified graduate students and mid-career professionals a unique fellowship
opportunity designed to increase their knowledge of religious issues and apply
that knowledge to their reporting. Working journalists who participated praised
the program as an extraordinarily valuable opportunity.