The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Poynter Institute have announced a partnership designed to provide professional development to journalists and media leaders from underrepresented demographic groups in an effort to increase their effectiveness and presence in newsrooms. The partnership calls for Knight to provide a grant of $50,000 to Poynter and individual grants of $20,000 to each of six journalism organizations to help fund scholarships to Poynter programs for more than 100 journalists.
"I see this grant as a stimulus to keep good journalists in the news business," said Karen Dunlap, president of The Poynter Insitute. "To survive and thrive, these journalists and media leaders need continued grounding in journalistic craft and values and new multimedia and entrepreneurial skills. This funding compliments Poynter's ongoing scholarship campaign and its intent to provide access to training for as wide a range of journalists and media leaders as possible."
Dunlap noted that the current downsizing of America's newsrooms has been particularly hard on journalists from underrepresented demographic groups -- the same people that news organizations had been slow to hire and promote when economic times were much better.
The grants are intended to provide the journalists who are selected for the program -- they will be known as Knight-Poynter Fellows -- with training in one of Poynter's broad range of training venues, including News University; Poynter Online; Webinars; online chats; on-site seminars and regional workshops.
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The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a nonprofit organization focused on establishing strong ties among African-Americans working in the media and expanding and balancing the media's coverage of the African-American community and experience.