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John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University

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John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University

Fellowship Period: 2017-2018

Venue: Stanford University, USA

The JSK Fellowships is committed to the pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to improving the quality of news and information reaching the public. We support journalists who are deeply engaged in exploring solutions to the biggest challenges facing journalism.

Our fellows come from all over the world and all type of journalism. We bring them together at Stanford to learn from and collaborate with each other.

Journalism fellowships at Stanford started in 1966 with a powerful idea: giving reporters and editors free run of a great university, which would pay off in superb journalism. We grew and evolved through the next decades,  with widening support from journalism and journalists. A $4 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation put us on a permanently endowed basis in 1984, and the program was renamed for John S. Knight.

The original model worked well for a long time — and then in the past decade, the huge disruptions to journalism spurred us to make big changes. We transformed our program from a mid-career sabbatical model to a format focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in journalism. We have refined that idea this year, helping journalists collaborate on solutions to the biggest challenges facing journalism.

That’s how we are transforming journalism.

Who can be a Fellow?

We have a few eligibility criteria; please review them carefully before applying. If you then have questions, email [email protected]. For more information about the stipend and other benefits, see Benefits of a Fellowship.


U.S. applicants for a JSK Fellowship ideally have at least seven years of full-time professional experience; international applicants ideally have at least five years. But we also consider less experienced applicants with outstanding achievements.

No college degree is required.

Professional background

We consider applicants who fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Journalists employed by a news organization or journalism freelancers
  • Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Journalism business and management executives

Our definitions:

  • Journalists – Those who write or edit news, commentary, or editorials; critics and reviewers, photojournalists, video journalists, designers, multimedia journalists, editorial cartoonists and supervising editors, anchors, and producers. They may be working for newspapers, wire services, television or radio news departments, web sites, magazines that cover news, commentary or public affairs, news-related startups, or as freelance or independent journalists.
  • Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators – Those whose work or ideas have the potential for great journalistic impact. This group includes consultants.
  • Journalism business and management executives – Those whose work influences editorial quality, such as publishers, general managers, and station managers.
  • We do not accept applications from people working in public information or public relations jobs, for trade and house newsletters or magazines, for government agencies, or in teaching jobs.

Official Link: http://jsk.stanford.edu/become-a-fellow/applying-for-a-fellowship/

Deadline: December 1, 2016


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline01 December,2016



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