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Journalism School Receives Grant

By Kathleen Maclay, Public Affairs
Posted September 29, 1999

The Graduate School of Journalism is a new partner in a specialized training center, thanks to a $1.3 million grant approved by trustees of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism will be hosted by the University of Southern California's Annenberg School, and jointly operated by USC and the Graduate School of Journalism.

The grant will launch the center into the next three years with seminars for students, faculty and mid-career journalists on cutting-edge topics of broad yet regionally rooted significance, such as the Pacific Rim, environment, entertainment, new media and immigration.

Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley, called the grant "a boon both to us and the university."

The Knight Foundation announced the grant after reviewing proposals submitted by a select group of journalism schools in the western United States.

The Western Knight Center will be similar to the Knight Center at the University of Maryland.

Established in 1950, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation makes national grants in journalism, education, arts and culture.

Its fourth program, community initiatives, is concentrated in 26 communities where the Knight brothers published newspapers, but the foundation is wholly separate from and independent of those newspapers.



September 29 - October 5, 1999 (Volume 28, Number 8)
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