How Knight endowments advance journalism excellence

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Knight Foundation’s journalism and media innovation team gets much well-deserved attention for its media innovation work. Less discussed, but no less important, is the education of thousands of students and professionals each year through $200 million in endowed programs Knight has built over several decades to advance journalism excellence.

There are dozens of Knight-endowed chair and mid-career training programs. Since most of that work occurs at universities, I’ve also added some context—an analysis of 25 years of Knight’s journalism and media grantmaking to universities. Read more at http://kng.ht/1iiq0jV.

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How Knight endowments advance journalism excellence

  1. 1. Knight Journalism and Media Grants to Universities A 25-Year Analysis 1989 –2013 Eric Newton
  2. 2. Where the Numbers Come From Knight grant data: Lindsey Linzer pulled the grants from Knight’s Fluxx archive. We first selected grants to universities from all Knight programs for the 25-year period from Jan. 1, 1989 to Jan. 1, 2013. Patricia Kabick and Eric Newton then looked at each grant, eliminating ones that were not about news, journalism or media innovation. We counted News University, a virtual university, in this study. But we did not count high school journalism education, focusing on university-level programs. Dollars listed represent the entire grant awards. Years indicate the time of grant approval. Total grant dollars: $220,826,920 Grants: 411 Universities: 94 Program size: We adapted the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication data from faculty size to enrollment. We collected data from ASJMC’s annual University of Georgia enrollment survey; numbers posted online by schools and by directly emailing schools. Data mostly represent the 2012-2013 school year.  Small: 350 students or fewer  Medium: 351-850  Large: 851 and above University size: We used the scale from collegedata.com. When possible, the enrollment figures came from fall 2013 as listed in the U.S. News and World Report databases. Some schools had old data online, so some numbers are from 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.  Small: Fewer than 5,000 students  Medium: 5,000 to 15,000  Large: More than 15,000
  3. 3. Knight Journalism and Media Grants to Universities 35% $78,447,234 29% $64,087,976 21% $46,205,129 15% $32,086,581 South Northeast Midwest West 25 years of grantmaking, 1989 to 2013, by region
  4. 4. $- $10,000,000 $20,000,000 $30,000,000 $40,000,000 $50,000,000 $60,000,000 $70,000,000 1989-1993 1994-1998 1999-2003 2004-2008 2009-2013 Dollars to Small, Medium-Sized Journalism Programs Grant Dollars Overall 2009-2013: most dollars to small, medium programs
  5. 5. $- $10,000,000 $20,000,000 $30,000,000 $40,000,000 $50,000,000 $60,000,000 $70,000,000 $80,000,000 1989-1993 1994-1998 1999-2003 2004-2008 2009-2013 Dollars to Small, Medium-Sized Universities Grant Dollars Overall Giving grows to small, medium-sized campuses
  6. 6. Grantee Amount Region University/ program Purpose Massachusetts Institute of Technology $5,000,000 Northeast Medium/ Medium Mid-career training for science reporters University of Missouri $2,222,000 Midwest Large/ Large New building for leading journalism school University of Maryland $1,944,734 South Large/ Medium Mid-career training in specialty journalism Northwestern University $1,507,188 Midwest Large/ Large Newspaper management center support University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $1,077,000 South Large/ Large Endowed chair Top five JMI grants to universities, 1989-1993
  7. 7. Grantee Amount Region University/ program Purpose Queens University of Charlotte $5,750,000 South Small/ Small Pioneering program in digital media literacy Massachusetts Institute of Technology $4,665,000 Northeast Medium/ Medium Innovative civic media ideas, tools and networks Northwestern University $4,585,000 Midwest Large/ Large Digital tools and student developers Mercer University $3,836,000 South Medium/ Small Pioneering collaborative newsroom program City University of New York $3,332,800 Northeast Large/ Small First master’s degree in entrepreneurial journalism Top five JMI grants to universities, 2009-2013

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