The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University has announced a $1 million commitment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Matching grants of $500,000 each from the two foundations will support the expansion and reach of Journalist's Resource, a web-based tool that connects journalists, educators, and students with reliable research from around the world, enabling them to create informed reports on a variety of subjects. The funds also will support the continuation of the center's biannual Carnegie-Knight journalism school deans' meetings, with the goal of advancing journalism education reform.
Launched as part of the $20 million Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, Journalist's Resource is used by journalism schools that teach specialty reporting topics and by journalists and major news outlets looking to build knowledge in science and social science subjects. Named the Best Free Reference Site in 2013 by the American Library Association, the site is staffed by two full-time writers and as many as ten part-time graduate students, with assistance from Shorenstein staff.
"Our narrow goal is to promote the education of journalists who are knowledgeable in specific subject areas," said Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen. "The depth and insights with which they can infuse a story will add to its reliability and thus to the credibility of the journalism. This extension of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative through Shorenstein Center aims to make 'knowledge journalism' a standard in schools and newsrooms in the United States."