Knight Foundation Awards $2 Million to Expand Local Reporting Effort

Knight Foundation Awards $2 Million to Expand Local Reporting Effort

Tegna, the Virginia-based media company formerly known as Gannett, and WMAZ, the company’s CBS affiliate in Macon, Georgia, have announced a local reporting partnership with Mercer University and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

A grant of $2 million from the foundation to the university’s Center of Collaborative Journalism will be used to expand local television news reporting, strengthen the center’s innovative journalism education model, and advance various community-engagement initiatives. In addition, the center will hire a full-time reporter who will work with WMAZ and Mercer students to produce relevant local stories for broadcast on air and on 13WMAZ.com, the station’s website. Content also will be produced for Mercer’s TV station, WMUB.

"We look forward to partnering with the Center for Collaborative Journalism to produce local stories that inform and engage," said WMAZ president and general manager Jeff Dudley. "Like the center and Knight Foundation, we believe that quality, trusted, fact-based journalism can make a difference and serve the greater good. It is our hope that through this partnership, students feel better prepared to start their journalism careers while understanding the important role we play in our communities."