The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a $5.75 million grant to Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina to support efforts by its school of communication to become a national leader in digital and media literacy.
The grant will support the development of programs to teach digital and media literacy to the school's students as well as outreach programs to help spread digital and media literacy in the community at large; help the school teach digital and media literacy to all Queens students through the university's core classes; and support annual conferences, a Web site, and a journal that addresses the roles that Queens and other universities can play in teaching digital and media literacy in their communities.
In recognition of the grant, the university will rename the school the James L. Knight School of Communication, after the co-founder of the newspaper group that became Knight Ridder, former publisher of a Charlotte newspaper.
"It's pioneering for a university to take responsibility for teaching digital and media literacy not only to its own students, but in the community at large," said Knight Foundation president and CEO Alberto Ibarg�en. "In the twenty-first century, successful communities will be those [that] can best connect with each other and the world using digital media. Queens is uniquely positioned to help Charlotte do that."