JSK Journalism Fellowships program names class of 2019-20

Knight Journalism Fellowships
Courtesy of the Knight Journalism Fellowships

The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships will welcome 19 leaders in civic engagement, storytelling and technology to Stanford as members of its class of 2019-20. Beginning in September, the JSK Fellows will pursue a range of innovative journalism projects that seek to strengthen the profession. Throughout their 10 months at Stanford, the fellows will reach across disciplines to explore some of the industry’s biggest problems and open new opportunities for journalists and the communities they serve.

“The members of our next class bring deep experience in journalism from around the world. Many of them have explored the creative edges of civic engagement, data science, technology and storytelling,” said JSK Director DAWN GARCIA. “They are a complementary mix of people with inventive ideas who will make terrific additions to Stanford and the JSK family.”

Two of the newly selected fellows will officially represent JSK in its nascent partnership with the Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute, which seeks to advance AI research, education, policy and practice to improve the human condition. The JSK-HAI Journalism Fellows, funded by Stanford HAI, are:

  • Garance Burke, national investigative reporter, the Associated Press. Her topic: Developing new editorial standards for assessing bias in algorithms and artificial intelligence.
  • Pamela Chen, creative director, Instagram. Her topic: Deciphering how memes that spread during news cycles can shape public behavior and perceptions of reality.

Burke and Chen will engage with the entire Stanford community focused on AI, including experts in business, communication, computer science, engineering, journalism, law, medicine, political science, psychology and sociology. They will participate in seminars and workshops for Stanford’s interdisciplinary community of HAI fellows, contribute to AI research and outreach, and work with other JSK fellows and alumni focused on artificial intelligence.

The fellows receive stipends of $85,000, with supplements for families with children. JSK also provides Stanford tuition, health insurance and other support.

The class of 2019-20 joins a thriving JSK community. More than 1,000 people from over 80 countries have participated in journalism fellowships at Stanford since the program first began in 1966. Applications for the next cycle will open in September 2019.

To read the full article and see the class members of 2019-20, visit the Knight Journalism Fellowships website.