John S. Knight Fellowships makes awards to five coronavirus journalism projects

To help provide communities with better news and information on COVID-19, the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships has awarded $123,000 in funding to five projects led by JSK Fellows and alumni.

JSK logoThe initiative is being funded with existing support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The projects selected include:

● COVID-19 Public Records will respond to community information needs and monitor human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery in Detroit, Milwaukee and other cities around the United States.
● Using Visuals to Fight an Infodemic will leverage the power of visual journalism to reach and inform underserved communities in their forums – online using viral tactics and offline using public displays.
● COVID-19 Information Hub will create a channel to distribute nonprofit news and a clearinghouse for verified public information for the Bay Area.
● Community Reporting Immigrant Service Project will work with KBBF Radio 89.1 FM (Calistoga, California), local media and WhatsApp networks to ensure Bay Area immigrant communities have access to timely, accurate information on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.
● Isolated Magazine will establish a global, not-for-profit creative community and an online magazine, for and by people who keep their distance as this lasts.

“The world as we know it dramatically shifted in just a few short weeks, and journalism rose to the challenge to serve the public in better ways,” said DAWN GARCIA, director of the JSK Fellowships. “Our current fellows, alumni and affiliates are showing initiative to help close information gaps and help our communities persevere in this time of crisis. We’re delighted to champion their work and their resilience.”

The JSK Fellowships issued a $100,000 challenge to the JSK Class of 2020, which is currently in its last quarter at Stanford University, and its alumni community in late March.

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