JSK names 11 Community Impact Fellows for 2020-21

John S. Knight Community Impact Fellows, JSK Class of 2020-21. (Courtesy JSK)

The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships has named 11 journalists, technologists and community leaders as JSK Community Impact Fellows for 2020-2021. The fellows will work remotely on a range of projects to close information gaps affecting people of color – deficiencies that have been exposed and exacerbated by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Our new fellows bring deep community experience and empathy to their work,” said JSK Director DAWN GARCIA. “Their news and information experiments will help provide essential information to people who are too often overlooked and underserved. This work will change the narrative for thousands of people in our cities and towns.”

The JSK Community Impact Fellows will develop news and information solutions that better engage communities of color in the United States. The communities include Indigenous people, Latino and Asian immigrants and other people of color in California; Latino farmworkers in Idaho; Migrants and Spanish speakers in Arizona; low-wealth Black and brown populations in Detroit, Miami and Newark; neglected Black and brown residents of Albuquerque, Cleveland and Milwaukee; and forgotten people of color living in news deserts in the American South.

The fellowship runs from Sept. 14, 2020, to May 14, 2021, though many of the fellows have already begun their work and will continue their projects well after the fellowship ends. The fellows will document their work throughout the year, highlighting key strategies and lessons learned.

The Class of 2020-2021 joins a thriving JSK community. More than 1,000 people from more than 80 countries have participated in journalism fellowships at Stanford since the program first began in 1966.

Read the full article on the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships website.