Knight Center launches its first donation campaign to celebrate its 10th anniversary
Along with a message wishing Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas sent to its friends and partners this week a simple request: “Please give $10 to show your support to our work that has benefited thousands of journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean in the last 10 years.” It is the first time the center launches a campaign to request individual donations.
“After its first ten years, the Knight Center is currently struggling to find ways to stay alive during the next decade. We thought it was a good idea to ask our friends for a little token of their recognition of our work that has benefited so many during the last decade,” said professor Rosental Calmon Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center.
Donations can be made online here with credit card. You can donate $10 or any multiple of 10.
Since 2002, the center has helped journalists create a new generation of organizations that work to elevate the standards of journalism in the Western Hemisphere, and network those organizations through the Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas.Thousands of journalists have benefited from Knight Center’s programs, including workshops and seminars.
The Knight Center’s pioneering e-learning program alone has trained more than 7,000 journalists through free or low-cost online courses and webinars. A recent study showed that nine out of 10 journalists trained by the Knight Center’s e-learning program say that the courses were as good or better than any face-to-face training they have ever had.
Recently, the Knight Center created the first massive open online course (MOOC) in journalism with more than 2,000 students from 109 countries. Almost 5,000 people have already registered for the second MOOC that will start on January 12, 2013.
The Knight Center has also offered several e-books on journalism issues that have been downloaded nearly 350,000 times. Besides the annual Austin Forum, the center also organizes other conferences, such as the International Symposium on Online Journalism and the Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism.
Another Knight Center program is the trilingual blog Journalism in the Americas, which regularly monitors issues related to Freedom of Expression and the news industry in the Western Hemisphere. More than 20,000 people receive twice a week the newsletter Journalism in the Americas, which contains the blog’s headlines in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Its reach and coverage make the blog one of a kind.
The Knight Center was created in 2002 by professor Rosental Alves at the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Communication thanks to a generous donation from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The center has also received major funding from Open Society Foundations and UTAustin.
“After this modest campaign asking for $10 or any multiple of 10 to celebrate our 10th anniversary, the Knight Center will keep open a channel to receive individual donations to help maintain its activities,” Alves said. “We are grateful for any demonstration of support to our work!”