Knight Foundation awards NPR $1.5 million grant for digital training
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced that it is giving NPR a $1.5 million grant to improve journalists' digital skills, including training in multimedia and social media, reported the Associated Press (AP).
About $1 million will go toward web training at 70 of NPR's 268 member stations over the next two years, although which stations has not been identified. The remainder of the grant money, $500,000, will pay for "further integration of radio and digital coverage in NPR's newsroom," the AP explained.
“These digital training resources will ensure that NPR and hundreds of member stations nationwide continue to pioneer the use of new technologies to connect with new and existing audiences," said Gary E. Knell, President & CEO of NPR, as quoted by RBR.com.
Previously, in 2007, the Knight Foundation awarded NPR another $1.5 million grant for digital training of reporters, according to Poynter.
Also on Wednesday the Knight Foundation published an assessment of the 2007 grant to NPR, finding that "NPR should accelerate the (digital training) program and that a vital component of training is ongoing follow-up and support...In making this (new) grant, Knight Foundation is betting on NPR. Our expectation is that NPR will not just continue to provide quality journalism, but that it will become a model for nimbleness in the digital age."
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