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Knight Foundation funds joint journalism, engineering project to speed up local media innovation

As part of an effort to help journalists better use digital tools, a $4.2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is going toward the creation of the Knight News Innovation Laboratory at Northwestern University in Illinois, according to the Nieman Journalism Lab.

A joint initiative of the university's Medill School of Journalism and the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, the News Innovation Laboratory will partner with local media outlets and nonprofit news organizations to develop new technologies and innovative practices for journalists.

To advance journalism excellence in the digital age, we must use the tools of the digital age,” said Eric Newton, vice president of the Knight Foundation's journalism program, as quoted in the Chicago Tribune. “We hope this pioneering partnership between a school of journalism and a school of engineering will demonstrate how a major university can speed up media innovation in its surrounding community.”

Similar journalism-technology collaborations have appeared at other U.S. universities, including Studio 20 at New York University, and the joint journalism/computer science master's degree at Columbia University.

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