The ICFJ Knight Fellowships are designed to instill a culture of news innovation and experimentation worldwide. The goal is to seed new ideas and services that deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens in the editorial process. Fellows partner with newsrooms, startups and other organizations to help them adopt or invent technology that engages and informs the public.
During the one-year Fellowship, ICFJ Knight Fellows focus on one or more of the four target portfolios – mobile, data, social media/networks and multimedia storytelling. ICFJ expects Fellows to work on multiple, complementary projects. For example, in Latin America, a Fellow:
- Launched a Media Factory to seed new, online media outlets
- Expanded Hacks/Hackers across Latin America to inspire the adoption and creation of news apps and build connections among journalists, designers, and developers. The goal: to improve the quality of media and engage audiences
- Implemented data bootcamps across the continent