Three J-Schools Get Knight Chairs: Each Receives $1 Million Endowment

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Three j-schools get Knight Chairs

A traditional journalism school, a historically black college and a university's innovative, non-traditional approach to teaching journalism have been selected as the first three recipients of Knight Foundation's new Knight Chairs in Journalism.

Receiving the three $1 million endowments were: the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas; the School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Fla.; and the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs at Duke University.

The William Allen White School will focus the Knight Chair on studying the leadership role of the press in the community and FAMU will use the endowment to attract a distinguished professional journalist to nurture as well as teach students through a comprehensive series of professional and personal development programs. It is expected that the state of Florida will match Knight Foundation's grant with $750,000 under the Eminent Scholars Program.

The Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs at Duke, which offers bachelor's and master's degrees in public policy, currently provides top liberal arts students with opportunities to interact with leaders from professions such as law, teaching, business, banking, medicine and finance. The Knight Chair will be devoted to print journalism.

"The common denominators in these programs are their solid commitments to quality and their proven track records. The selection of these three also reflects our belief that there is more than one good path for educating journalists of the next century," said Creed Black, foundation president.

The Knight Chair in Journalism will be an ongoing program. …

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