Knight Foundation awards $1.5M grant in support of news training

Dec 14, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Knight Foundation has awarded a $1.5M grant to NPR in support of its efforts to expand the digital news capacity of NPR and NPR Member Stations.

The grant will allow NPR Digital Services to work more intensively with stations and accelerate the training programs it has been developing with them over the past year and a half.

The grant provides $1 million over two years for coaching up to 70 Member Stations on topics ranging from high-level strategic planning to multimedia storytelling, writing for the web and the role of social media in newsgathering. All member stations will have access to general training opportunities in these areas.

In addition, Knight has earmarked $500,000 over two years to help NPR extend the Knight-funded digital training that NPR undertook from 2007-2010.

Both training programs will be led by NPR Multimedia Trainer Kim Perry. Kim led the initial digital media training program for NPR journalists and most recently has been working with Member Stations to develop plans that address the needs of their newsrooms.

Training has been identified by Member Stations as a critical need – one that’s essential to realizing their broaderdigital ambitions – and we’re delighted to be able to accelerate and expand our efforts with the support of this grant from the Knight Foundation.