$9M for journalists – Focus is free press abroad

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has renewed its support for the Washington-based International Center for Journalists, pledging to fund the center with $9 million over the next five years.

The award will allow the center to continue its program of sending journalists to developing democracies to help nurture a free press.

The center grants 20 foreign fellowships to journalists and news executives each year, sending them abroad for two to nine months.

In the seven years of its existence, the center has sent 115 fellows to 73 cultures and regions, including Peru, Ethiopia, Costa Rica and Hong Kong.

The Knight foundation has supported the center since its inception in 1993. The money awarded to the center is the largest single grant offered by the foundation. 

The Miami-based Knight foundation was established in 1950 by the Ohio newspaper brothers who created the company that later became Knight Ridder.

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