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$6 Million to Berkeley, USC, NPR for Digital News Support

 Plenty happening on the Knight Foundation  funding of digital transformation, including this:

The foundation has awarded $2.8 million to the University of California, Berkeley to increase its multimedia workshops for journalists and $2.4 million to the University of Southern California to increase its leadership workshops and special topic seminars for journalists. An additional $1.5 million grant will help NPR work with the Knight Digital Media Center as the non-commercial news organization increases its expansion into digital news.

Over the next five years the Knight Digital Media Center will provide :

  • 400 diverse journalists with multimedia storytelling training.
  • 160 editors with special technology training.
  • Four newsrooms with on-site transformation workshops.
  • A redesigned portal web site to train more than 20,000 web users with distance learning and offer an array of Knight-funded training/learning programs focused on transforming journalists and news organizations for the digital future.
  • An annual “New Leadership Conference’’ with editors and online managers from leading news organizations.
  • Annual seminars on “Decision-making for Portal Editors,’’ “Best Practices of Specialized Journalists Online” and “Timely Topics for Digital Journalists.”
  • An annual workshop on “Managing Multimedia Multiculturalism’’ for 20 newsroom leaders, sponsored by USC and The Maynard Institute.

Within two years, the grant to NPR, working with the Center will train:

  • About 600 NPR staff in its new audio production and content management systems.
  • 40 NPR senior managers, leaders and training staff to support’s NPR newsroom of the future project, “Newsroom 2.0.”
  • 400 NPR reporters, producers, editors and other staff in multimedia skills.

Here is the full press release: Knight Foundation investments intend to speed the news industry’s digital transformation 

Plus there is this:

2007 Knight-Batten Prize Winners Announced! Wins $10,000 Grand Prize

Data-rich, nonpartisan group blog that covers real-time, online activity of the 2008 presidential candidates – and chronicles online content from voters who will elect them, is this year’s $10,000 Grand Prize winner in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. This year’s other winners are:
$2,000 First Prize: Crisis Guides
$1,000 Wild Card Award: Reuters’ Second Life Virtual News Bureau
$1,000 Citizen Media Award: The Forum, Deerfield, N.H.
$1,000 Special Distinction Award:’s onBeing
$1,000 Special Distinction Award:’s Varsity MyTeam High School Sports

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