News21 is a prestigious national fellowship designed to train a new generation of journalists to reshape the news industry. This year, the News21 team devoted its coverage to “A Changing America.”
Each year, CoJMC fellows join students from 11 other institutions who enroll in seminars at their respective universities to prepare for a 10-week national reporting project in the summer. The goal of the project is to produce in-depth news coverage on critical issues facing the nation and then experiment with innovative digital methods to distribute the news on multiple platforms.
The three-year News21 program is part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative for the Future of Journalism Education, which is investing more than $11 million to bolster the journalism curriculum at 12 journalism schools. UNL was invited to join the national initiative in 2007. Participating universities are Arizona State University, the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Harvard University, the University of Maryland, University of Missouri, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Northwestern University, the University of Southern California, Syracuse University and the University of Texas at Austin.
The three CoJMC fellows who participated this year were assigned to News21 sites at the University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University and Syracuse University. As part of the fellowship, News21 students are paid $7,500 for the 10-week summer program, and their travel costs also are covered.