Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin leads professional training and outreach for journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2002, our training programs have benefited thousands of journalists and journalism professors throughout the Americas and beyond. Since 2012, the Center has offered massive open online courses (MOOCs) that attract students from all over the world.

Here are some of the Center’s main activities:

  • To offer free or low-cost online training to journalists, with a focus on digital tools and innovation. The Center’s pioneering distance learning program served about 7,000 students from Latin America and the Caribbean through 120 online courses between 2003 and 2012. Since launching its first MOOC in October 2012, the Center has reached more than 105,000 students from 171 countries with 31 MOOCs and eight BOCs (big online courses). See a full catalog of Knight Center courses here.
  • To maintain a trilingual blog (in English, Portuguese, and Spanish) that monitors daily journalism news, freedom of press issues, and best practices in the Americas. We encourage you to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter for the latest updates.
  • To organize the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual gathering of editors, producers, executives and academics from around the world who convene at the University of Texas at Austin to discuss the evolution of online journalism. For many years, the Center has also organized the Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, an annual conference and a permanent network of organizations dedicated to journalism training and press freedom in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • To help journalists create and/or strengthen a new generation of independent journalism organizations. These organizations have created self-sustaining training programs to raise journalistic standards in the hemisphere. Specifically, the Knight Center has helped journalists create the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (Abraji), the Argentine Journalism Forum, the Peruvian Provincial Journalists Network, the Paraguayan Journalism Forum  (FOPEP), and the Newsroom Council (CdR) of Colombia. Every Knight Center collaboration has been designed to help these organizations develop the track record, strategies, and technical assistance needed to become long-term, self-sustaining actors in their respective countries.

The Knight Center was founded by Professor Rosental Alves with a $2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2007, the Knight Foundation pledged an additional $1.6 million over five years to allow the Knight Center to refocus its work as a digital media center for Latin American and Caribbean journalism and to expand its efforts to serve as an incubator for new journalism organizations. Most recently, in April 2016, the Center received a $600,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to expand its online journalism education program over a four-year period.

To support our work, visit our secure gift page or mail a check, payable to the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, to:

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
300 West Dean Keeton St., Stop A1000 • BMC 3.212
Austin, TX 78712

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