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Colby College’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement has won a $246,612 Knight Foundation grant to improve news literacy among liberal arts students.

The grant creates the Visiting Lovejoy Journalists-in-Residence Program. For the next three years, journalists will visit campus to give public lectures and speak in classes. They will meet with students and aspiring journalists to explore and develop the themes raised by that year’s winner of Colby’s Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.

In addition, Colby and the Goldfarb Center will offer a Jan Plan course on news literacy each of the next three years. The course will draw on materials from the news literacy program at SUNY’s Stony Brook campus pioneered with a Knight Foundation grant.

The Goldfarb Center will develop a digital resource center with a blog, podcasts of Lovejoy addresses and panel discussions‚ lectures, a web forum, video clips, and course materials. Three students interested in journalism will receive summer internships.

“Some of America’s top newspaper editors who work with us on the Lovejoy Award selection committee tell us that there is no better preparation for journalism than a top liberal arts college such as Colby. But they and we worry about how today’s college graduates read and interpret the news,” said L. Sandy Maisel, director of the Goldfarb Center. “Now, with help from the Knight Foundation, Colby will increase awareness of the outstanding Lovejoy Award program, we will enhance journalistic literacy among our students, and  we will have more means to encourage and mentor students interested in journalism.”
“We are thrilled to support a project that will enable students at small, liberal arts colleges to learn more about journalism than has traditionally been available,” said Jessica Goldfin, journalism program associate at the Knight Foundation.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities. Knight Foundation focuses on ideas and projects that create transformational change.