News 21: Reporting on a Changing America

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Find out how your school can become part of the national News21 program.


Currently Investigating

Voting Rights

National News21 released a project in August 2012 that examined the impact of recent extensive changes in election laws and voting procedures in many states.

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News21 now welcomes students from all journalism schools. Applications are due Nov. 1.


Student work has appeared in numerous national publications.


News21 stories and projects have been honored in multiple journalism awards contests.

Foundations support News21 fellows: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York have provided millions of dollars in funding for News21 since the program's inception in 2005. For a history of News21, go to

Other support comes from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Hearst Foundations. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation provides funding for six students each year from the Cronkite School and the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication to participate in News21. The Hearst Foundations' gift provides support for an additional three students to participate. For more information, visit

The nationally acclaimed Carnegie-Knight News21 program, created by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is open to all journalism schools in the U.S.

How It Works:

During the spring semester, students take part in:

During the summer, fellows work out of a digital newsroom at the Cronkite School for 10 weeks, typically beginning in mid to late May and ending in late July or early August. Fellows receive a $7,500 stipend plus travel expenses and work under a team of journalism leaders that include:

How to Apply:

All program costs are covered except salary and travel stipends for individual fellows. The latter costs are to be covered by the participating schools. To apply, schools should:

The Cronkite School will notify schools of approval of their fellows by Nov. 30.

Applications can be emailed to or mailed to: News21, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Ariz., 85004.

Housing will not be provided, but university dormitory housing is available on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus next to Cronkite building.


The benefits of News21 to the fellows are proven: Students receive an unparalleled experience working one-on-one with some of the best journalism minds in the country on in-depth and digitally innovative projects and receive unprecedented national distribution and recognition of their work. Past News21 fellows have an employment placement record – both qualitatively and quantitatively – that is far superior to both the national averages and the placements of peers within their institutions.

The benefit to participating schools is equally striking. The News21 program, with its focus on depth and innovation, experiential learning and important national projects, has permeated throughout the 12 original News21 schools. Those deans and directors report a dramatic transformation of their curricula in recent years, due in large part to the lessons learned in News21.

For More Information:

Contact Cronkite Associate Dean Kristin Gilger at or 602.496.9448.


Big Journalism On Campus

Leonard Downie Jr., vice-president-at-large and former editor of The Washington Post, writes about how journalism schools are producing high-level reporting that is making its way into major news outlets. is neither affiliated with the authors of this page nor responsible for its contents. This is a safe-cache copy of the original web site.