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Voting Wars

Students from 18 universities investigate voter access and participation in a presidential election year.

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News21 now welcomes students from all journalism schools. Applications are due Nov. 10.


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 foundations and philanthropic organizations that support the work of individual fellows. These include the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Peter Kiewit Foundation and Women & Philanthropy, part of the ASU Foundation.

Part of the goal of the News21 program is to distribute student content as widely as possible in the belief that the work is valuable to media organizations and audiences across the country.

To that end, all content is offered free of charge under Creative Commons licensing.

Media outlets that have published News21 projects in recent years include The Washington Post, and National Public Radio, among many others. The content also has been widely distributed through blogs and individual and group websites.

News21 content can be used as is or in edited versions as long as the material is credited to Carnegie-Knight For more information, see Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

We also ask that publishers retain student bylines and credit lines and link to the website.

In addition, users may download a widget for their websites that links directly to the most recent News21 project. We have a static widget and a rotating one available for quick use. The widget code can be accessed here.

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.