News 21: Reporting on a Changing America

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

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.

Big Journalism On Campus (PDF)

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.

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 United States. An ASU video gives a behind-the scenes glimpse of News21 fellows at work.

How It Works:

During the spring semester, students take part in:

During the summer, fellows work full time 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. The cost of housing is not covered, but the Cronkite School will make arrangements for university dormitory housing on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus next to the Cronkite building.

Students work under a team of journalism leaders that include:


The total cost to participating schools is $11,000 per fellow. This covers salary and travel stipends for fellows.

How to Apply:

Applications should come from the school’s dean or director, not from individual students. The application packet must include:

Applications may 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.

How Candidates Are Selected:

Candidates are judged by leading journalists and journalism educators on the following criteria: quality of journalism (demonstrated storytelling and reporting skills); strength of recommendations from their schools; multimedia skills; investigative reporting skills; ability to work as member of a team in an open, collaborative environment; and commitment to journalism as a career. Demonstrated special skills such as Web development, design, photography, videography or data analysis also may weigh in the decision.

Students may be asked to participate in a Skype or phone interview prior to a final decision being made.

Schools and students will be notified of selection decisions by Dec. 1.

Financing Fellowships:

Some schools have used existing scholarship or special funds to support their fellows while others have garnered new support through naming opportunities. In the latter circumstance, the supporter will be credited in the byline or credit line for the student’s work. Partial scholarship funds are available through News21. For more information, contact Senior Associate Dean Kristin Gilger, whose contact information is provided below.


Recent fellows have come from more than two dozen journalism schools, including ASU; Elon University; Florida International University, Louisiana State University, Syracuse University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, University of North Carolina, University of Texas and University of British Columbia, among others.

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 coverage of 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 Senior Associate Dean Kristin Gilger at or 602.496.9448.