John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists

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The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford is a paid fellowship for journalists at Stanford University. The program started in 1966, and is named after the American newspaper publisher and editor John S. Knight. It is connected to the School of Humanities and Sciences.

“The Knight fellowship is a unique gift allowing midcareer journalists to indulge their intellectual passions.”[1] The program gives outstanding journalists the chance to broaden and deepen their understanding of the world with the stated goal to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public through the news media: print, broadcast and cyberspace.

Beginning with the 2009-10 fellowship year, the program has a new emphasis on journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Past Knight Fellows have won numerous honors, including 26 Pulitzer Prizes.


  1. ^ Gretchen C. Daily, Katherine Ellison: The new economy of nature. The quest to make conservation profitable. Island Press, 2003, p. 236.

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