Knight Foundation grants $84,000 to School
The Knight Foundation has given more than $84,000 to create an editing and editing education institute at the UNC-CH School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The institute, a two-week education program for 18 professional copy editors, will be in July 2001. Courses will be taught by leading professors of editing and experienced news editors and copy desk chiefs.
"The Knight Foundation continues to invest in the future of solid, quality journalism," said Richard Cole, dean of the School. "We're mighty grateful for its support over the years."
"There's a desperate shortage of copy editors in newspapers," said Professor Bill Cloud, who will direct the institute. "This institute seeks to improve the quality of copy editing by giving participants the opportunity for advanced training, as well as by training some copy editors to be teachers."
Courses will be offered in editing, headline writing, cutline writing, photo editing, page design, legal issues, ethical issues, newsroom management, Internet research and Web page editing.
"These courses will generally be flexible," Cloud said. "People interested in participating can help shape the agenda."
Through the years, the School has received many grants from the Knight Foundation. It is home to three James L. Knight professors and the Knight Chair in Journalism. The School also has a first-class editing laboratory called the Knight Learning Center, where the copy editing institute will be held.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2000, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation makes national grants in journalism, education and arts and culture. Its fourth program, community initiatives, is concentrated in 26 communities where the Knight Foundation brothers published newspapers, but the Foundation is wholly separate from and independent of those newspapers.
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