“In the past, fellows would come with a study plan designed to turbo-charge their work,” said James Bettinger, director of the Knight Fellowships program. “We still want that. But we want to use the fellows to help solve problems. We want their proposals to be of use to other journalists.”
Beginning with last year’s fellows, the program has sought a broader and deeper pool of applicants. No longer open exclusively to traditional newspeople, the program accepts consultants, new media innovators and more technologically savvy journalists.
The result is a slew of projects that embrace the program’s new focus on journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. The 2010 fellows created tools intended to help other reporters.