You want to pursue and test an idea for improving the quality of news and information reaching the public?Applications for the 2016-2017 John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships are now open.

Schermata 2015-09-18 alle 22.26.44A JSK Fellowship is a life-changing experience. Each year, we select up to 20 fellows from around the world and bring them together for 10 months at Stanford University, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Immersed in the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of this region, they are inspired to let go of old assumptions and learn new ways of thinking and working.

We select fellows who identify and articulate a challenge in journalism that they want to work on addressing. We expect them to arrive in the program with more questions than answers and we seek people who are eager to experiment and to change course based on what they learn along the way.

Our program is focused on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. We select JSK Fellows who are passionate about finding ways to address challenges facing journalism and journalists. To that end, we ask applicants to identify a challenge they want to pursue and tell us a little bit about it. Those who are selected for a fellowship spend a significant portion of their time here working on that challenge.

But that’s just one aspect of the fellowship experience. Fellows have the opportunity to draw on the richness of knowledge and expertise at Stanford and Silicon Valley. They sit in on classes, attend events on campus, connect with experts in the university’s many research institutes and explore many avenues for connecting with innovative thinkers and doers in Silicon Valley. We support our fellows’ work in numerous ways — through coaching and skills workshops, seminar discussions with thought-leaders in technology, creativity, innovation and journalism. The most valuable asset we offer JSK Fellows, though, is other fellows. They collaborate with and learn from each other. They get advice and find mentors among former JSK Fellows. In addition to the regularly scheduled events we organize for the group, fellows seek out and organize additional shared professional and social activities.

Deadline: December 1, 2015 (11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time)