From The Washington Post to Channels TV in Nigeria, people were eager to talk about how the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and schools like Indiana University will assess the impact of technology on democracy and improve media literacy.
The news of the Knight Foundation’s $50 million total commitment to IU and other institutions researching in this area quickly spread across major publications.
Along with the Post, the Miami Herald, which was once owned by John S. Knight, covered the story. The news also made its way into Inside Higher Ed and Yahoo! News. But the Knight Foundation news also went global with outlets like Mail Online UK, France 24, and others picking the story up.
And the $50 million commitment wasn’t the only story worth writing about. IU shared the exciting news that part of the Knight Foundation award would help fund the $6 million Observatory on Social Media (OSoMe) at IU, which is an expansion of the online OSoMe project.
The news of the research center—and its aim to study the spread of information online and improve media literacy—was covered by local and statewide outlets, including Inside INdiana Business and The Herald-Times.
James Shanahan, dean of The Media School, told The News-Sentinel in a story about the OSoMe update that “bringing journalists and students into contact with the best technology for assessing news legitimacy and accuracy will be an important step forward in the evolution of journalism in a new media environment.”
IUNI even wrote its own blog about the news, where we explored IUNI’s role in OSoMe and talked about what’s in store for our partnership, as we continue to collaborate on the new research center.
Who covered the story?
Here’s a list of publications that covered the Knight Foundation award or OSoMe expansion:
- The Washington Post
- Yahoo! News (Associated Press)
- Mail Online UK (Agence France-Presse)
- France24 (Agence France-Presse)
- Channels TV Nigeria
- Miami Herald
- Insider Higher Education
- Indy Channel/RTV6
- Philanthropy News Digest
- Inside INdiana Business
- The News-Sentinel
- Lebanon Reporter