Cronkite School receives grant to support News21 initiative


October 18, 2011

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University has received a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to support the national Carnegie-Knight News21 program.

The two-year, $150,000 grant will provide funding for six students each year from the Cronkite School and the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication to participate in News21, beginning next year. As part of the News21 initiative, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Fellows will collaborate with peers from across the country to produce in-depth news coverage on critical issues and experiment with innovative digital methods to distribute the news through multiple platforms. Download Full Image

Robert J. Ross, president and CEO of the foundation, said the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative presents a unique new opportunity for the Oklahoma City-based foundation to support journalism education.        

“Our partnership with the Cronkite School will enable journalism students from the two universities to participate in this groundbreaking program and enhance their skills as multimedia journalists,” he said.   

The national News21 program is part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, a larger effort by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to change the way journalism is taught in the U.S. and train a new generation of journalists. The Cronkite School serves as the national headquarters for News21, which includes students from the nation’s top journalism schools.

"We are tremendously grateful to our friends at the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for supporting the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, and we're particularly excited that the Gaylord School will be joining the News21 family," said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan.

Until this year News21 has been open only to students from the 12 universities that are members of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education. In the next generation of this highly acclaimed national program, News21 will be open to top students from all accredited journalism schools. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Fellowships are the first fellowships to be funded under this new program model.

Callahan said the new model will help foster diversity in the program by allowing more students and more schools to participate.

“It’s a whole new chapter for News21,” he said.

This year News21 Fellows from Arizona State University, University of Maryland, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska and Harvard University collaborated to produce a major national investigation into food safety that was published by The Washington Post and msnbc.com.

The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, the daughter of Daily Oklahoman Publisher E.K. Gaylord. She launched her journalism career at her father’s newspaper in 1937 after graduating from college. In 1942, she joined The Associated Press in New York. The following year, she went to the AP’s Washington bureau, where she covered the Roosevelt administration and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II.

Ms. Gaylord created the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in 1982 to improve the quality of journalism by supporting research and creative projects that promote excellence and foster high ethical standards in journalism.

The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation also supports the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics at the Cronkite School. Past Gaylord Professors include Caesar Andrews, former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press; Sharon Rosenhause, former managing editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; N. Christian Anderson III, publisher of The Oregonian; Ellen Soeteber, former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; and James N. Crutchfield, former publisher and president of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Reporter , ASU Now

480-727-5176

Team awarded $3M to create new community resource for NSF


October 18, 2011

ASU is one of four universities creating an interactive Web-based system that will change the way the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education community approaches, interprets and synthesizes information that is produced through National Science Foundation (NSF) investments.

The project will help researchers and NSF program officers identify trends in publications and research funding, gaps in current research and funding, and potential collaborators in STEM education. Ann McKenna Download Full Image

The “Deep Insights Anytime, Anywhere” (or DIA2) project will enable researchers and officials to quickly determine who is working in specific areas and find potential collaborators, funding sources, program officers, research papers and findings. The system visualizes complex networks of funding and research collaboration with a map created specifically for each search.

DIA2 is funded through a $3 million NSF grant as part of a program called Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM, or TUES. The team includes collaborators from Purdue, Virginia Tech, Stanford University and ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation.

“The wealth of knowledge and insights available through NSF historically has been difficult to uncover and almost impossible to organize for both NSF and the community,” said Ann McKenna, associate professor of engineering in ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation and principal investigator for the project. “Our interactive visualizations will be designed to systematically translate search and analysis in a way that is intuitive and easy to understand.

“This project is unique in that we are creating a resource that can be used by both the NSF and STEM education communities,” said McKenna. “Our ultimate goal, and measure of success, is to create an intuitive online tool that will accelerate the pace of innovations and their enterprise to benefit research and most importantly, STEM education.” 

Each of the four university teams is handling a different aspect of the work. McKenna is charged with the design and usability side of the interactive visualization platform. Other roles from the team include building the infrastructure, design of data mining algorithms and social media optimization to ensure rapid diffusion of the innovations fostered in this project.

“In addition to creating an invaluable resource to the research community, our goal through this project is to bridge the research communities and facilitate the transformation of STEM education,” said Mitzi Montoya, vice provost and dean of the College of Technology and Innovation.

The new Web platform will evolve from a prototype called iKNEER, or Interactive Knowledge Networks for Engineering Education Research, funded by NSF’s Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC).

Leading the work at Purdue is Krishna P.C. Madhavan, an assistant professor of engineering education. Sheri Sheppard, a professor of mechanical engineering, leads Stanford’s team and Virginia Tech’s team is led by Aditya Johri, assistant professor of engineering education.