Foundations' grants support national News21 program


June 29, 2012

Nine journalism students are participating in the Carnegie-Knight News21 program this summer, thanks to support from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Hearst Foundations.

The national News21 program, headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, brings together top journalism students from universities around the country to produce in-depth news coverage of critical issues and experiment with innovative digital methods to distribute the news through multiple platforms. This summer, students from 11 universities are conducting a national investigative reporting project on voting rights. Cronkite School Download Full Image

A three-year grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation provides 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. This year’s Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Fellows are Cronkite students Maryann Batlle, Natasha Khan and AJ Vicens and Gaylord students Ana Victoria Lastra, Annelise Russell and Lindsey Ruta.

Robert J. Ross, president and CEO of Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, said the foundation is delighted to be supporting journalism students from both the Cronkite School and the Gaylord School.

"We're very excited to be participating in News21 with our colleagues from Knight, Carnegie and Hearst,” he said. “News21 is a uniquely powerful learning experience for students, and it produces impactful content."

The Hearst Foundations’ gift provides support for three students to participate in News21. This year’s Hearst Fellows are Cronkite students Jack Fitzpatrick, Joe Henke and Khara Persad.

“We are pleased to support the students participating in the Carnegie-Knight News21 program,” said Dino Dinovitz, executive director of the Hearst Foundations. “The education of young journalists is something Hearst has cared about deeply for generations.”

Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan added, "We are honored and very excited that two of the most important and influential supporters of journalism education – Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Hearst Foundations – are joining the Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation in this groundbreaking journalism program. These four foundations joining forces mirror the multi-university collaboration of News21 itself."

News21 is part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, an effort on the part of 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. Last year’s News21 participants collaborated to produce a major national investigation into food safety that was published by The Washington Post, msnbc.com and the Center for Public Integrity, among other publications. The project won first place in online in-depth reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence national awards program.

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. Ms. Gaylord created the 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.

Publisher and philanthropist William Randolph Hearst founded The Hearst Foundation Inc. in 1945. Three years later he established the California Charities Foundation, which was renamed the William Randolph Hearst Foundation in 1951. Today the foundations operate as a single entity under the name the Hearst Foundations and function as private philanthropic organizations independent of The Hearst Corporation. The foundations’ funding priorities include the fields of education, health, culture and social services.

2012 News21 Schools

• Arizona State University
• Elon University
• University of Florida
• Harvard University
• University of Maryland
• University of Nebraska
• University of North Carolina
• University of Oklahoma
• University of Oregon
• Syracuse University
• University of Texas – Austin

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ASU leads solar energy training in Aruba


June 29, 2012

The Collaboratory at ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) and the Caribbean Branch Office TNO (CBET) hosted two technical training sessions on the island of Aruba last month to support Aruba’s sustainable energy transition.

TNO, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, is a nonprofit research organization and established a branch office in Aruba last year to create a center of expertise on sustainable energy technology for the Caribbean. TNO partnered with CTI’s Conservation & Renewable Energy Collaboratory (CREC) to assist in capacity building through professional development. Download Full Image

As part of the partnership, TNO asked CTI to provide two dedicated professional training sessions on solar photovoltaic energy.

The professional workshops were centered on the system design and installation as well as basic engineering principles of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy. The island of Aruba is in the Caribbean Sea, north of the mainland of Venezuela, and experiences an abundance of sunshine. Similar to many other island nations, Aruba has depended on importing fossil fuels to meet its energy requirements. The political leadership has recognized the importance of actively promoting and supporting renewable energy alternatives.

“Aruba realizes that in addition to technological innovation, local capacity building is of key importance,” said Jan Ebbing, director of the Caribbean branch office of TNO. “These trainings are a first important step in this. In addition, we hope to offer these trainings Caribbean-wide, as all islands will have to go through a similar transition.”

The first training focused on PV system design and installation, primarily on utility-connected residential PV systems. The one-week course outline and content was based on the recommended training and learning objectives established by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). The training was a combination of classroom instruction and extensive hands-on training to safely build, operate and maintain residential PV systems.

The second workshop was an applied PV engineering training for students to understand the engineering, design and operations basics of PV applications. Based on a compressed version of a graduate-level PV course that is taught in the Engineering Technology program at ASU, the one-week workshop was three days of in-depth classroom teaching and a two-day hands-on laboratory workshop.

“Aruba should be complimented as the regional leader in renewable energy in the Caribbean and this training is a true example of ASU’s New American University making a global impact,” said Anshuman Razdan, professor and executive director of CTI’s Collaboratory.

A total of 23 highly motivated and qualified professionals and engineers attended both training sessions. Attendees represented Aruba’s two major utility companies WEB Aruba N.V. and N.V. ELMAR as well as educators from the local technical college and a representative of the government inspection. Prime Minister Mike Eman and the Deputy Prime Minister Mike de Meza joined the final ceremony where students received certificates of completion.

Based on the successful completion of these initial training workshops, CTI and the Collaboratory have started discussions with TNO to extend renewable energy programs in Aruba and throughout the Caribbean.