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How to use fellowships and partnerships with universities to fund investigative reporting

Knight Digital Media Center

As news organizations try to figure out how to fund costly investigative reporting, Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel has developed fellowship programs to do just that in partnership with Marquette University. The programs uses funding from donors and university endowments to allow experienced reporters to develop a story idea for nine months with the help of students at Marquette, and then have the story published by the Journal Sentinel. The program is a win-win for both the reporters and students, editor George Stanley says: “The reporter would gain the time necessary to dig to a big story’s bones and lift them into the light. The students could bring fresh digital skills to the project and learn what goes into a world-class report — something they might not otherwise get a chance to do until many years into a successful career.”

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