From Eric Newton, VP/Journalism, Knight Foundation:
What's cool about News 21 -- the investigative reporting project now in its fourth year at'top U.S. journalism schools -- is not just that the students are producing Changing America stories worthy of being used by the nation's largest newspaper group.' It's that they are also inventing new digital storytelling methods while doing so, including a new kind of video player, talking bar charts, moving infographics -- and then sharing what they have learned.' These students are showing that'advancing journalism excellence is as challenging a pursuit as any other.'They are learning to'connect the data and events of today's'news to the issues and ideas modern people need to understand to run their communities and their lives. 'On the agenda for the future of the project, headquartered at Arizona State: adding'web pages' to universities set up their own future of news projects, and to'help news managers use the content and technology developed by the students -- and tracking where all the alumni have ended up.