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Center for Collaborative Journalism - Mercer University

Center for Collaborative  Journalism - Mercer University

The Center for Collaborative Jou is a unique community media collaborative combining Mercer’s liberal arts-based journalism and media studies program with the professional expertise of The Telegraph, Georgia’s third-largest daily newspaper, and Georgia Public Broadcasting, the third-largest station in the country based on population reach.

Supported by $4.6 million in grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Collaborative seeks to transform a city that has remarkable inherent advantages in geography, higher education and culture, but weakness in attachment, openness, economic strength, and overall sense of community. This Collaborative combines:

  • The reach and award-winning journalists of The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting;
  • The journalistic innovation resulting from expanding Mercer’s undergraduate journalism program through the addition of faculty with strong practical journalism experience who will introduce to the curriculum a medical school-like clinical component;
  • The energy and ambitions of many student journalists attracted by the career advantages this program offers them; and
  • A mission of steady engagement with the issues and how to resolve them.

Knight Foundation’s investments are creating one of largest journalism/community projects in its history and a model for higher education/media collaborations in other cities.

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