BU receives Knight Foundation grant

Knight Foundation awards BU $1.1M for science-medical journalism center

(Boston, Mass.)-The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded $1,151,700 to Boston University to establish an international science and medical journalism center to strengthen news coverage of science, medicine and public health.

The center will build on the College of Communication's Graduate Science Journalism Program. The Knight funds, which will be appropriated over three years, will be used to train students and practicing journalists to recognize, investigate, and explain scientific and medical issues. The aim is to improve the quality of medical journalism in print, broadcast and online news organizations.

"Greater Boston is a hub of medical, biotechnological, academic and journalistic expertise, " said Dr. W. Gerald Austen, chairman of the Knight Foundation Board of Trustees and former chief of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. "The combination of Boston University's medical school and journalism department makes it a natural spot for locating a new center that will help broaden our society's understanding of medicine and medical research."

Boston University President Jon Westling said, "Boston University is grateful to the Knight Foundation for establishing this center. Reporters, who are not themselves scientists or physicians, are often faced with the challenge of explaining scientific and medical advances to the general public. In creating this center, the Knight Foundation recognizes the increasing need in our technological civilization for informed reporting on science by journalists who know how to assess the importance of discoveries and how to put them into contexts that the public can understand."

The grant was among several announced today by the Miami-based Knight Foundation, which makes national grants in the fields of journalism, education, and arts and culture. Brothers John and Jim Knight, who owned several daily

Contact: Sarah Godbout
Boston University

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