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Articles by Eric Newton

Eric Newton is vice president of the journalism program for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Since 2001, he has developed more than $250 million in grants to advance quality journalism, freedom of expression and media innovation worldwide. Before Knight, Newton was founding managing editor of the Newseum. Much of his original work as its chief content creator remains in the world’s first major museum of news in Washington, D.C. Newton began his journalism career as a newspaper editor in Northern California. At the Oakland Tribune, he was managing editor under owners Bob and Nancy Maynard, when the newspaper won 150 journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.
“What digital natives can do is make the status quo uncomfortable for professors who won’t change.”
The Knight Foundation’s Newton says “universities must be willing to destroy and recreate themselves to be part of the future of news.”
The Knight Foundation’s Newton writes about the impact of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative, which has tried to improve the quality of instruction and research at the United States’ journalism schools.
January 6, 2010