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Knight Scholarships for programmer/developers

Full-tuition scholarships available to earn a journalism master’s degree at Medill

Are you a skilled programmer or web developer? Are you interested in applying your talents to the challenge of creating a better-informed society?

Consider applying to Medill to earn a master’s degree in journalism.  The program takes just one year to complete, so you don’t have to take a long career detour.

We believe that journalism is a key foundation for democracy, and that programmer/developers are enormously important to the future of journalism. We have partnered with John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create this program for people with strong technology skills who are interested in earning a master’s degree in journalism.

This will be the final year that these scholarships will be available. Applicants can start in June or September of 2019.

Previous scholarship winners have led tech development for news organizations, led teams of data journalists, specialized in data reporting and visualization, and even started a company applying artificial intelligence to storytelling.  They have gone on to roles such as:

How to Apply

Scholarship applicants must meet all of Medill's standard admission requirements.

  1. Fill out an online application for admission to Medill, including all required materials.
  2. In your resume, uploaded with your application, please include details about (and links to) your programming work.
  3. In addition to answering the essay questions on the standard application, please upload your answer of up to 750 words to the following question: "How do journalism and technology relate to one another in the digital age?"

If you have further questions about this program, please contact Rich Gordon, who oversees the program.