-- In an era when researchers unravel the secrets of DNA and
the world watches Silicon Valley for the latest technological
breakthrough, students at the University of California, Berkeley's
Graduate School of Journalism will have special training in
reporting the cutting edge news of science and technology.
25), the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced
a $1.5 million grant to fund a tenured Knight Chair in Journalism
at UC Berkeley for a professor to concentrate on science and
as we do at the epicenter of the 21st century's revolution
in science and technology, this endowed chair will allow the
Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley to help train a
new generation of journalists to cover this crucial field,"
said Orville Schell, dean of the school.
will be a great asset for the school and for the cause of
good journalism in America," he said.
Berkeley grant was one of two announced. Another Knight Chair
is going to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The two universities were selected from a field of 35. Both
will begin immediately searching for professors to fill the
Berkeley post will be broadly defined, according to the school's
proposal to the Knight Foundation, but will emphasize information
technology and biological sciences.
years, the Graduate School of Journalism has offered numerous
courses on covering science and high tech that require field
reporting and result in published articles. School officials
say efforts such as these, and the new endowed chair, improve
the state of science reporting for specialty writers as well
as for general assignment reporters.
the foundation has used endowed tenured teaching positions
to place noted journalists into classrooms at top journalism
and public affairs schools across the country. Those writers
have included Haynes Johnson, Jacqui Banaszynski, Rosental
Alves and William Raspberry.