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Miami fellowships for Cuban journalists announced by Knight Foundation

The $110,000 program is a collaboration with the International Center
for Journalists
Five participants will be chosen from the Cuban independent digital
newspaper 14ymedio
The journalists will spend a year learning about multimedia storytelling
and report the rapidly-changing relations between the U.S. and Cuba

BY RENE RODRIGUEZ
rrodriguez@miamiherald.com

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in conjunction with the
International Center for Journalists, unveiled a new $110,000 fellowship
program on Tuesday morning designed to allow Cuban reporters and
bloggers to work with their U.S. colleagues to receive multimedia
storytelling and core journalism training.

Five journalists from the Cuban independent digital news outlet
14ymedio, which was launched in 2014 by the award-winning blogger Yoani
Sánchez, will be embedded within Miami-based, Spanish-language newsrooms
over the course of one year. They will collaborate on stories depicting
the rapidly changing relations between the U.S. and Cuba and the impact
of those changes on both countries.

“The historic shift in U.S. relations with Cuba offers a unique
opportunity to create a exchange between journalists and build a
peer-to-peer learning network,” said Shazna Nessa, Knight Foundation
director for journalism. “The immersive training experience in Miami, a
community where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers, will help
journalists strengthen core, fact-based reporting skills using new
digital tools and techniques.”

The Cuban journalists will also participate in the International
Symposium on Online Journalism hosted by the Knight Center for
Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin on April
15-16.

“This collaboration will enrich coverage in both countries,” said
International Center for Journalists President Joyce Barnathan. “In
particular, Cuban journalists will be able to hone their digital skills.”

Rene Rodriguez: 305-376-3611, @ReneMiamiHerald

Source: Miami fellowships for Cuban journalists announced by Knight
Foundation | Miami Herald –
www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article66114377.html

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