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Knight funds HS journalism program

The Radio-Television News Directors Foundation has gotten a big cash
infusion from another foundation to fund journalism programs and First Amendment
education in high schools.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has given it $2.5 million for a
three-year effort, the High School Electronic Journalism Project.

The project will fund 100 new high-school journalism programs and 75
school-newsroom partnerships, as well as sponsoring regional workshops.

It is the biggest grant in foundation history. "Introducing young people to
journalism and to the role of a free press in a democratic society is at the
heart of this important work," Knight Foundation president Hodding Carter
III said.