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Knight Foundation announces changes to journalism and media innovation staff

John S. Bracken has been promoted to vice president/media innovation at the Knight Foundation.
John S. Bracken has been promoted to vice president/media innovation at the Knight Foundation.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on Wednesday announced promotions and other staff changes for its group that focuses on journalism and media innovation.

John S. Bracken, who has overseen the Knight News Challenge since joining the foundation in 2010, was promoted to vice president/media innovation. Chris Barr, who manages the Knight Prototype Fund, is now director/media innovation.

Shazna Nessa, a former deputy managing editor for The Associated Press, has joined Knight as director/journalism. A vice president for journalism will be named in the coming weeks.

Marie Gilot is now journalism program officer.

In a press release, the foundation said the changes follow the departure of Michael Maness, the former vice president for journalism and media innovation, to become “innovator-in-residence” for the Digital Initiative at the Harvard Business School. Maness will still serve as a Knight Foundation consultant.

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