Miami fellowships for Cuban journalists announced by Knight Foundation

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