The Reese Felts Digital Newsroom and UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication received a $50,000 grant to fund a digital news service providing stories on the need for more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers in the U.S.
Carnegie Corp. of New York, an educational foundation, awarded reesenews and the school the grant to develop stories that spur the national conversation about the 100kin10 initiative. Susan King, the current dean of the school, was vice president for external affairs at Carnegie Corp. before coming to UNC.
The 100kin10 initiative, first announced at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting in 2011 by former President Bill Clinton, includes more than 100 organizations collaborating to get 100,000 new STEM teachers in the classroom over the next 10 years.
The Reese Felts Digital Newsroom will distribute its stories to the 100Kin10 members and other media organizations on various platforms, as well as provide audience research and analysis to identify content that best instigates conversation and action from viewers.
The Reese Felts Digital Newsroom is funded by a $4.1 million gift from UNC alumnus Reese Felts.
Student journalists interested in contributing to STEM coverage can apply to work here.