The John McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College joins with The Media Project, an international network of journalists and education projects.
The Media Project has built an extensive international network of journalists, editors, and media leaders. These men and women share a passion for excellence in journalism. Many of them also dedicate long hours mentoring the next generation of journalists in their home countries. They are committed to fair reporting even in hostile conditions. That mission will continue as the organization, renamed The Global Media Project, becomes part of the Institute.
The Institute is led by Paul Glader, award-winning former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal and associate professor of journalism at King’s. Glader said, “It’s heartening for us to maintain and serve this network of journalists around the world. Many of these talented journalists don’t have the luxuries of responsive governments, press freedoms, or training programs.”
The Institute is indebted to the labor and vision of The Media Project’s late Chief Executive Officer Arne Fjeldstad. A long-time journalist in Norway and Egypt, Fjeldstad led the Media Project for the past seven years. Under his leadership the network grew to include members in more than 70 countries. He organized regional seminars and training programs in 55 countries. Most recently, Fjeldstad, who died in November 2014, developed a leadership-training program for select journalists from around the world at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.
These activities will become part of the John McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College in New York City. The Global Media Project will expand its focus to include professional development and continuing education. The nine board members of The Media Project’s existing board will become members of the Institute’s 12-member advisory board: Reynaldo Aragon (Lima, Peru), Vishal Arora (Delhi, India), Jennifer Arul (Chennai, India), Emeke Izeze (Lagos, Nigeria), Markus Spieker (Berlin, Germany), Terry Mattingly (Glen Burnie, Maryland), Paul Marshall (Warrenton, Virginia), Jody Hassett Sanchez (Alexandria, Virginia) and Roberta Green Ahmanson (Irvine, California).
The Institute is named after legendary New York Times reporter John McCandlish Phillips, a friend and mentor to many journalists before his death in April 2013.
The Institute trains students for careers in media. Its professors teach journalism, supervise internships, and foster a community of quality reporting and writing. The Institute also hosts several events each year for journalists working in New York City and offers a select number of spots each semester for student journalists as part of the New York City Semester program, working at a local news outlet and taking classes at The King’s College.
The King’s College is an accredited, Christian liberal arts college aiming to educate the next generation of principled leaders.