May 28, 2015

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships

Jim Bettinger, the director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University, is leaving the program at the end of the upcoming academic year, he announced in an open letter Thursday.

In the letter, he said that his next step will likely include independent entrepreneurial work:

I’m retiring from this job — but not from journalism. I’ve worked in journalism institutions and organizations for nearly 50 years — 20 years with the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the San Jose Mercury News, and 26 with this program. Now I want to work more independently and entrepreneurially. I intend to use what I’ve learned at JSK, and before that in daily newspapers, to help others. I’ll be eager to learn some new dance steps. Stay tuned.

Bettinger has been the director of the fellowships program since 2000, according to his bio on the fellowships website. Before that, he was deputy director of the program and a journalist at daily newspapers for two decades.

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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