Senior advisor to the president of the Knight Foundation Eric Newton has received the Markoff Award for the Foundation’s support of investigative reporting.
The Knight Foundation has invested more than $100 million (£63.2m) in reporting technologies and techniques since 2007.
The award was presented on Saturday 14 April by Lowell Bergman, the former 60 Minutes investigative reporter who founded the University of California at Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Programme, Newton says on the Knight blog as he announces his win:
Knight Foundation has invested some $20 million in investigative reporting projects. They range from establishing an endowed chair, supporting professional and training organizations, establishment of university-based investigative reporting projects, funding for specific investigations and direct support for independent nonprofit investigative reporting newsrooms.
Knight’s most recent investigative reporting grant was announced last week – $800,000 to the Center for Investigative Reporting to work with the Investigative News Network to launch an investigative reporting channel on YouTube.
The Markoff Award is named after New York Times journalist John Markoff.