Mozilla gets $2.5 million from Knight for news technology fellows

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is providing open-source software pioneer Mozilla a $2.5 million grant to place technologists in newsrooms. The 15 Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership Fellows will provide open-source solutions that news organizations can use for free to “demonstrate the value of open-web technologies and spur their adoption across the news industry,” the two said in a statement today (Feb. 7).

“Digital technology evolves daily, changing how people access and interact with the news,” said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation president. “Technology has changed what we demand from news and is even affecting journalistic values. Really successful technology companies are built to handle that. Most newsrooms aren’t. This program will help bridge the gap.”