Tow-Knight fellows come from across the U.S. and around the world, representing a wide range of professional backgrounds and skills.
Some of our first 50 fellows have been print, digital, radio, or broadcast journalists. Other mid-career professionals have joined us with experience in business, technology, photography, and design. Tow-Knight fellows develop a broad array of entrepreneurial projects.
Thus far, the projects have ranged from niche sites, services and platforms in the U.S. to new news services in Egypt, India, and Nigeria. We are proud to see many of our fellows’ projects continuing to flourish. Our alumni are passionate about forging new media models and helping to reshape the future of journalism.
CLASS OF 2014
The 2014 fellows are focusing on a variety of exciting projects, including hyperlocal sites in Brooklyn and Newark, niche sports sites and an LGBTQ news portal. Other projects include a platform connecting writers and publishers and an initiative focused on internal innovation at a leading Japanese newspaper. This year’s fellows include rising stars from Argentina, Brazil, England, India, Japan, Germany and beyond. Meet the 2014 Fellows.
CLASS OF 2013
This cohort included a former editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News, an international development professional-turned-multimedia journalist, a nonprofit executive and a professional photographer. The 2013 alums run promising startups that include Ranjan Roy’s Informerly and Cara Eisenpress’ Big Girls, Small Kitchen. Stephanie Lowe’s Feetprints app raised $16,000 on Kickstarter, and Elbert Chu’s WiredAcademic covers digital innovations in education. Meet the 2013 Fellows.
CLASS OF 2012
The second class of Tow-Knight fellows included 16 professionals from across the U.S. and Egypt, Trinidad, England and India. Some have been hired in entrepreneurial roles in legacy media companies. Others are building new media ventures. Adda Birnir founded the popular Skillcrush.com. Noah Rosenberg’s Narrative.ly raised $54,000 through Kickstarter, has several solid revenue streams and was named one of the 50 best websites of 2013 by Time Magazine. Meet the 2012 Fellows.
CLASS OF 2011
The 2011 Tow-Knight fellows were the pilot class, with professionals from leading media organizations and backgrounds in print, multimedia, coding and business. The fellows came from Denmark, Cameroon, Brazil and elsewhere. Fellow Hong Qu, who had been on the founding team at YouTube, went on after his fellowship year to join the founding team at Upworthy and then founded Keepr, a new Twitter search tool. Meet the 2011 Fellows.
Tow-Knight Fellows’ Projects
Adda Birnir, founder of Skillcrush, has built a strong following for her tech-training newsletter and training site aimed at women. In addition to a growing list of paid customers, Adda has a refined marketing approach that has enabled her to build a sizable audience while keeping costs modest.
Narrative.ly is a platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories. In addition to earning mention in the Time Magazine best sites of 2013 list, it has developed several new exciting partnerships and cultivated several new revenue streams that have put the site on strong financial footing as it continues to grow.
When Ashley Milne-Tyte was reporting for a public radio business show, she became fascinated by the ways in which women are still subtly disadvantaged at work – and how they sabotage themselves. The Broad Experience offers perspectives on women, the workplace, and success, delivered with a sense of humor.
Big Girls, Small Kitchen has evolved into an award-winning site full of recipes and tips to make life more delicious for all cooks, whether their kitchens are large or small. The site has been nominated as Saveur’s Best Cooking Blog and been featured on the New York Times Diner’s Journal.
Mandara is an Online Local Media Portal in Upper Egypt that empowers marginalized local journalists to produce stories and investigative pieces. It offers journalists workshops and provides job opportunities by employing young local journalists to report on the issues in their neighborhoods.
Jeanne Pinder founded clearhealthcosts.com after volunteering for a buyout from The New York Times. Her company’s mission is to give people accurate, straight-forward information about a comprehensive range of health care costs. ClearHealthCosts.com has won $54,000 in grant money from various sources.