We learned this morning that the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University selected Voice of San Diego editor Andrew Donohue to be one of its 20 fellows for the 2012-13 academic year.

The fellowship is built around fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in journalism.

“Each year, we give 20 outstanding individuals from around the world the resources to pursue and test their ideas for improving the quality of news and information reaching the public. We work closely with them, to help them make the most of the amazing creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that are synonymous with Stanford University and Silicon Valley,” according to the program’s website.

Donohue plans to create sustainable investigative news projects built around crowd-sourcing, transparency and narrative storytelling. He’ll also take classes at the university. The fellowship begins Sept. 1.

VOSD will spend the next few months crafting a new leadership structure for the organization. After Sept. 1, Donohue will leave his full-time position as editor and continue to advise VOSD in a contributing editor role on a contract basis.

I’ve collaborated closely with Donohue for many years, so the news is bittersweet. A big transition will occur but the fellowship is both a tremendous honor for Donohue and for Voice of San Diego.

While replacing him will be a challenge, he has institutionalized his passion for excellence and his judgment when it comes to news, values and ethics.

We have some time and a chance to build on the foundation of credibility he established. And he’ll remain in our circle as a writer, editor and advisor.

We’ll share more with you as we go about making these decisions and learn from Donohue’s experiences at Stanford.

I’m Scott Lewis, the CEO of Voice of San Diego. You can contact me or Andrew at scott.lewis@voiceofsandiego.org and andrew.donohue@voiceofsandiego.org.

 

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    Written by Scott Lewis

    I'm Scott Lewis, the editor in chief of Voice of San Diego. Please contact me if you'd like at scott.lewis@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0527 and follow me on Twitter (it's a blast!): @vosdscott.

    8 comments
    Scott Rights
    Scott Rights subscribermember

    Congratulations Andrew. What an exciting opportunity for you. The positive influence VOSD has had for San Diego can’t be overstated, and I’m hopeful that you’ll somehow remain active here. Even though the entire staff at VOSD is very talented, but you’ll be missed next year. It’s an exciting time to witness the changes to social media and journalism, and I look forward to seeing what your next chapter produces. Thank you!

    Scott Rights
    Scott Rights

    Congratulations Andrew. What an exciting opportunity for you. The positive influence VOSD has had for San Diego can’t be overstated, and I’m hopeful that you’ll somehow remain active here. Even though the entire staff at VOSD is very talented, but you’ll be missed next year. It’s an exciting time to witness the changes to social media and journalism, and I look forward to seeing what your next chapter produces. Thank you!

    Andy Carey
    Andy Carey subscriber

    Congratulations Andrew! This is great news and a wonderful tribute to the professionalism and brilliance you and the entire VOSD team bring to journalism. You are breaking new ground everyday and the world is watching, listening, and reading. It is an honor to share community space with you. Wishing you all great success as these amazing changes unfold and we all discover new and more challenging opportunities.

    Andy Carey
    Andy Carey

    Congratulations Andrew! This is great news and a wonderful tribute to the professionalism and brilliance you and the entire VOSD team bring to journalism. You are breaking new ground everyday and the world is watching, listening, and reading. It is an honor to share community space with you. Wishing you all great success as these amazing changes unfold and we all discover new and more challenging opportunities.

    Michael Russell
    Michael Russell subscriber

    And what is this "Narrative Storytelling" of which you speak? Sounds like a euphemism for "Subjective Reporting".

    philosopher3000
    philosopher3000

    And what is this "Narrative Storytelling" of which you speak? Sounds like a euphemism for "Subjective Reporting".

    Johnny Pappas
    Johnny Pappas subscribermember

    Congratulations to Andrew and to Voice of San Diego.

    Johnny Pappas
    Johnny Pappas

    Congratulations to Andrew and to Voice of San Diego.


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