Rosental Alves

Founding Dir
Ut/Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

"Professor Rosental Calmon Alves was a pioneer of online journalism in his native Brazil where he had a 27-year career as a journalist and journalism educator before moving to the United States in 1996 as the first holder of the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the founding director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at UT Austin, an outreach program that helps thousands of journalists around the world with online training and report about issues related to press freedom, violence against journalists and the media industry in Latin America.
At the University of Texas at Austin, he has taught classes on international reporting, online journalism, entrepreneurial journalism and journalism in Latin America. In the 1997-98 academic year, he created a pioneer course on online journalism, the first class of its kind at the University of Texas.
Prof. Alves is also the creator and organizer of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual conference that, since 1999, attracts journalists, media executives and scholars from around the world.
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, created by Prof. Alves in 2002 thanks to a generous grant from Knight Foundation, is an outreach program dedicated to helping journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean to elevate the standards of journalism in their countries. The center has an innovative distance education program that trained 7,000 journalists with online courses in its first phase, from 2003 to 2012. In 2012, the Knight Center launched the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in the world for journalists. In five years, the MOOC program of the Knight Center reached 110,000 people from 171 countries.
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