About Us

The Knight Center has offered online courses since 2003 and began to expand its distance learning program with the launch of its first MOOC in October 2012. Since then, the Center's MOOCs have reached more than 210,000 students from 200 countries and territories. Initially, the program was focused on online classes for small groups of journalists, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean. Eventually, the Knight Center began offering Massive Open Online Courses, developing the world’s first MOOC program specializing in journalism training. The MOOCs are free, and participants can receive a certificate of completion for a nominal fee. The Knight Center also holds more advanced online courses, at a low-cost, for smaller groups of students. We keep the fees as low as possible in an effort to make our courses available to as many people as possible.

Our courses cover a variety of topics, including digital journalism techniques, fact-checking and verification, computer-assisted reporting, data visualization, and more. Our MOOCs and courses for smaller groups last four to five weeks. They are conducted completely online and taught by some of the most respected, experienced journalists and journalism trainers in the world. The courses take full advantage of multimedia; they feature video lectures, discussion forums, audio slideshows, self-paced quizzes, and other collaborative learning technologies. Our expert instructors provide a quality learning experience for journalists seeking to improve their skills and citizens looking to become more engaged in journalism and democracy.

The courses are offered on the https://kccourses.org, our Moodle platform. They are asynchronous, so participants can log in on the days and times that are most convenient for them. Each course, however, is open just for a specific period of time and access to it is restricted to registered students.


Rosental Alves Featured
Rosental Alves, Director

The Knight Center team is led by Professor Rosental Calmon Alves, who holds the UNESCO Chair in Communication and the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Moody College of Communication’s School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Alves, a veteran Brazilian journalist, moved to Austin in 1996 as the inaugural holder of the Knight Chair. He is a former president of Orbicom, the global network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication. Professor Alves is the chair of the board of the Maria Moors Cabot Awards at Columbia University and a member of many international boards of organizations related to journalism, such as the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. His three areas of teaching and research are international news, especially the work of foreign correspondents in Latin America; Latin American journalism and press freedom; and digital journalism. He founded the Knight Center in 2002.

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Mallary Tenore, Associate Director

Mallary Tenore is the associate director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication. In this role she oversees the Center’s staff, programmatic work, events, fundraising, and more. She’s also a lecturer in UT’s School of Journalism, where she teaches introductory journalism courses for public relations majors. She was previously executive director of Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), a media nonprofit, where she created a reporting fellowship and oversaw event management, community engagement, partnerships, fundraising, and the organization’s website and social media presence. Prior to ivoh, Mallary was managing editor of The Poynter Institute’s world-renowned media news site, Poynter.org, where she edited and reported stories about the media industry. She also taught in Poynter seminars geared toward helping journalists use social media for journalistic purposes. In 2013, she was named one of the top 50 female innovators in digital journalism. In 2012, she was featured on a list of the top 100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow and was named a Mirror Award finalist for outstanding media reporting. Mallary’s articles and essays have been published in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Austin Moms Blog and more. Mallary holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and is pursuing a master’s of fine arts in nonfiction writing.

Filipa Rodrigues Featured
Filipa Rodrigues
Multimedia Producer and Distance Learning Coordinator
Ricardo Monteiro
Multimedia Producer
Song Han Featured
Songhee Han
Graduate Research Assistant
Liliana Valenzuela
Liliana Valenzuela
Online content coordinator
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Teresa Mioli
Administrative Program Coordinator