Group gives $10M to improve digital literacy in NC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A foundation plans to spend $10 million to help improve digital literacy in North Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reported the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation said Sunday it will spend the money in the Charlotte area, with almost $6 million going to Queens University. The money will go to Queens' communications school to teach digital and media literacy.

Queens will name its communications school for James Knight, who with brother John started the media conglomerate that became Knight Ridder Inc. Knight Ridder owned The Charlotte Observer for decades, and James Knight was a former Observer publisher.

The foundation also will give up to $5 million over the next seven years to the Foundation for the Carolinas. The money will go to programs to encourage people to learn about and get involved in local issues.

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