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Former U-T Owners Donate To Fund Digital Media Program At SDSU

The company that just sold The San Diego Union-Tribune will fund a new digital media program at San Diego State University, it was announced today.

The $300,000 from Platinum Equity will help create the Platinum Project in Digital News Literacy, run by the School of Journalism & Media Studies.

"Digital media literacy is essential for college students -- and audiences in general -- to become intelligent consumers of online information, and, ultimately, informed citizens," said Diane Borden, the school's director.

"This generous gift from Platinum Equity will allow the School of Journalism & Media Studies to develop a curriculum that will help students think critically about the digital information they consume, as well as how to gauge the credibility of that information," Borden said.

The money will pay for graduate fellowships and fund an expansion of SDSU's Digital Media Certificate Program.

Platinum Equity purchased the newspaper from Copley Press in 2009 and closed its sale last month to a team led by developer Doug Manchester and radio station entrepreneur John Lynch.

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