Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight President Alberto Ibarügen Addresses Economic Outlook

Dec. 30, 2008, 12:33 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibarügen addresses the economic outlook in a video (here's the transcript): Some key points are listed below the video.

First, let me repeat what we've discussed with many of you individually: while we have taken our losses, the foundation remains quite strong.

I'm especially pleased to be able to assure you that Knight Foundation will honor all existing pledges and grants. We foresee no liquidity issues for the Foundation.

We've been well served by a long-standing policy of asset diversification, directed by an outstanding Investment Committee and our outside investment manager.

And we expect to be well positioned when the markets recover.

Thoughts? Other things you would like answered? Let us know in the comments.

Four Online Community News Sites Expand Coverage

Dec. 17, 2008, 12:43 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

From the press release:

Four online community news sites will expand their local reporting staffs and bring their communities more content, with a combined $390,000 investment from Knight. The grants aim to help the non-profit sites draw a larger audience by providing more local news, a key to their long-term viability.


The four recipients are:

* MinnPost, which provides news and analysis, including video and audio, from experienced journalists primarily in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
*, the only professionally-staffed, nonprofit online news site in California.
* Chi-town Daily News, which uses citizen journalists and staff reporters to cover Chicago's 75 neighborhoods.
* St. Louis Beacon, which emphasizes local news on its site founded by veteran journalists, and partners with its local public TV station.


Today on Knight Pulse, Scott Lewis of talks about impact and online journalism:

What do you think about these models of online community news?
What does the future of online journalism look like to you?

Happy 6th Birthday, Creative Commons

Dec. 16, 2008, 7:09 a.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

From our new community site, Knight Pulse: How can licensing give creators control over use of their work?

Eric Steuer, Creative Director of Creative Commons tell us how cc licenses empower creators and shares what's next for the organization. Find more at the Creative Commons blog, wiki, and projects page. (Many Knight projects use CC licenses; all projects in Knight News Challenge are open source.)

Happy 6th Birthday, Creative Commons!

Follow @knightfdn on Twitter

Dec. 11, 2008, 7:09 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Another way to find out what Knight is working on and thinking about: follow our Twitter feed for Knight Foundation and the Twitter for our new community site, Knight Pulse.

Below, a screenshot of recent tweets (the parlance for Twitter updates); today, a link to Knight Stanford Fellow Andrew Haeg's (@andrewhaeg) Twitter group, Change Journalism.

Twitter: @knightfdn updates this week

Some other journalism Twitter feeds that @knightfdn has linked to lately:

CUNY Journalism School
The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Knight Digital Media Center
Your favorite Twitterers? Help us make a Twitter list in the comments.

Global Forum for Media Development Begins Today in Athens

Dec. 8, 2008, 12:54 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Today, the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), funded in part by Knight, begins four days of meetings in Athens with 400 representatives from 100 countries to discuss the importance of media development to economic prosperity.

"The GFMD aims to promote co-operation within the media development sector, to strengthen the quality of planning, evaluation and work carried out, and to enhance the impact of media development." (link)

You can watch the live webcast during sessions, read the live blog posts like this one from Persephone Miel, and follow the #GFMD08 tweets on Twitter, a micro-blogging service.

Knight News Challenge winner Guy Berger (project: The News is Coming) is attending the conference, and a few hours ago he Twittered a resource (the mediaME wiki) for sharing tools:

Twitter: @guyberger #gfmd08 mediaME is a wiki ...
What would you like to see the GFMD discuss?

Bilingual Online Magazine Expands to Train Latino El Paso Journalists

Dec. 5, 2008, 12:50 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation - Fall 2008 (new Knight grant announced Dec 5 2008)

From today's press release:

Directed by Zita Arocha, Borderzine began as an El Paso student publication at the University in 2007. Now with its national reach, the online magazine will expand to develop a pipeline of student contributors from other universities that serve large Hispanic communities. Imperial Valley College in Southern California, which has an 80 percent Hispanic student body, is Borderzine's first official partner.

The magazine will focus on issues affecting border communities, be they geographical or cultural.

What would you like to see these student contributors research?


Knight Arts Partnership Announces 2008 Winners

Dec. 2, 2008, 2:06 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Last night, thirty-one South Florida art projects were awarded grants in the first year of the Knight Arts Partnership, a $40 million effort to bring South Floridians together through the arts. Winning projects include a two-year residency program for up-and-coming artists, a Little League-like network of children's choirs, and giant, inflatable sculptures in Bayfront Park.

Onaj'd' Shabaka of Miami Art Exchange and artist Daniel Arsham were in attendance and offered their thoughts on the current Miami art scene:

Watch video of Miami Program Director Lorenzo Lebrija as well as videos of the winners and details for each grant on the Knight Arts site and in the press release.

How the Stanford Knight Fellowships Will Change in the Coming Year

Dec. 2, 2008, 1:01 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

From our new community site Knight Pulse, a conversation with Stanford Knight Fellows Director Jim Bettinger on the program changes ahead:

Do you have a particular journalistic challenge, problem, or issue that you would like to spend a year working through to benefit everyone?

For more information and how to apply, read this post on Jim's new Knightline blog.

Questions on the new program direction or thoughts on other ways journalism fellowships could adapt to the new media landscape?
More video conversations on the Knight Pulse blog.

World Aids Day 2008

Dec. 1, 2008, 1:06 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

David Sasaki of Rising Voices, a Knight News Challenge 2007 winner, has posted a new video with bloggers Thandanani, Sinempilo, and Zwelithini from the Rising Voices project in Kwa Mashu, the largest of Durban, South Africa's three townships.

David writes:

Much of the conversation [is] Thandanani explaining why he didn't want to know his HIV status and Sinempilo and Zwelithini trying to convince him that he should get tested. Enjoy the conversation:

Rising Voices is part of Global Voices, a global network of bloggers, and the larger site has a special coverage page and the below Global Voices Google map of HIV-positive bloggers from GV staff Juhie and Solana.

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Also, David also points us to this Wednesday's live chat with Serina and Daudi "about how citizen media can be used to supplement and improve the mainstream media's coverage of the AIDS epidemic. Details on how to participate in the chat are on Serina’s blog."