Knight Foundation

Knight News Challenge is giving $3.2 million to data projects that take on community challenges

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced $3.2 million in funding to 17 projects for the Knight News Challenge on Data. According to a press release, the winners "reveal how people can use data to make important decisions about their lives and their communities." The winners highlight data as an essential element in addressing community challenges and opening … Read More

Knight is giving $1.3 million to help 3 legacy newsrooms 'speed up digital adoption'

Temple University’s School of Media and Communication will work with The Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Media Network and the Miami Herald as places to test mobile and digital practices aimed at legacy newsrooms. The project, called the Knight-Temple Table Stakes Project, was announced Monday and is funded by $1.3 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Read More

How 3 New Jersey newsrooms are turning to their readers for story ideas

(New Brunswick, New Jersey at night. Photo by razordu30/Flickr) Earlier this year, during a New Jersey summer that saw a particularly nasty heat wave, readers of a local news site in New Brunswick had a question: Why couldn't they find any public swimming pools in their community? Under normal circumstances, that question might have fallen by the wayside, filed … Read More

With money from Knight, the AP will create standards for data journalism

The Associated Press will receive $400,000 from the Knight Foundation, Knight announced Wednesday. The money will go toward spreading the use of data journalism and creating a set of standards that will be included in the 2017 AP Stylebook, according to a press release, "focusing on style, ethics and standards. Additionally, it will create an online portal where … Read More

ONA will expand its local chapters with $800,000 from Knight

The Online News Association’s local chapters will get the chance to spread and grow thanks to an $800,000 investment from the The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. ONA announced the news on Thursday at ONA’s annual conference. “Knight and ONA both strongly believe that local journalists and the connections they make can have a huge impact on improving … Read More

ProPublica receives $2.2 million from Knight Foundation to expand audience engagement efforts

The Knight Foundation announced Thursday that it would be providing ProPublica with $2.2 million in funding. The money will be aimed toward helping the investigative non-profit improve on an existing crowdsourcing platform, in addition to offering a two-week training program for journalists. ProPublica will offer training to 10 to 12 people through a two-week Knight-ProPublica Summer Institute next year. It … Read More

Guardian U.S. to launch mobile innovation lab

Guardian US plans to create an open innovation lab focused on mobile technology with $2.6 million from The Knight Foundation, the two organizations announced Monday morning. The lab represents an attempt to help publishers navigate the mobile-centric future of news as traffic from those devices continues to climb. From the announcement: With mobile audiences now accounting for over 50 percent … Read More

Millennials cite lack of local news as barrier to voting

Three-quarters of millennials interviewed for a new research report said lack of information about candidates for local office is among the biggest reasons they chose not to vote in local elections. The report, a collaboration between The Knight Foundation and Lake Research, seeks to explain why millennials — the generation spanning the early 80s to the late 90s — are less … Read More

Knight Foundation's Eric Newton headed for ASU

USA Today | Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Eric Newton will become innovation chief of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. USA TODAY's Rem Rieder reported the news on Tuesday. Eric Newton is leaving the Knight Foundation, where he … Read More

Knight Foundation finds a foothold in for-profit tech startups

You read here with some regularity about Knight Foundation grants and Knight-funded research projects. But in recent years without notice, the leader in journalism philanthropy also has established a modest beachhead in the for-profit world. The Knight Enterprise Fund, organizationally part of the unit that manages the foundation's $2.5 billion endowment, has a $10 million kitty and has made … Read More

Radiotopia, an early podcast network, is going strong and expanding

Reading headlines from the last year, it's tempting to imagine that podcasting suddenly emerged fully formed in the world of media. Within the last few months, entrepreneurs like Slate and "This American Life"'s Alex Blumberg both launched new companies that seek to capitalize on podcasting's popularity among listeners, and old stalwarts like NPR and Chicago Public … Read More

Knight Foundation reinvests in News University

Vicki Krueger is the Director of Interactive Learning and has been managing News University for 3 years and has been with the project for 10 years. Ten years ago, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation made an investment in e-learning at Poynter. Since then, News University has grown to more than 325,000 users in 200 countries and … Read More

Knight Foundation finds nonprofit sites' revenue rising but sustainability elusive

The Knight Foundation finds progress in the nonprofit news sector in its latest report, released today, with average revenues up 73 percent in two years at 20 outlets it has been tracking. "But the issues are not going away," Jon Sotsky, Knight's director for strategy and assessment, said in a phone interview. "They're still over dependent on foundation … Read More

As Sunshine Week dawns, journalists, advocates, call for transparency

Sunshine Week, an annual initiative promoting government transparency, starts Sunday. To mark the occasion, several journalists and media organizations have taken public stands in favor of better open records laws and more transparent government. Gary Pruitt, CEO of The Associated Press Pruitt released a statement Friday that condemned the government's lackadaisical responses to The AP's Freedom of … Read More

New newsroom training report shows gaps, some progress

For many journalists, this is the best of times for training. For others, it's a missed opportunity, according to a new Poynter report. The results of a new report “Constant Training: New Normal or Missed Opportunity?” were released today by The Poynter Institute and the Knight Foundation. Two-thirds of journalists report that they have received training the past … Read More