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Career Beat: Tom Knudson joins Center for Investigative Reporting

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Tom Knudson is now a senior reporter at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously he was a staff writer at The Sacramento Bee. (Center for Investigative Reporting)
  • Mark Smith will be mobile web editor for The Washington Post. Previously, he was senior manager of social media marketing at USA Today. (Washington Post)
  • Brian Gross will be deputy design director at The Washington Post. Currently, he’s lead senior designer there. Emmet Smith will be lead senior designer at The Washington Post. Previously, he was a senior designer there. (Washington Post)
  • Julia Cheiffetz is now executive editor at Dey Street Books. Previously, she was editorial director at Amazon. (@rachelsklar)
  • Stephen Collinson is now a senior enterprise reporter for CNN’s digital politics.
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Knight Foundation announces new journalism division

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The Knight Foundation will split its journalism and media innovation division into two separate teams, adding a vice president for journalism, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.

Under the new structure, the media innovation division will administer programs such as the Knight News Challenge and the Knight Prototype Fund, John Bracken, vice president of the new media innovation division, said in a phone interview. The journalism division will focus on leading transformational change in newsrooms. The two divisions will divvy up the current combined grantmaking budget, though the specific breakdown hasn’t been determined yet. This budget varies from year to year depending on a variety of factors including the performance of the stock market.

Knight announced a slew of promotions in concert with the reorganization. Bracken was formerly director of media innovation.… Read more

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Knight Foundation announces winners of prototype grants

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A button that allows readers to “do public good,” a service that alerts readers to incorrect articles that have been shared on social media and a database that allows Massachusetts journalists to monitor court cases are among the projects that were awarded Prototype Fund grants, the Knight Foundation announced today.… Read more

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Knight gives $245,000 to Hampton University to foster newsroom diversity

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced Thursday that it’s giving $245,000 to The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. The money will start a Center for Digital Media Innovation at the Hampton, Virginia school and help introduce students at the historically black college to journalism, according to the press release.

“For Knight, support of Hampton University’s new Center for Digital Media Innovation is a way to promote newsroom diversity, which is important both for providing people with a full picture of news in their community and engaging people from a variety of backgrounds,” Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice president of journalism and media innovation, told Poynter in an email.

According to the press release, the new center will help students at Hampton University “explore new ways of gathering and distributing media content.”… Read more

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John Temple: Journalists shouldn’t ‘measure our success in wealth’

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In a video interview published Tuesday, John Temple spoke with Knight Fellowships Director Jim Bettinger at a recent event at Stanford University. Temple, who spent a year as managing editor of The Washington Post and was the founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, is currently a senior fellow at Stanford. Bettinger asked what journalists should learn, and what they should not learn, from Silicon Valley. Here’s some of what Temple said, with the full video below.

Should learn

“…A great sense of openness and optimism and the sense of possibility and a willingness to try and to learn by trying and by doing and a willingness to experiment.”

Should not learn

“Technology does not solve all problems.”… Read more

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Knight’s Prototype Fund fuels 17 projects

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On Tuesday, the Knight Foundation announced the funding of 17 projects through Prototype Fund grants, Chris Barr writes.

The Prototype Fund is designed to give people with great concepts for media and information projects grants of $35,000 and six months to take their idea all the way to demo with a class of others facing a similar challenge. What can you learn in six months? Quite a bit.

Projects in this round include Capitol Hound, “Offering the public a searchable database of the transcripts of North Carolina legislative sessions, including an audio archive and alert system for General Assembly sessions and committee meetings”; Minezy, “Creating a tool to help journalists more easily find information in email archives received through Freedom of Information Act requests by analyzing data and highlighting important social relationships, dates and topics”; and Tipsy, “Making it easier for content providers to generate revenue by developing a new way to fund news sites through micropayments from readers.”

For more information on each of the 17 projects, check out Knight’s announcement.… Read more

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ONA names winners of j-school Challenge Fund grants

Gun control, public housing conditions, rising sea levels and air quality are among the topics that 12 university journalism schools plan to tackle with micro-grants provided by the Challenge Fund.

Four foundations that sponsor the fund put out a call last October seeking project proposals from journalism programs that would promote innovation in community news coverage and experimentation in digital technology.

The Online News Association, which administers the grants, announced the winners Friday, along with descriptions of the projects as they might be distilled down to a tweet:

  • Arizona State University: “Public engagement tools can influence coverage and change the conversation – even on an issue as contentious as guns.”
  • CUNY Graduate School of Journalism: “.@cunyjschool & @NYDailyNews crowdsource mold scourge in public housing to bring action/#accountability”
  • Florida International University: “Always live hyperlocal sea level rise news and mobile info.
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in downtown Detroit, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit news outlets join forces in reporting from the grass roots

A long worn-out joke about Detroit goes something like this: “The last one out of the city, please turn off the lights.”

It’s a tired jab at a city that has taken more than its share of punches for its seemingly intractable financial troubles — not least of all from the Detroit press. But now the local media has stopped to take a closer look at the damage and the recovery as the Motor City teaches itself to fight again.

Several news organizations based in and around Detroit have formed the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, a project sponsored by the San Francisco-based Renaissance Journalism organization with $500,000 in funding from the Knight Foundation and Ford Foundation.

The purpose of the year-long program is to report on the troubled city from a grass-roots perspective with the news organizations sharing their content, a collaboration that’s rare in a news environment as competitive as Detroit’s.… Read more

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Knight wants to help fix the Internet

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The first Knight News Challenge of the year asks: “How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?”

Knight, with help from the Ford Foundation and Mozilla, is offering $2.75 million for the winning ideas. The challenge aims “to attract a broad range of innovative ideas from journalism, policy, research and education.”

The challenge comes just after Verge Managing Editor Nilay Patel wrote a much-passed-around essay called “The Internet Is Fucked (But We Can Fix It).” Its thesis: “the internet is a utility, there is zero meaningful competition to provide that utility to Americans, all internet providers should be treated equally, and the FCC is doing a miserably ineffective job.”

Patel is skeptical that the market can address these problems on its own, because of lack of competition among Internet providers.… Read more

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Journalism education site hopes to become hub for ‘solutions journalism’

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PBS’ MediaShift launched a site focused on journalism education Wednesday. EducationShift hopes to become “the central hub for journalism educators, students and professionals to find resources, tools and support for transforming their work,” University of Wisconsin professor Katy Culver writes in an introductory post. Culver, who has taught and written for Poynter, is EducationShift’s curator.

EducationShift went live with a collection of articles that suggest its focus will indeed be on “solutions journalism,” as Culver puts it: Sue Robinson on “Creating a Social Media Class Out of Nothing“; Erica Salkin on how student journalists can avoid legal scuffles; Irving Washington on how to win a challenge grant for journalism education. The effort is funded by Knight and its “charter sponsor” is Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.… Read more

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