Knight Blog

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

Atlanta Journal-Constitution engages readers with Videolicious reports

Dec. 22, 2014, 11 a.m., Posted by Matt Singer

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Matt Singer is CEO of Videolicious, a Knight Foundation investment through its venture capital initiative, the Knight Enterprise Fund. This is part five of five in a series exploring ways journalists are using Videolicious to enhance storytelling. Videolicious is available for iOS.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is ramping up its video creation, with a clear mandate from its audience.

AJC Senior Editor of Visuals Sandra Brown explains that the paper’s recent expansion of video reporting is a result of listening to what the audience wants—and delivering it. With video the paper can “tell stories and engage readers,” says Brown, especially given the growth of its audience online and on mobile devices.

The AJC takes video creation seriously; reporters are evaluated on how well they incorporate video into their reporting, and the paper supports this expectation with significant video creation training. Reporters are also supplied with automatic video editing software from Videolicious.

Foundation for the Carolinas to restore historic theater in Charlotte, N.C., as civic hub

Dec. 22, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Michael Marsicano and Curt Walton

The historic Carolina Theatre in Charlotte, N.C.

Michael Marsicano is president and CEO of Foundation for the Carolinas and Curt Walton is vice president, real estate and facilities management. The foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the nation, is restoring the historic Carolina Theatre in Charlotte, N.C., one of 26 Knight communities. 

The Carolina Theatre opened with great fanfare in 1927 in the heart of downtown Charlotte, N.C. (an area we now call “Uptown”). Originally a grand movie palace, the theater featured an eight-rank Wurlitzer organ and air conditioning, which few residents had ever experienced at the time.

For more than 50 years the theater served as a pivotal component of our urban and cultural fabric, hosting such talent as Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and, most famously, Elvis Presley.

Seraphic Fire and collaborations: Breathing new life into old tradition

Dec. 19, 2014, 9:19 a.m., Posted by Rhett Del Campo

The Sebastians and Seraphic Fire perform Vivaldi: Gloria” at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Photo courtesy Seraphic Fire. 

 Rhett Del Campo is managing director of Seraphic Fire, which Knight Foundation supports.

During the first week of December, a time that marks the start of endless Nutcrackers and Messiahs (rinse, repeat), I had the privilege of learning from both Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Albert Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation.  Although their appearances took place at different events, their messages – which emphasized collaboration – seemed purposely coordinated, and later, I found myself reflecting on a period of collaboration with my sister.