Knight Blog

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

What open data can tell us about depression

Aug. 20, 2014, 10:30 a.m., Posted by Bob Filbin

Bob Filbin is the chief data scientist at Crisis Text Line, a winner of Knight News Challenge: Health.

Every day, thousands of teens face bullying, abuse and family conflicts. Many struggle with depression, self-harm or even thoughts of suicide. Launched in August 2013, Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 text support to teens nationwide. Since then, teens have exchanged over 3 million messages with trained specialists about the crises they face.

Crisis Text Line is the largest service for teens on the medium they use and trust the most: texting. Many teens who use Crisis Text Line are seeking crisis support for the first time. Others tell us they’ve tried other services that offer phone support or online chat, but they prefer texting. This means Crisis Text Line is collecting unprecedented data on the crises teens face.

One way Crisis Text Line uses its data is to help provide the best possible experience to teens who use our service. For example, we can see when teens struggle the most with anxiety (7 a.m. during the school week), and schedule specialists to help them accordingly. But we also recognize our data, in the hands of citizens and journalists, has the potential to prevent crises from happening. That’s why Crisis Text Line developed Crisis Trends. Using data from specialist reports, Crisis Trends empowers journalists, researchers and citizens to identify trends in how teens experience crises over time and by state.

‘Knight Cities' - A conversation with Gil Penalosa on building better communities

Aug. 20, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

Copenhagen regularly tops the list of the world’s best cities. It is celebrated for its culture of conviviality, elevated by the large number of people walking, biking and lingering in the city’s streets and public spaces.

ARTLAB J: It is my mission to make the individual think

Aug. 20, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Joori Jung

This month, five Detroit arts groups are vying for the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award, a $20,000 prize the winner can use for a project of their choice. The award is one of the ways Knight aims to bring attention to small arts organizations and their impact on the city. Here, has a quick word with  Joori Jung of nominee ARTLAB J, a troupe working to strengthen the city’s dance community. Vote for the museum by texting Detroit3 to 22333 and learn about the other nominees at

Q. What do you love most about your arts group?
A. ARTLAB J has an array of unique artists from various backgrounds whether it’s different dance styles, or the places that we come from. We gather together collectively with our different ideas and make them assemble right here in the City of Detroit whether it’s marketing, advertising, managing or dancing.

Q. What would you do with the $20,000 People’s Choice award?
A. ARTLAB J would further develop the organization in order to support the community and to support the local Detroit dancer. This is a community effort with the hopes of reaching also a national and international level.

ARTLAB J studio at Saint John and Saint Luke United Church of Christ.

Q. Three words or phrases your fans would use to describe your work?
A. Wholesome,  Energetic, Sprouting.

Q. Who, or what, inspires you as an artist?
A. Pina Bausch inspires me. Her choreography is not just dance and it’s fulfilling because I can feel the humanism from her choreography. She makes me think about my life and at the end she brings more topic to me.