Knight Blog

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

Charlotte, N.C., riding forward into a bike-friendly future

Nov. 21, 2014, 10 a.m., Posted by Susan Patterson


Photo by Flickr user Tyler LaCross

What does Charlotte need to become a more bike-friendly city?

  • Events to let people experience the joy of cycling;
  • A clearinghouse for easy, safe routes;
  • Better signage identifying bike routes;
  • More bike safety information included in driver’s license testing;
  • A central cycling hub where bike commuters can grab a shower and store their bikes during work hours;

Initiative connects journalists and filmmakers to enrich storytelling

Nov. 20, 2014, 1:15 p.m., Posted by Jess Search

Jess Search is CEO of the BRITDOC Foundation, which Knight Foundation supports to promote excellence in journalism.

A few years ago here at the BRITDOC Foundation we began noticing the deepening relationship between journalism and documentary. It felt like a lot of long-form stories that used to be covered elsewhere were moving to documentary and that many younger people who would once have trained as journalists were more interested in making films.

WeXchange returns to Miami to promote women’s high-growth entrepreneurship

Nov. 20, 2014, 11:28 a.m., Posted by Susana Garcia-Robles


WeXchange 2013 drew women from across Latin America and the Caribbean to Miami to network and pitch to potential investors.

WeXchange is a forum organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. It offers women entrepreneurs who operate in Latin America and the Caribbean opportunities to network with mentors, investors and each other. The second annual WeXchange forum, powered by Demand Solutions, will be held in Miami Dec. 11-12. Knight Foundation is among the event’s sponsors. Susana Garcia-Robles is principal investment officer in charge of the the Multilateral Investment Fund’s early-stage equity group.

So much of the “conventional wisdom” about women entrepreneurs is just not true. Women do have a tolerance for risk. Women are highly motivated to start their own businesses. Women are starting businesses in high-tech fields. Women’s businesses are just as successful as men’s—under comparable conditions.