Knight Blog

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

Miami Jazz Institute immerses students in America’s music

Nov. 26, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Mark Hart

Mark Hart is executive and artistic director of the Community Arts Program, a Knight Arts Challenge South Florida winner to create the Miami Jazz Institute.

Since its inception in the early 20th century, jazz has been a reflection of American culture and is widely considered the truly original American art form. Yet many graduate from high school with little knowledge of the historical importance and practical applications of jazz. The Community Arts Program (CAP), with its Miami Jazz Institute, stimulates children—of all ages, areas and schools—through the richness of jazz.

‘Knight Cities’: Alice Cabaret on innovating to improve neighborhoods

Nov. 26, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

Imagine a globally connected set of urban studios inviting citizens to work on their best ideas for regenerating disinvested neighborhoods.

That’s the ambitious vision of South African Alice Cabaret, founder and director of GRIND, the Global Regeneration Initiative for Neighbourhood Development. GRIND is headed to Detroit and other U.S. and European cities after making its debut in Johannesburg. Alice is also urban strategist for Propertuity, developers of Johannesburg’s most exciting new creative district, the Maboneng Precinct.

Alice is this week’s guest on “Knight Cities.” Listen to our conversation here. And sign up for the “Knight Cities” newsletter to get alerts as soon as new conversations are posted.

Look for new content posted every Wednesday here. You can follow us on Twitter at #KnightCities or @KnightFdn. And if you have ideas for people you’d like to hear more from, please email me.

Carol Coletta is vice president of community and national initiatives at Knight Foundation.

Videolicious helps add depth to local reports at the San Francisco Chronicle

Nov. 25, 2014, 3 p.m., Posted by Matt Singer

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

At the San Francisco Chronicle, exciting developments are happening in video.

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'Four tips to help journalists create more videos' by Matt Singer on Knight Blog

@Videolicious on Twitter

“A lot of newspapers feel that video is the future, but I think it’s really the present,” says Chronicle news and sports producer Katie Dowd. “Video is so ubiquitous on the Internet; people really expect to see it, and for good reason. It adds so much more to the story.”

But not just any video will do, Dowd emphasizes. Local, exclusive video helps the Chronicle stand out. “Our ability to have reporters shoot video—that is, the only video of its kind that exists—has been a huge asset for us.”