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    PALEYIMPACT initiative spotlights what emerging tech innovations mean for journalism

    Aug. 29, 2016, 9 a.m., Posted by Louise Gormanly

    Flatiron School students showcase their digital innovation projects at A Wider Net: Inclusion & Innovation in Tech, Oct. 22, 2015 in New York. Photo courtesy of The Paley Center for Media.

    Louise Gormanly is the director of institutional giving and special initiatives at The Paley Center for Media. Today Knight Foundation is announcing $250,000 in new support for a thought leadership series hosted by the center.

    News and information are bringing the world ever closer together, but the means of communicating is growing increasingly more complex. Disruptive technologies are carving out new paths from content producers to users. But what does the proliferation of digital routes mean for the practice of journalism?

    In a series to be produced in 2016-2017, with the support of Knight Foundation, The Paley Center for Media will explore this question in depth. The series will be delivered under our PALEYIMPACT initiative. Its purpose is to ask—and answer: How do news, entertainment and documentary content, and digital distribution platforms, shape the current public discourse?   

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    27 civic leaders from Knight communities to visit Scandinavia on study tour

    Aug. 26, 2016, 2:15 p.m., Posted by Benjamin de la Peña

    Copenhagen, Denmark, during a 2015 Knight cities tour. Photo by Kyle Kutuchief.

    This October teams from nine Knight communities will join an annual study tour of Copenhagen, Denmark, supported by Knight Foundation. For five days, 27 civic leaders and innovators will visit the Danish capital, a city that consistently ranks in the top five of the most livable cities in the world.

    Study tour participants will experience how Copenhagen designs and programs its parks and other public spaces to attract residents and will explore how well the city accommodates both pedestrians and bicyclists.

    The study tour is an annual event organized by 8 80 Cities, a nonprofit that focuses on creating more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities.” Since 2014 more than 50 civic leaders from Knight communities have visited Copenhagen and Malmo, Sweden, through the program. Many participants have reported that that experience inspired specific changes in their home cities. 

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    Designing a better future: Detroit’s history as a center of design reinvigorates its renewal

    Aug. 25, 2016, 10:22 a.m., Posted by Amy Haimerl

    Art Deco design figures prominently in the skyline of downtown Detroit. Photo by Anthony Barchock.

    Detroit is the cradle of American design. 

    The region started as the place for cast iron stoves, railcars and bicycles at the turn of the 19th century, and then became the hotbed of the automobile, industrial design and midcentury modern furniture. That’s right: Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, designers of such icons as the Tulip Chair and molded plywood lounge chair, met at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the suburbs of Detroit.

    “This isn’t a backwater that we just decided to be a design capital,” said Olga Stella, executive director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), an accelerator and advocate for Detroit’s creative economy. “From the beginning, we’ve influenced the future choices of people around the world.”

    And design is about to influence the future of Detroit. 

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