Knight Blog

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

Diversity, connections help young professionals find their place in Miami

July 25, 2014, 4:06 p.m., Posted by Cody Johnson


Photo: Miami Program Director Matt Haggman introduces the Beacon Council of Miami-Dade panel discussion on local entrepreneurs at FIU. Photo: Cody Johnson.

A few months ago, the Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce set out to address a question Miami professionals continue to ask: Why should young people choose Miami as a place to live and work?

The Beacon Council hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday evening at the Florida International University Downtown campus to provide insight from Miami professionals as to why South Florida is ideal for young entrepreneurs. Knight Foundation Miami Program Director Matt Haggman moderated the panel.

The New Leaders Taskforce event was part of the Beacon Council’s ongoing OneCommunityOneGoal initiative to attract and retain talent as Miami recovers from the recession.

Miami Herald President and Publisher Alexandra Villoch delivered the keynote address before the discussion, highlighting key points for young professionals who are considering Miami as a place to call their home.

A student’s take on the teaching hospital model in journalism

July 25, 2014, 11:31 a.m., Posted by Nick Swyter

I enrolled at the University of Miami’s School of Communication to pursue my career goal: become a television news anchor. In August, I will begin my senior year and assume the role of station manager of the campus television station.

Do I feel like I am on track for my career goal? Yes.

Do I feel like I can get a news job after college? Yes.

Has my work as a student journalist made a difference to anybody? Probably not.

Why not? Too many journalism schools still treat a diploma as if it is the ticket to the “real world.” So much of the work that we, student journalists, produce exists to fill out a resume rather than inform communities. Most professors agree that up-to-date hands-on experience is best, but most schools haven’t blended that experience into their curriculum.

Teams from Knight communities to travel to Scandinavia on livable cities tour

July 25, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Carol Coletta


Photo: 26 percent of commutes in Copenhagen are by bicycle. Credit: Wikimedia.

Civic innovators from nine Knight communities will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, next month to study one of the world’s most livable cities.

Their journey began last month in Chicago at “The Doable City” forum, organized by 8-80 Cities and sponsored by Knight Foundation. Delegates from 19 Knight communities, large and small, participated in the forum. They came to learn the latest on how to make their cities comfortable for people ages 8 to 80, putting more emphasis on biking and walking, transit and improved public spaces.

Delegates heard a powerful lineup of speakers, including Jeff Risom of Gehl Architects, Mia Birk of ALTA Bike share and Charles Montgomery, author of “Happy City.” They also accompanied Dan Burden on a walking audit and had the chance to experience first-hand Millennium Park, the 606 trail and Chicago’s new bike infrastructure. Some even received a hardhat tour of the new Maggie Daley Park.