Posted by Fernando Gonzalez
At the “Stories From the Peace Corps” discussion at the University of Miami Wednesday, there were poignant moments and laughter; tales of mullahs and mud bricks in Iran; river merchants and a moustache in Venezuela and a birth in a village in Western Samoa. Together, they provided snapshots of ordinary ...
April 24, 2015, 11:02 a.m., Posted by Irving Washington
Irving Washington is deputy director of the Online News Association. This post is cross-published from the association’s website.
The best experiments start with an intriguing question. When we launched the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education last year, we hoped to spur a fresh, collaborative mindset around journalism education. Our experiment: Can we encourage more U.S. journalism schools to be thought leaders, innovators and change agents?
With our partners—the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation—we awarded $420,000 in grants to 12 schools that came up with original ideas on how to collaborate with local newsrooms on innovative projects.
It’s been an exciting journey to see these projects unfold. In the first year, our winners used new tools, relationships and processes to, just as a sampling, successfully cover the issues emerging from sea level rise; break investigative stories on the New York City Housing Authority and mold in tenements, and launch a student-run digital news portal in New Mexico. They’ve shared their learning along the way at venues across the country, including ONA14, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, AEJMC, Journalism/Interactive and the International Symposium on Online Journalism.
April 24, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Fernando Gonzalez
In his closing remarks at the eMerge Americas technology conference last year, keynote speaker Armando Christian Pérez, aka Pitbull, said, “Get ready for this thing to grow bigger.” It turns out he was right.
Funded in part by Knight Foundation, the inaugural eMerge Americas attracted more than 6,000 attendees and over 400 companies. A year later, the second eMerge Americas, scheduled for May 1 through 5 at Miami Beach Convention Center and other venues around South Florida, has grown bigger — organizers expect more than 10,000 attendees and “hundreds of top companies” — as well as deeper and broader. In addition, Knight Foundation has extended its support for three more years to the tune of $1.5 million and the list of speakers and participating countries has grown impressively.
The main events on this year’s agenda include a Startup Showcase, in which entrepreneurs compete for funding from well-known investors; Women, Innovation & Technology (WIT), a one-day summit showcasing top female professionals from different industries; eGov: Government Innovation Summit, which will feature government officials discussing the uses of innovative technology for sustainable development; and pavilions from different nations.
But perhaps the most dramatic development in eMarge’s rapid growth is the conference’s partnership with NBC Universal News Group and Telemundo. The on-air and digital powerhouses will cover the event live on several platforms, including leading shows such as “Fast Money,” with Melissa Lee, “Meet the Press,” with Chuck Todd, and “Enfoque,” with Jose Diaz-Balart.
April 24, 2015, 6 a.m., Posted by Susan Ruiz Patton
Over the past two months, the Akron League of Creative Interventionists has been celebrating culture, music, art and even time to connect local residents through creativity.
Participating in Big Love Fest was just one of the approaches the group used, which gave league members a chance to contribute through art and leadership within a zero waste framework.
Roughly 2,000 people attended the 12-hour event on Feb. 28, and when it was over, there wasn’t enough trash to fill a single trash bag. Megan Shane, one of many Akron League of Creative Interventionist members who made the event possible, said, “Everything else was recycled or composted.” Even the art was made from recycled materials.
Each month the league builds an event around a theme set by its founder, San-Francisco-based artist Hunter Franks. Knight Foundation provided more than $55,000 for Franks to create similar community connections in four Knight cities: Akron, Detroit, Philadelphia and Macon, Ga. February’s theme was Strength, and the league was one of the presenting organizations for Big Love.
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