Knight Blog

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

Five answers with Matt Voigt, saambaa

Oct. 21, 2014, 8 p.m., Posted by Sean O'Leary

This article is cross-posted with permission from the Newspaper Association of America.

Five Answers is a weekly series that features a member of the newspaper industry answering five questions. If you'd like to participate, email

Matt Voigt is the Chief Instigator at saambaa, which is supported by the Knight Enterprise Fund. Saambaa enables newsrooms to publish local information and entertainment content on a branded mobile app that helps them generate revenue and connect with a younger audience. 

Matt presented at NAA mediaXchange in March during the inaugural Accelerator Pitch Program.

1) How do you read the newspaper - print, online and/or mobile? 
I haven't read a printed newspaper since March of 2009. I consume news 90% on mobile and 10% desktop. I can't share stories on print, and I share 20-30% of the stories I read with friends and family. I'm also always on the go, and it's kind of hard to fit a newspaper in my pocket. :) 

New events combine Miami’s love for sports with technology

Oct. 21, 2014, noon, Posted by Frank Haggar

The newest events on the Miami tech scene, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins and Tech Networking @ The Dolphins combine South Florida’s passion for sports with its rapidly growing tech scene. These sports-themed gatherings allow local software and IT enthusiasts access to insights from Dolphins IT staff and Sun Life Stadium facilities to learn, network and share ideas. They will also add another layer to Miami’s increasingly diverse idea ecosystem, allowing participants the chance to explore how technology can leverage and enhance Miami’s great love for sports.

The events are supported by Knight Foundation, as well as the Dolphins.

The first of these, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins will kick off this week on Oct. 25, bringing together sports, technology and entrepreneurship. Included in the program are tech meetups at Sun Life Stadium and professional training sessions on IT and coding. A teach-a-thon event will also introduce local high school students to HTML web design and game development, as a way to engage them in idea-building.

41 ideas advance in News Challenge: Libraries

Oct. 21, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Chris Barr

Last week 11 advisers helped us select a group of semifinalists for the Knight News Challenge: Libraries. Today, we are excited to announce that 41 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration. These semifinalists will have a week to fine tune their entries before we begin work with another set of advisers to choose the finalists.

We received 680 submissions to the challenge, which is focused on the question: how might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?

Having the opportunity to look at a multitude of ideas from the library community is immensely valuable to our work. It gives us the chance to understand the shared energy among those working to innovate in the field and the shifting role of libraries in the digital age. Here are some of the themes that emerged as we reviewed the 680 entries: