Knight Blog

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

Miami International Film Festival competitions showcase diverse themes, talents

March 5, 2015, 12:54 p.m., Posted by Fernando González

Film still from 'Project of the Century,' one of 11 Knight Competition entries. Photo courtesy Miami International Film Festival.

The 32nd Miami International Film Festival, which begins Friday, not only boasts an impressive schedule that includes an Academy Award nominee (Argentina’s “Wild Tales,”), programs on Asian and French film, documentaries and emerging Cuban filmmakers, but also five awards, all with cash prizes.

Two are supported by Knight Foundation: the Knight Competition and the Knight Documentary Achievement Award. The first focuses on dramatic works and awards $40,000 in prizes for the Best Film, Best Director and Best Performance, chosen by a panel of jurors. Audience members get to select the documentary prize, which is open to all documentaries in the festival and  awards $10,000.

Four Knight Fellows on how community shapes creativity

March 5, 2015, 10:20 a.m., Posted by Sundance Institute

Knight Fellows Jen Mitlas, Aleandra Codina, Israel Vasquez and Erica Watson at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Photo by Ryan Kobane. 

Cross-posted with permission from Sundance Institute.

Sundance Institute annually selects up to four artists from the eight Knight resident communities to attend the Sundance Film Festival. These artists reflect Sundance Institute’s commitment to developing and nurturing the next generation of creative voices. Knight Fellows were in residence for five days during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where they participated in a specially curated program. Following the program, we asked each fellow a question about how their artistry is connected to their community:

How have you been—and continue to be—creatively inspired and influenced by your community?

Pew study: People care deeply about local news

March 5, 2015, midnight, Posted by Jonathan Sotsky

According to a report released today by Pew Research Center titled “Local News in a Digital Age,” nearly nine in 10 residents across three metro areas studied (Denver, Macon, Ga., and Sioux City, Iowa) follow local news closely. However, the supply of local news and how residents consume and engage with local news varies quite a bit between cities, which vary dramatically by population size and demographics.

The report marks the latest installment in a series of research Knight Foundation has funded with Pew exploring journalism and media in the digital age.  It is one of the deepest examinations performed to date of local media ecosystems, and the research provides themes to extrapolate from when considering the evolving state of news in cities across the country.

As we know from other research of the news industry, legacy media institutions, including local television stations and daily newspapers, have reduced their resources committed to covering local news over the past decade. This report found a richer network of local news providers exists in Denver compared to the two smaller markets. (According to Pew, the 2009 closing of The Rocky Mountain News “acted as a catalyst for numerous digital media startups”; over 140 news providers were identified in Denver compared to closer to 30 in the other two cities). In turn far fewer Denver residents rely on traditional media organizations for their local news. For example, only 23 percent of Denver residents often get news from The Denver Post compared to 40 percent of Sioux City residents who often get news from the Sioux City Journal.