Knight Blog

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

Some tips on on applying for Knight News Challenge: Elections

March 5, 2015, 3:29 p.m., Posted by Lucas Hernandez

Photo by Flickr user notsosubtle.

The Knight News Challenge on Elections is open through March 19 for your ideas to better inform voters and increase civic participation. It’s your chance to share in more than $3 million.

Wednesday, we hosted our first virtual office hours. Below are seven of the most common questions we’ve received - and our answers. (You can also check out our FAQ and application tips) at

What do you mean by “innovation”?

We believe that innovation can come from anywhere: both new and established enterprises, the commercial and nonprofit sectors, as well as individuals. We look for ambition amid existing constraints. Whatever your idea, make sure it pushes boundaries to help people become better informed about the world around them.  And here are some thoughts from Knight President Alberto Ibargüen on the work we do.


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?