Marc Fest is Vice President of Communications at Knight Foundation.
One of the questions in the article is what will happen to local news, as cities' newspapers keep failing? That question has prompted Knight Foundation's local news experiments for the past three years. In particular, we recognize that information is a core need of communities in a democracy. That's why Knight Foundation funds community experiments through the Knight News Challenge; community information sites through the Community Information Challenge; an examination of policy through the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy; and studies ways to bring about universal access in local communities through a digital access project.
In the article, Journalism Program director Gary Kebbel says the news business 'is in a difficult time period right now, between what was and what will be.' And that's why Knight Foundation funds community news experiments.