Knight Blog

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Videolicious helps add depth to local reports at the San Francisco Chronicle

Nov. 25, 2014, 3 p.m., Posted by Matt Singer

Matt Singer is CEO of Videolicious, a Knight Foundation investment through its venture capital initiative, the Knight Enterprise Fund. This is part one of five in a series exploring ways journalists are using Videolicious to enhance storytelling. Videolicious is available for iOS.

At the San Francisco Chronicle, exciting developments are happening in video.

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“A lot of newspapers feel that video is the future, but I think it’s really the present,” says Chronicle news and sports producer Katie Dowd. “Video is so ubiquitous on the Internet; people really expect to see it, and for good reason. It adds so much more to the story.”

But not just any video will do, Dowd emphasizes. Local, exclusive video helps the Chronicle stand out. “Our ability to have reporters shoot video—that is, the only video of its kind that exists—has been a huge asset for us.”

A changing narrative in Macon, Ga., and cities everywhere

Nov. 25, 2014, 12:39 p.m., Posted by Mark Vanderhoek


Photo by Molly McWilliams Wilkins.

Mark Vanderhoek leads the Macon Chapter of the League of Creative Interventionists, which Knight Foundation supports to to promote community engagement.

In a world where we are bombarded with messages of scarcity - “while supplies last,” “I just don’t have the time” - we often fail to appreciate the abundance that surrounds us.

In many cities, scarcity is the prevailing view. Detractors and many times the residents themselves come to define their cities by what they lack: jobs, shrinking populations, blight, struggling schools. This was once the prevailing view in Macon. But I have witnessed firsthand how this view of a scarce world is a failure of vision, rather than the whole story, or even the biggest part of the story.

I cannot blame those who think this way. Our modern world is awash in this message of never enough. Our politics is dominated by messages of fear and division. But these are perspectives; they are not the truth.

It is certainly not the truth in Macon.

Smart Chicago Collaborative helps launch three civic innovation projects

Nov. 25, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Daniel X. O’Neil

Description: Relief at OpenGov Hack Night

Daniel X. O’Neil is executive director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a winner of the Knight Community Information Challenge and recipient of a grant from the Knight Prototype Fund. Below, he writes about the Civic Works Project, which is funded through the challenge and the Chicago Community Trust.

Over the past few months, the Smart Chicago Collaborative has launched (or helped others launch) three new projects as part of our CivicWorks Project. The CivicWorks Project is funded by Knight Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust to spur and support civic innovation in Chicago. Our goal is to create 200 pieces of content that explain civic data to regular people, five apps that solve government problems and five apps that solve community problems.

We are far surpassing these project goals, in large part because of the hard work and dedication of people who care about these issues already doing great work.

Smart Chicago consultant Christopher Whitaker manages this program. One of the reasons we’ve been able to succeed is because of his endless energy in finding and connecting with talented and dedicated people. Here’s an update on our work in Chicago.