KNC Summer 2014 participants (Allon Bar, research coordinator and human rights specialist with Ranking Digital Rights, and Program Associate Priya Kumar, right) work on a storytelling exercise during Knight News Challenge: Summer. Photo by Michael Bolden.
Priya Kumar is a program associate with Ranking Digital Rights, a winner of the 2014 Knight News Challenge on strengthening the Internet.
With the help of its 2014 Knight News Challenge award, Ranking Digital Rights is about to get its first look at how well—or not—technology companies are respecting users’ rights to free expression and privacy. I work as a program associate with the project, but I might not have gotten here if it weren’t for a few nudges from Knight Foundation.
Knight’s work does big things – advancing the future of journalism, promoting civic innovation, and cultivating artistic development – to name just a few. But above all, Knight empowers people. Here’s one example of how a few simple actions Knight’s made a profound difference in my professional life.
Nearly two years ago, a graduate school classmate invited me to a “Pitchfest,” a mini Knight News Challenge-style event she organized for the students in her environmental journalism class. Teams of students pitched their ideas for new apps and tools to a panel of expert judges. One of the judges happened to be John Bracken, then Knight’s director of media innovation (and now vice president of that program).