Knight Blog

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

You decide who should win $20,000 for their Miami arts project

Sept. 24, 2012, 10:31 a.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad Schimel


The 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Miami is bigger and better than ever with the addition of its first People’s Choice Award.

Knight Foundation has selected five local nominees from this year’s group of finalists – the rest is up to you. Vote for your favorite and the winner will receive $20,000 for their Miami art project. Click here to watch profiles of the five finalists, then text to vote for your favorite.

Voting runs Sept. 24-Oct. 22, 2012. The nominees are:

  • 6th Street Dance Studio: A nonprofit studio in Little Havana
  • Arts Garage: A cultural hub in Palm Beach
  • FUNDarte: A multidisciplinary nonprofit producing multicultural exhibits and performances
  • LAB Miami: A co-working space at the intersection of art and business
  • Urgent, Inc.: A 501(c) 3 working in part with the arts to revitalize urban communities

Vote today!


Knight's aspiration for Macon: hip, historic and prosperous

Sept. 21, 2012, 7:27 a.m., Posted by Beverly Blake

Today, Knight Foundation announced a $2,261,000 grant to Mercer University to continue the work of the College Hill Alliance. This follows Knight’s 2009 investment of $2 million that has been leveraged with $24 million of additional private and public funding to redevelop this Intown Macon neighborhood.


The results of the first three years of the College Hill Alliance’s work are impressive. In partnership with the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, managed by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, we’ve discovered what we intuitively always knew - that the answers to Macon’s challenges, and the key to our shared future, come from within our own community.

College Hill is more than a location - it’s a movement. And in addition to creating a sense of place, the thing that makes College Hill different from most neighborhood revitalization efforts is that it is nurturing new leaders at every level.  Developing what I call “everyday leaders”: young, not so young, new people to town, folks who have always been here but not had the opportunity to make a difference. Now they are. College Hill is creating a sense of belonging.

This next phase of the work over the next three years will continue to build out the Master Plan, but add a new component - prosperity development - through creating an Innovation Corridor and jobs that will attract and retain the best and brightest.  When the four Mercer University students first came up with the idea of College Hill  in 2006, one of their main goals was to create jobs that would allow college graduates to stay here. We know that since 1990, all net new job growth in America has come from firms that are five years old or less.  And in the last decade, the Macon area has lost 7,600 jobs - traditional 20th Century jobs that likely will not return.

Highlighting the 2%: the Knight News Challenge: Data finalists

Sept. 20, 2012, 1:52 p.m., Posted by John Bracken


This morning, we announced the winners of the Knight News Challenge: Data.

We’d also like to share the 15 finalists. While we weren’t able to fund all of them, we enjoyed getting to know more about the people and ideas behind them, and hope to see them come to life in the months ahead.

We've heard that it’s valuable for people to see the original applications for the projects that rose to the top, so gathered them them all in one place. If you want to learn more about each of the finalists and the winners, check out the links to each of their original submissions (an asterisk notes a News Challenge: Data winner). (*)
Joe Germuska, John Keefe, Ryan Pitts, Investigative Reporters & Editors

Community Health Analytics: Making Community Health Data Useful
Scott Lee, Harvard University

Computer Assisted Text Analysis for Journalism
Gary King, Harvard University

Data Toys
Heather Chaplin, Colleen Macklin, John Sharp, The New School

The Internet of News Things
Matt Waite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hyperaudio Pad
Mark Boas, Happyworm