Knight Blog

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

NJ Spotlight wins 2011 general excellence award at the 2011 Online Journalism Conference

Sept. 29, 2011, 8:37 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

NJ Spotlight, an online investigative news service focused on state policy issues in New Jersey, was recently honored with an award for General Excellence in Online Journalism at the 2011 Online Journalism Conference in Boston, Mass.

The full list of 2011 Online Journalism Award winners are available online.

The conference is held by the Online News Association, the world’s largest association of online journalists whose mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public.

Earlier this month, Knight Foundation profiled how the Community Foundation of New Jersey exhibited leadership by partnering with NJ Spotlight to help ensure residents had information on statewide issues. The community foundation won matching funding from Knight to support the site through the Knight Community Information Challenge.

ABIA awarded $500,000 Federal Community Transformation Grant

Sept. 28, 2011, 6:05 p.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas


Yesterday, the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and partners received a $500,000 award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) to fund the Accountable Care Community (ACC) initiative, a collective effort aiming to create a healthier community and lessen the burden of disease in the Akron region. The initiative involves more than 60 local organizations  and Akron’s plan will become national model for improving health. This grant is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Transformation Grants to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.

Digital leaders explore frontiers of engagement at Web of Change

Sept. 28, 2011, 12:35 p.m., Posted by Charles Tsai

Every year, more than 100 leaders and thinkers in online engagement gather at a remote retreat center on Cortes Island in British Columbia to share strategies on how to use technology to improve the world. 

Web of Change Photo by Christina M. Samala

Called Web of Change, this years’ event included Knight grantees The UpTakeFree Press and SoChange as well as other activists, community organizers, web developers and non-profit leaders from groups such as Color of Changepresente.org, and New Organizing Institute.

From this group of digital leaders working on advocacy, organizing and movement building, we wanted to know how they try to engage more people in creating change and where they saw the future of engagement headed. This video shares some of their perspectives.

In short, while online petitions, social media and other digital tools figure prominently in the attendees' work, the conversations also explored aspects of engagement that technology can't easily solve.

Successful engagement, even in today's digital landscape, requires deep relationships, good listening, attention to individual needs and a patience for the right type of outcomes.