Knight Blog

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

An easy way to learn about the State of the News Media 2012

March 23, 2012, 7:50 a.m., Posted by Eric Newton

Two Knight partners are coming together in a webinar next week designed to get everyone on the same page with the State of the News Media 2012. It’s the latest Webinar from Poynter's NewsU, and features Tom Rosenstiel, who founded and directs the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.


Tom Rosenstiel

The one-hour webinar, costing $10.95 and set for 2 p.m. EST Wednesday March 28, will cover journalism and the mobile market, changing audience habits and local TV news, newspaper pay models, Facebook’s impact on news, nonprofit news sites and more. You can sign up for State of the News Media 2012.

Knight investments co-founded and then helped expand NewsU as it has grown into the nation’s premiere online journalism training site, with more than 210,000 registered users.

Knight grantees keep publishing: Now, it’s ‘Gutenberg the Geek’

March 22, 2012, 12:45 p.m., Posted by Eric Newton


Those books by Knight grantees just keep on coming. The latest from Jeff Jarvis, entrepreneurial journalism guru who runs the Tow-Knight Center at the City University of New York, looks to be one of the best so far. It’s ‘Gutenberg the Geek,’ a Kindle Single – and it connects the media technology dots in a highly readable, relevant way.

The book’s been getting great reviews from all over - because it places Gutenberg in a modern frame as the Steve Jobs of his time. The inventor of movable metal type had trouble raising money and basically had to bootstrap the venture that ushered in the mass media age. It does remind you of Steve Wozniak and Jobs launching the digital age from their garage.


Bats and carbon footprints - how a community foundation is using info to bring people together around the environment

March 22, 2012, 10:54 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

This post is one of a series focused on how community foundations are investing in news and information projects to make an impact on issues they care about. The following video was filmed during Knight’s 2012 Media Learning Seminar, where five community foundations gave brief, TED-like talks on how the projects they launched are impacting their cities. Here, Clotilde Dedecker shares her experience with Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo.

The role of community foundations shouldn’t be limited to giving grants, says Clotilde Dedecker of the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo.

In the video above, Dedecker shares how her foundation has taken a leadership role in addressing public health and environmental issues in Western New York by investing in a news and information project: “We have found that as a community foundation we are most effective in improving the lives of our communities not by giving grants, but by co-creating structures that bring people and organizations together in new ways to drive change.”

She cited their website - which stands for Green Renaissance of Western New York. The site has united over 150 environmental nonprofits working on water, air and land issues in the community, connecting them to each other and to the general public, Dedecker said.

This year, Grow, with support from Knight, will increase its ability to engage low-income communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental contaminants. This includes building out a network that will let people text in environmental threats in their neighborhoods and map them on the site, in turn providing a record and opportunities to visualize the data. Dedecker hopes that this will provide a basis for future policy and advocacy work.