Knight Blog

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

Knight Circuit Riders can help you refine your KCIC idea

Feb. 10, 2012, 8:54 a.m., Posted by Michele McLellan


Photo Credit: Noah Berger

Thinking about applying to the Knight Community Information Challenge? Circuit riders may be able to help you and your foundatoin refine ideas or anticipate and surmount potential challenges.

Circuit riders have expertise in a variety of areas, including project development, journalism, social media and digital technology.

They are Knight Foundation contractors who can help you:

-       Brainstorm your foundation’s idea for a community news or information project;

-       Understand possible technology options for your project;

-       Find out about projects that are similar to what you are proposing.

Announcing the Knight News Challenge: Networks

Feb. 9, 2012, 12:29 p.m., Posted by John Bracken

Note: To apply for the News Challenge, and read our FAQ, visit

Our first News Challenge, on networks, will open for applications on Feb. 27 and close on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. We will launch a second contest later in the spring as an open competition, looking for new ideas broadly. A third contest will be devoted to a topic to be determined later. Each will last 8 to 10 weeks, beginning to end, as we try to bring our work closer to Internet speed. First-round winners will be announced in June.

For this year’s first Knight News Challenge, we intend to harness the momentum from people thinking about and building networks. In the course of our work, we often come across proposals to “build a Facebook that connects X and Y.” We want to move away from that. There are a lot of vibrant networks and platforms, on- and off-line, that can be used to connect us with the news and information we need to make decisions about our lives. This challenge will not fund new networks. Rather, we’re asking you to describe ways you might use existing platforms to drive innovation in media and journalism.

Health news service goes mobile, increasing availability of information

Feb. 8, 2012, 10 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

As economic troubles continue, nearly half of people surveyed say they are scrimping on health care, according to the Consumer Reports National Research Center. Good information is key to making choices about where to save.

In order to increase the availability of that information, the Center for Advancing Health is taking its news service mobile.

With $150,000 in support from Knight Foundation, the center’s Health Behavior News Service will digitize its news for mobile access and revamp its website.

The health news service creates news stories on the latest findings from peer-reviewed research journals and disseminates them worldwide to subscribed journalists.