Knight Blog

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

The Oakland Tribune: Losing more than a newspaper

Aug. 25, 2011, 3:36 p.m., Posted by Eric Newton

Starting Nov. 2, the newspaper I once edited, the Oakland Tribune, will be officially dead, its remains combined with several other papers under the name East Bay Tribune. This may make Oakland the largest city in the United States without a daily newspaper all its own. But what does that mean?

As the managing editor in 1991 of the Tribune owned by Bob and Nancy Maynard, I ran a newsroom with 130 full-time professional journalists. Attrition over the decades has left today’s Tribune with just a dozen reporters. That’s less than 10 percent of the staff we had. As the FCC’s Steve Waldman reports in Information Needs of Communities, the biggest impact of this shrinkage is a shortage in something called “local accountability journalism.”

Here’s just one example of why journalism matters and what Oakland has really lost:

Twenty years ago, 10,000 people fled for their lives when a 2,000-degree inferno raged over three square miles in the city, killing 25 people and gutting more than 3,000 homes – the most destructive wildfire in state history. During the first week

Ushahidi blogs live from the .ke Evaluation Launch

Aug. 25, 2011, 2:18 p.m., Posted by Andries Vaisman


Tech enthusiasts and local hackers in Nairobi, Kenya are building educational tools to help community users shape and learn more about Ushahidi's .ke Evaluation findings.  The launch is part of a nine-month look into the impact of the organization's projects in Kenya since addressing post-election corruption almost four years ago.

To include the broader open-source community, the event is being blogged live through Scribble Live, Twitter and a livestreaming video.  Check out Ushahidi's official post about it below to find out more about what participants are saying:

Cross-posted from

The ihub in Nairobi, Kenya has been buzzing all morning with conversations about the Ushahidi .ke Evaluation launch.

We are honoured to have our local community and some guests like UNHCR and NetHope join us to talk about best practices and improvements for deployments and Ushahidi.

Here is our Ustream for the day: (recorded)

Video streaming by Ustream

Soul of the Community helps Akron put down roots, build careers and lives

Aug. 25, 2011, 12:10 p.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas

Knight Foundation held a very successful Community Engagement Workshop in Akron this week.

Drawing on his book, For the Love of Cities, and the Knight Foundation’s ground-breaking research project, the Soul of the Community, author Peter Kageyama led over 200 people in an interactive workshop to help Akron develop ideas toward becoming more lovable community where people want to put down roots and build careers and lives.