Knight Blog

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

Jumo, Good Magazine join forces

Aug. 17, 2011, 9:33 a.m., Posted by Damian Thorman, J.D.

Knight is excited about the merger of Good and Jumo, announced today. The combined organizations have the potential to complement one another in terms of content and online engagement. We believe that GOOD’s content will strengthen Jumo’s online engagement platform, and help bring together more people working toward social change.

In just a short time, Jumo has amassed a community of activists and 15,000 non-profits and NGOs - many in communities where Knight invests. The Jumo team brings a deep understanding of emerging technologies and online social engagement. In its fifth year of operation, GOOD brings together more than 3 million people each month through its socially-driven content and web platform.

This is also a collaboration of teams led by two visionaries in the social sector. Over the past five years, Ben Goldhirsh has grown GOOD from a quarterly magazine to a thriving content platform and agency business. Chris Hughes, a Facebook co-founder, founded Jumo in early 2010. Since then, the Jumo platform has helped over a million people find and connect with non-profits in their communities and around the world.


Knight Foundation initially funded Jumo through our Technology for Engagement initiative because we saw it as a unique way to use social media to help people take action.  Now, we look forward to seeing how Jumo and Good will work together to connect socially engaged people with a community of like-minded individuals, a network of mission-driven organizations, and most importantly, meaningful opportunities to get involved. 


Creed C. Black, 1925-2011

Aug. 16, 2011, 11:43 a.m., Posted by Alberto Ibargüen

Creed Black, editor and newspaper publisher and the former president of Knight Foundation, has passed away. He was a courageous journalist who will be remembered at Knight Foundation as a leader, in the field of intercollegiate athletics as a visionary and in our hearts as a great friend.

Video stories and symposium explore local information needs

Aug. 15, 2011, 11:04 a.m., Posted by Emily Mirengoff


What do a high school student from San Francisco, a New Hampshire state legislator, and an undocumented artist from San Jose have in common? They all discovered serious information shortages in their communities and worked to improve local information flow. They are also all a part of Ohio State University’s Knight-sponsored project, Information Stories.

This site contains a dozen video stories, each of which documents an individual’s struggle to increase information access and civic engagement in his or her community. The videos, compiled by Professor Shane and his colleague Liv Gjestvang, feature a diverse group of speakers from all over the country who champion a large range of causes. In one video, a community organizer describes her decades-long battle to bring media attention to asbestos-related disease in her town; in another, the Executive Director of Native Public Media discusses the importance of bringing universal broadband access to the Native American community. Taken together, the videos demonstrate the importance—and power—of local information, whether...