Knight Blog

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

Arts Journalism Challenge live chat archived and available online

July 28, 2011, 10:34 a.m., Posted by Andries Vaisman


In case you missed it, yesterday’s live chat for the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge has been archived and is available on

The conversation features Knight and NEA staff responses to questions applicants submitted about things like eligibility (anyone), and the purpose of the challenge: to seek new models for arts journalism in Knight’s eight resident communities.

We hope you’ll take a look, and learn more about how you can help rethink arts news and criticism for the 21st Century.  Applications are due by Aug 18th!

Storify wins Grand Prize for 2011 Knight-Batten Awards

July 27, 2011, 4:10 p.m., Posted by Andries Vaisman

Storify - social media storytelling #paleynext


Storify, an interactive platform that lets users drag and drop YouTube clips, Facebook posts, tweets and other Web content to frame dynamic journalistic stories, has been announced as the 2011 $10,000 Grand Prize winner of J-Lab’s Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.

"In Storify, we see a journalism tool that truly solves a newsroom problem and also inspires others to challenge the way they've been...

Live chat today: Arts Journalism Challenge

July 27, 2011, 11:05 a.m., Posted by Andries Vaisman


We're hosting an online live chat today to answer questions about the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, an eight-city contest that seeks new models for arts journalism.  Read more about it, and join the conversation at EDT 2 p.m. today at

Meanwhile, check out The NEA’s blog, where Juan Devis of KCET New Media talks about the importance of arts criticism in local journalism.

“Beyond writing a review and sharing an informed opinion, the art critic must become a context provider who creates stories that are not an end to themselves, but instead act as the seeds for engagement," writes Devis.

In today's world, cultural moderators can reach communities like never before.  It's exciting.  It's invigorating.  And we want to help you get in on it.   If you have ideas about shedding new light on what’s going on in the arts world around you, join us at