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

Foundations that focus on a place are eligible for the Knight Community Information Challenge

Jan. 25, 2012, 9:01 a.m., Posted by Michele McLellan

The 2011 Knight Community Information Challenge Winners

The Knight Community Information Challenge is open to all community foundations in North America. It is also open to geographically-oriented foundations that have a place-based focus similar to a community foundation.

That’s because place-based foundations are in the best position to meet the core needs of their communities, including critical news and information needs.

Knight Community Information Challenge - A way to promote community engagement with news, info

Jan. 23, 2012, 11:57 a.m., Posted by Michele McLellan

The Community Foundation of New Jersey, a 2011 Knight Community Information Challenge winner, on how it is meeting local information needs by investing in the nonprofit news site NJ Spotlight. 

The following is written by Michele McLellan and cross-posted from Knight Digital Media Center.

The Knight Community Information Challenge provides unique opportunities for community foundations and news innovators to partner in creating or improving projects that engage their communities in local news and information. Here are three things to consider if you have an idea for a challenge project:

Round V of the Community Information Challenge just opened, and applications will be accepted until Feb. 27.  (Disclosure: I am a Knight circuit rider and consultant to this initiative. I help foundations and partners hone their projects but have no role in assessing applications.)

Keep these points in mind:

Bringing opera to new audiences in Charlotte

Jan. 23, 2012, 8:55 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


Madama Butterfly. Photo Credit: Opera Omaha

Nearly 4,000 people will have a chance to enjoy their first-ever opera performance in Charlotte this week - for free.

In effort to bring opera to new audiences, last fall Knight Foundation announced it would reserve all the seats to Opera Carolina’s Jan. 28 performance of Madama Butterfly and distribute the tickets to members of the greater Charlotte community who had never before attended an opera.

Tickets were distributed earlier this month on a first-come, first-served basis to those that had registered online in December.

Due to an overwhelming response to the request for tickets, an extra free performance was added on Jan. 24 to accommodate more first-time opera-goers.