Knight Blog

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

New site amplifies role of young people to create positive social change

Feb. 16, 2012, 10:43 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller



Today, a new website is launching to provide a common platform for youth to share, learn and amplify the role of young people in creating positive social change. features a map to display events, organizations and projects across global issues areas allowing young people to discover more about the opportunities to get involved in their own communities or about global developments across the issues that matter to them.

The knowledge hub collects information tool kits and best practices to allow new projects to benefit from the successes and lessons learned from previous efforts of youth organizers.  

The new site will also help organizations effectively share information about their projects, to promote projects and initiatives collaboratively, and to help track and celebrate the collective progress being made worldwide to tackle the world's most challenging issues.

Using online forums to boost deep dish pizza sales - and engage people least likely to participate online

Feb. 16, 2012, 9:09 a.m., Posted by Minnesota E-Democracy.Org

By Steven Clift, founder and executive director of

Do you have a “go to” place online where you connect with your neighbors?  A place where you can get to know people who live near you with incredibly different backgrounds, cultures and interests?

Isn’t it awesome? I think so.

In my own neighborhood of Standish and Ericsson in Minneapolis, I am digitally surrounded by almost 1,000 of my neighbors - about 20% of the households in my area - on a public online “neighbors forum.”

In just the last few weeks, we sent deep dish pizza sales through the roof at a new pizza delivery place struggling to get established, generated local elected officials’ help to take on the FAA over surprise airplane route changes rattling windows, directed neighbors to local Girl Scouts for cookies, and helped a mom find out how to request a new stop sign at a dangerous intersection after she posted saying, “I want my children alive.” Last fall when I started a topic about what are we thankful for, a Dakota neighbor spoke of traditional Native American sites walking distance from all of us.

Media books in a networked, digital journalism universe, Part 3

Feb. 15, 2012, 11:27 a.m., Posted by Eric Newton


Jeff Jarvis, along with students and faculty at the opening of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism in New York City.

Over the past week, I've written about the steady stream of books written by Knight journalism and media innovation partners. Here’s the third and for the time being final batch of highlights:

·       Jeff Jarvis chronicles in Public Parts how sharing in the digital age improves the way we work and live.  Says the USA TODAY review: “Jarvis offers a persuasive and personal look at why sharing things publicly on the Web should become the norm. It makes us better and makes the Web more usable, he argues.”

Jarvis directs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, where the nation’s first master’s degree in entrepreneurial journalism is offered.