Knight Blog

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

Helping Detroit's creative entrepreneurs engage local supporters

May 15, 2012, 9:12 a.m., Posted by Rishi Jaitly

In recent years, we've seen how sites like and Kickstarter have allowed people around the globe to give life to creative and personal pursuits, fueling our ability to support one another. 

In Detroit, we've been making the global truly local - by using the web to engage local supporters in the success of our growing movement of young, civic-minded entrepreneurs.  Kiva DetroitDetroit4DetroitHatch Detroit, and the Urban Innovation Exchange are just some examples.

Today, we’re delighted to announce another initiative harnessing the power of the web: Design in Detroit.


Blake: How the arts can build community in Macon

May 14, 2012, 10:59 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Recently at the annual meeting of the Georgia Arts Network in Macon, a Random Act of Culture surprised the National Endowment for the Arts' Chairman Rocco Landesman and the 200 people gathered to hear his remarks.

Above,  Chuck Leavell, the musical director and keyboard player for the Rolling Stones (and a tree farmer and environmentalist to those who know him best in Macon), performed "Georgia on my Mind" for the crowd.

Beverly Blake, program director/Macon at Knight Foundation wrote a piece published yesterday in The Telegraph about the day and the chairman's visit titled "Hidden in Plain Sight."

Blake focused on the unique history of Macon, its vibrant arts scene and what she hopes the chairman’s visit will inspire the community to accomplish:

Student journalist in Ohio wins award for investigative reporting

May 14, 2012, 10:43 a.m., Posted by Michele McLellan


A student journalist with The News Outlet has won a top award for investigative reporting in Ohio.

The News Outlet is a two-time winner of the Knight Community Information Challenge. The project, based at Youngstown University, partners student journalists, who report important local stories, with established media organizations that publish them. It is also funded by the Raymond John Wean Foundation.

Christine Keeling won the Ohio Associated Press Best Investigative Reporting annual award on May 6.  Keeling won the award for her reporting on the troubled financial dealings of a local church that was holding a large tract of land needed for neighborhood revitalization.

The stories appeared in The Vindicator newspaper and news site. They included: “Influential church battles back taxes” and “Idora idleness frustrates residents.”