KnightBlog

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

  • Some alt text
    Arts

    A Day in a dancer's shoes

    Dec. 1, 2014, 6:38 a.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Melissa Anduiza, Charlotte Ballet dancer My day begins at 8 a.m. with a strong dosage of Cuban coffee and a loving greeting from my German shepherd/lab mix, Theodore. I bustle around the kitchen collecting my breakfast and lunch for the day. Breakfast varies between eggs, cereal or yogurt and...

    Read full article ›

  • Some alt text
    Journalism

    KCCI reporter uses Videolicious to help promote stories

    Dec. 1, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Matt Singer

    Original video on kcci.com.

    Matt Singer is CEO of Videolicious, a Knight Foundation investment through its venture capital initiative, the Knight Enterprise Fund. This is part two of five in a series exploring ways journalists are using Videolicious to enhance storytelling. Videolicious is available for iOS.

    In the fast-paced world of TV news, any number of technical challenges can arise as reporters produce video in the field and broadcast it from there. KCCI Digital Media Manager Jeremy Moser described a recent scenario in which, during coverage of a house fire, the station’s TV production truck developed technical issues. The reporter thought fast, and saved the day with video from his iPhone. Such challenges and solutions have led KCCI, based in Des Moines, Iowa, to embrace new ways to share breaking news stories—and to promote those stories to new audiences.

    Related Link 

    'Videolicious helps add depth to local reports at the San Francisco Chronicle' by Matt Singer on Knight Blog (11/25/2014)

    One example of a nimble approach to story promotion: For a report exploring why so many iconic bridges in downtown Des Moines have burned-out lighting systems, making them difficult to see at night, KCCI anchor-reporter Todd Magel created a quick teaser video on his iPhone. He then turned it into a fully edited story promotion, a “totally new” development that he’s since used on dozens of stories.

    Read full article ›

  • Some alt text
    Arts

    Author and professor Steven Shaviro on "The Universe of Things"

    Nov. 28, 2014, 8:57 a.m., Posted by rsharp

    Steven Shaviro is a one-man brain trust, currently holding a position at Wayne State University as he broadens his oeuvre of published work, most recently with The Universe of Things. He graced me with a little Q&A on the areas of his expertise, which I hope you enjoy as much...

    Read full article ›