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    Join us for these upcoming October events in Miami

    Oct. 13, 2015, 9:12 a.m., Posted by Matt Haggman

    We have a terrific lineup of events set for this month in Miami that are supported by Knight Foundation. I want to especially highlight the Knight Cities Challenge information session happening this Wednesday Oct. 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College. The challenge is offering a share of $5 million for ideas to make Miami, and the 25 other cities where Knight invests more successful. Join us for food, drinks and to share your ideas and get tips on your application.

    October events include:

    •  Oct. 13: Join me as I moderate a lunchtime panel on Miami’s New Urban Mobility as part of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s ongoing Transforming Miami discussions series.

    • Oct. 13: Startup Grind Miami hosts Jose Rasco, managing director of STRAAT and founder of and Juan Diego Calle, serial entrepreneur and chairman of STRAAT at

    • Oct. 13: The New Tropic hosts its Leadership Series with Howard Herring, president and CEO of New World Symphony.

    • Oct. 14, 21, 28: Live Ninja hosts #WaffleWednesday, its weekly tech and creatives morning meetup in Wynwood.

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  • Journalism

    Inventing the digital storytelling future

    Oct. 13, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Kyle Ellis and Stephen Komives

    SNDmakes. Photo via Vox Media.

    Kyle Ellis is digital director and Stephen Komives is executive director of the Society for News Design, which is expanding its training opportunities for journalists and technologists with $130,000 from Knight Foundation.

    Please, consider this an invitation.

    The Society For News Design and Knight Foundation will partner in the next year on two unique programs. Our guiding principles: to build community and foster innovation. We’re creating a place where journalists can familiarize themselves with the concepts of human-centered design and innovation through collaboration.

    In the next year, with support from Knight, we’ll continue to grow SNDMakes, a program launched in 2014, to train non-technical journalists, provide networking opportunities and prototype solutions to some of the biggest digital challenges faced by media organizations. It’s not a hackathon. We don’t declare any winners. We share whatever gets built through open-source channels such as Github.

    On a broad level, we’re building solutions.

    On an individual level, we’re helping people conquer fear.

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  • Arts

    The Clay Studio revisits history of Philadelphia ceramics by way of four seminal artists

    Oct. 13, 2015, 6 a.m., Posted by Chip Schwartz

    Right now, a visit to The Clay Studio is a journey some 65 years back into the history of ceramics in Philadelphia. At this Knight Arts grantee, the exhibition “Fellowship in Clay: Philadelphia’s American Craft Council Fellows” looks at four influential ceramic artists who created one of the most successful university ceramics programs in the region. Showcasing work by William Daley, the late Rudolf Staffel, Paula Winokur and Robert Winokur (who are spouses), The Clay Studio focuses on two generations of mid- to late-20th-century clay artists that glazed the way for contemporary practices.

    William Daley, “Totemic Figure.”

    Some of Daley’s works look as much like something out of a natural history museum as objects created in a ceramic studio. Three pieces created in 1964 rest on pedestals, their rust-colored forms and gritty textures contrasting starkly with the white boxes that hold them. Each of them appears partly mechanical (which explains their oxidized exteriors), but also quite organic. With names like “Totemic Figure,” “Mantis Head,” and “Torso,” their structures are clearly modeled after shapes in nature and human sculptural representations, although it looks as though they have been dug up from centuries under the earth.

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