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Knight First Amendment Institute (endowment)

To preserve broad First Amendment rights in the digital age through the establishment of an institute at Columbia University that would champion free expression through litigation, education and scholarship.

Emerging City Champions

To provide civic innovators in Knight communities with the best knowledge on how to improve public spaces through 8-80 Cities' study tours, the Emerging City Champions program and the city residency programs.

Mississippi Today

To advance journalism excellence by supporting Mississippi Today, a new nonprofit digital news outlet partnering with universities to provide top-flight coverage of race, poverty, education, health and the statehouse.

Informed Citizen Akron

To promote nonpartisan journalism excellence and audience engagement in Ohio during the 2016 presidential election by supporting the Informed Citizen Akron (ICAkron) project to conduct nonpartisan in-depth polling and, nonpartisan civic engagement, to help newsrooms listen more closely and respond to the broad information needs of Ohio voters.

Knight Litigation Project

To promote press freedom and the next generation of First Amendment precedent by expanding the Knight Litigation Project to provide more legal assistance to individual journalists, freelancers and digital communicators, as well as support for news organizations.

Knight American Artists Fellowship Fund

To create a sustainable future through the formation of an operations endowment for United States Artists, an organization that awards unrestricted fellowships to American artists, that will enable staff to spend time on programming, analytics and raising additional capital to expand the fellowships instead of raising money for annual operations.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

To support journalism education and journalism training through online learning courses and peer-to-peer learning initiatives to help journalists stay up to date with the transformational changes in the news and information ecosystem

Biscayne Green

Creating a pop-up park and urban forest along Biscayne Boulevard to drive momentum for “Biscayne Green,” a proposal to redesign Biscayne Boulevard to include a pedestrian promenade.

Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers

Building cultural bridges to Philadelphia’s immigrant communities with cooking classes celebrating ethnic food operated by chefs from Reading Terminal Market.

Can Do Signs

Rethinking municipal signs that typically tell people “what not to do,” to spur fun, imagination and positivity throughout Charlotte; the project will create signs that provide amusing, enchanting, fun options: You can dance! You can sing! You can skip!

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