“Trust in media at all-time lows” is a headline we have, unfortunately, become accustomed to. As a foundation that cares about creating more informed and engaged communities, it’s also unacceptable. So earlier this year, Knight Foundation, as part of a larger initiative, partnered with Gallup to look at Americans’ changing opinions of the Fourth Estate.

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    Reinventing a 97-year-old science news organization

    July 11, 2018 by Nancy Shute

    Reinventing a 97-year-old science news organization

    Photo by Society for Science & the Public.

    Four years ago, Science News was on the ropes. It was founded by newspaper magnate E.W. Scripps in 1921 to provide accurate news of science, technology and medicine to the general public. But over the past decade, Science News had lost millions of dollars. Print circulation was shrinking, ad sales were dismal, and the organization’s digital operations were starved for resources despite growing audiences.

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    Four ways cities can use augmented reality games like Pokémon GO to bolster civic engagement

    June 28, 2018 by Sam Gill and Lilian Coral

    Four ways cities can use augmented reality games like Pokémon GO to bolster civic engagement

    Akron, Ohio, residents explore downtown using Pokémon GO. Photo by Tim Fitzwater.

    In summer 2016, Pokémon GO took the world by storm. Large crowds teemed in public spaces around the globe at all hours. We saw a prime opportunity to learn more about how our society, and its ubiquitous digital technology, might further spark public life in the communities where we work.

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    Speak up for a people-first San José

    June 20, 2018 by Daniel Harris

    Speak up for a people-first San José

    Veggielution First Friday. Photo by Danny Harris on Twitter.

    In San José, Knight seeks to create one of the nation’s most engaged cities. We seek to place people at the center of the city’s present and future. From walkable and bikeable neighborhoods to more user-friendly design of city services to building vibrant public spaces for all, Knight’s work aims to help San Joseans fall in love with and work in support of their city every day.

    To advance these efforts, Knight is launching Speak Up San José, a yearlong initiative that invites all residents for conversation and action to advance our city’s future. Specifically, the foundation is committing $150,000 to sixteen community groups to host 28 events over the coming twelve months. From community dinners to street parties to salons, each event is conceived by local organizations, community groups and neighborhood know-it-alls to advance locally relevant issues. Most importantly, every event is free, open to the public and/or engages a diverse group of individuals, and built around a specific action point.

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    Philadelphia: Building a stronger city through public spaces

    May 24, 2018 by Patrick J. Morgan

    Philadelphia: Building a stronger city through public spaces

    Photo by Garen M. on Flickr.

    Philadelphia’s public spaces are experiencing a resurgence. From recently opened Lovett Library Park to excitement around the soon to be open Cherry Street Pier, new investments in these community centerpieces have created deeper connections between people and their city and invited a cross-section of residents to participate in building the kind of neighborhoods where they want to live.

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    Who is watching local TV news? New research provides some surprises

    May 23, 2018 by Karen Rundlet

    Who is watching local TV news? New research provides some surprises

    As Knight Foundation continues to study television news, its role in informing communities, and possibilities for the future, we are also examining data around television audiences. 

    While most people in the U.S. still get their news from TV, the picture is not all rosy. New Knight research published today shows that the TV audience is largely 55+ years, and shrinking, albeit slowly, as more Americans get their news from social media and smartphones. In 2017, the Pew Research Center reported digital news had come even closer to eclipsing TV’s dominance as a news provider. The number of Americans who now get their news online stands at 43 percent, which is just 7 percentage points away from the half of Americans who get their news from broadcast television.

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    Building Miami’s innovation ecosystem side by side with our community

    March 26, 2018 by Raul Moas

    Building Miami’s innovation ecosystem side by side with our community

    A panorama view of Miami. Used under CC0 Creative Commons from Pixabay.

    We’re proud to be a part of what the Miami community has accomplished in such a small window of time. Miami’s innovation economy is growing. Yet much remains to be achieved. In a spirit of continuous learning, we want to hear from you – those building the future Miami – about what it will take to succeed.

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    Tune in Monday to a conversation on Twitter, diverse communities and trust in news

    March 21, 2018 by Anusha Alikhan

    Tune in Monday to a conversation on Twitter, diverse communities and trust in news

    A recent Knight Foundation report, produced in collaboration with digital studio Postlight, reveals how subcultures on social media, specifically Black Twitter, Feminist Twitter and Asian-American Twitter, interact with reporters and the news. On March 26, Knight and Postlight will host an event to draw on the themes in the report.

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    A Smart City puts residents at the center

    March 20, 2018 by Lilian Coral

    A Smart City puts residents at the center

    Technology is changing cities as we know them. From sensors that track pedestrians and control street lights, to the ways local governments deliver information, digital innovation affects how city residents experience everyday life and get and share information.

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    Harvard University Graduate School of Design to work with Miami community on multi-year resiliency project

    March 20, 2018 by Mohsen Mostafavi

    Harvard University Graduate School of Design to work with Miami community on multi-year resiliency project

    Photos courtesy of Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    To engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing urban issues—including affordable housing, transportation and sea level rise—Knight Foundation has announced $1 million in support to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. With the funding, the school will embed urban researchers in Miami and Miami Beach to better understand the cities’ opportunities and challenges, and launch a multi-year study toward building solutions shaped by residents.

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    Promoting Literacy and Community Engagement in Miami

    March 19, 2018 by Suze Guillaume

    Promoting Literacy and Community Engagement in Miami

    Emerging City Champions is a fellowship program for young civic innovators with bold ideas to enhance public spaces, mobility and civic engagement. Photos: Suze Guillaume and Angelica Walker

    Suze Guillaume is a Miami-based social entrepreneur, author and founder of the Beyond Literacy Pop-Up Project. Below she writes about her experience with the Emerging City Champions program, which is accepting applications for its 2018 class until April 2, 2018.

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    Helping build cities for and by people

    March 13, 2018 by Chad Rochkind

    Helping build cities for and by people

    Emerging City Champions is a fellowship program for young civic innovators with bold ideas to enhance public spaces, mobility and civic engagement. Photo provided by Chad Rochkind.

    Chad Rochkind is the founder of Human Scale Studio, an Emerging City Champion and a Knight Cities Challenge winner. Below he writes about his experience with the Emerging City Champions program, which is accepting applications for its 2018 class until April 2, 2018.

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    Free speech on campus: New perspectives emerge from Gallup/Knight student survey

    March 12, 2018 by Sam Gill

    Free speech on campus: New perspectives emerge from Gallup/Knight student survey

    What’s clear to us is that the context cannot be taken for granted.Students at America’s colleges and universities see freedom of expression as at least in part contingent on their broader views and experience of the world.

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    Where you can meet Knight at NICAR 2018

    March 8, 2018 by Nick Swyter

    Where you can meet Knight at NICAR 2018

    Data analysis map, photo courtesy of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE-NICAR).

    The National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting’s (NICAR) annual conference devoted to data journalism is running this week from March 8 to 11 in Chicago.

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    On art and technology: The power of creating our own worlds

    March 2, 2018 by Mimi Onuoha

    On art and technology: The power of creating our own worlds

    A screenshot from Sondra Perry’s website imakelandartnow.com, in which the artist offers a tongue-in-cheek rebuttal to a world before her (screenshot by author).

    What are the opportunities for technology in the arts – and what threats does it pose? Knight Foundation, which recently launched an open call for ideas to use technology to connect people to the arts, asked leaders to answer that question. Here, artist and researcher Mimi Onuoha talks about the possibilities the arts and tech offer to create new worlds.

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    Navigating the intersection of art and technology

    February 28, 2018 by Ingrid Burrington

    Navigating the intersection of art and technology

    Photo by Amos Bühler on Flickr.

    What are the opportunities for technology in the arts – and what threats does it pose? Knight Foundation, which recently launched an open call for ideas to use technology to connect people to the arts, asked leaders to answer that question. Here, artist and author Ingrid Burrington offers her views on how the field, and its taxonomy, should evolve.