Articles by Rosemary D'Amour

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    Miami Make Week offers unique access to Miami’s ‘maker culture’

    November 5, 2015 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Miami Make Week offers unique access to Miami’s ‘maker culture’

    2014 Wynwood Maker Saturdays Workshop at The LAB Miami. Photo courtesy of Miami Make Week.

    The “maker movement” is often associated with inspired crafts, tech trends, 3-D printers and microcontrollers, and combining cutting-edge tools with design and engineering principles to address community challenges.

    Enter Miami Make Week, a 10-day series of events in the Greater Miami area supported by Knight Foundation that kicks off Friday. The series is organized by MIAMade, whose commitment to “maker culture” in Miami since its launch in 2013 means taking advantage of the city’s do-it-yourself mindset.

    “We knew there were a lot of people making things in Miami, but they were very much dispersed,” said Ric Herrero, founder of MIAMade. “We wanted to create a platform to introduce these folks, and introduce their work to the community.”

     

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    Give Miami Day raises record $7.1 million for nonprofits

    November 20, 2015 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Give Miami Day raises record $7.1 million for nonprofits

    Give Miami Day participants and volunteers document hitting $6 million fundraising milestone on Nov. 19.

    The Miami Foundation raised more than $7.1 million for South Florida nonprofits in its fourth online giving campaign, which ran from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

    Give Miami Day started four years ago as a platform for “democratized” giving. For 24 hours, the Greater Miami area experiences a fundraising blitz, with local organizations seeking support for causes around the community. The Miami Foundation, which connects donors to the community, coordinates the fundraising, collects the donations and, along with the individual organizations, heavily promotes the event on social media, also awarding incentive prizes to nonprofits for meeting goals and milestones.

    And each year, the annual giving event supported by Knight Foundation gets bigger. In 2014, nearly 20,000 donors raised a record $5.2 million for 520 local nonprofit organizations. This year, more than 24,000 contributed over $7.1 million for more than 600 organizations, making it the largest annual giving event in the Southeast U.S.

     

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    How a Knight internship helped build skills in journalism

    February 2, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Carolina Wilson, a former intern with Knight, outside of Bloomberg News offices in New York.

    Knight Foundation’s work to foster informed and engaged communities relies on effective storytelling, which is a critical part of the editorial internship experience, one of several openings now available for summer 2016.

    Interns, who must be college students or recent college graduates, work across the foundation in paid positions for 10 weeks.

    Below, Carolina Wilson, a South Florida native who now works for Bloomberg News in New York, shares insights from her summer 2014 editorial internship with Knight, where she built skills that have aided her career in journalism.

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    How you can connect with Knight at SXSW to explore trends in mobile news and virtual reality

    March 8, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    SXSW 2015.

    This post has been updated to reflect the latest ways you can connect with Knight Foundation at SXSW.

    Knight Foundation is turning its attention to leading-edge ways to tell news stories, hosting events on mobile innovation and virtual reality, as SXSW moves into its Interactive phase.

    On Saturday, March 12, we will host a discussion on experimentation with mobile in newsrooms with BuzzFeed, NBC, Guardian US Mobile Innovation Lab and NPR, all leaders in mobile news.

    Then on Sunday, experts from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, a Knight Prototype Fund winner, will explore “Using Virtual Reality in Storytelling,” and StoryNext will hold a roundtable discussion on overcoming challenges to the growing field of virtual reality.

    On Thursday Knight Foundation closed out SXSWedu, the SXSW conference track focused on educators, asking crucial questions about the future of libraries and technology, and the role of each in communities.

    Knight hosted a series of events focused on the Knight News Challenge, which this round asks the question: How might libraries serve 21st century information needs? The challenge opened for entries on Feb. 24 and closes at 5 p.m. ET March 21.

    Two panels featured several previous Knight News Challenge on Libraries winners, such as P2PU, StoryCorps and the Internet Archive, and touched on strategies to improve technology and processes in libraries and how mobile archives are transforming community engagement.

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    4 lessons for mobile and social engagement from the Media Learning Seminar

    May 3, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    4 lessons for mobile and social engagement from the Media Learning Seminar

    MLS 2016 Day 1: Tools and Techniques: Using Social Media and Mobile to Inform and Engage Communities from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

    Knight Foundation’s Media Learning Seminar convenes leaders in media, tech and philanthropy to identify how community foundations can best meet community information needs. And it should come as no surprise that mobile and social media were at the forefront of many discussions of the first day of the 2016 seminar held at the J.W. Marriott Marquis hotel in Miami.

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    Reviewers for the Knight News Challenge on Data meet in Miami

    November 5, 2015 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Photo by Rosemary D'Amour.

    A team of reviewers is meeting in Miami today to discuss the semifinalists in the Knight News Challenge on Data.

    The 18 reviewers, who consist of journalists, researchers and experts in data and technology, will create a list of finalists for the challenge, which seeks to fuel ideas on how to make data work for individuals and communities.

    This year’s Knight News Challenge on Data, which was open to anyone from anywhere, received more than 1,000 applications. The challenge closed Sept. 30, and Knight named 46 semifinalists on Oct. 21.

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    Five takeaways from SXSWedu

    March 11, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Five takeaways from SXSWedu

    This post has been updated.

    On Thursday Knight Foundation closed out SXSWedu, the SXSW conference track focused on educators, asking crucial questions about the future of libraries and technology, and the role of each in communities.

    Two panels featured several previous Knight News Challenge on Libraries winners, such as P2PUStoryCorps and the Internet Archive, and touched on strategies to improve technology and processes in libraries and how mobile archives are transforming community engagement.

    Here are some of the key takeaways from Thursday’s sessions, “Innovation in Libraries” and “Mobile Archives: Preserving Community Memories.”

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    How a Knight internship helped develop a better understanding of nonprofits

    February 4, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    How a Knight internship helped develop a better understanding of nonprofits

    Chris Caines at Knight's offices in Miami. Photo by Rosemary D'Amour.

    Applications are now open for Knight Foundation’s summer internship program, which offers competitive, paid 10-week internships for college students and recent grads. A former Knight intern turned Knight employee, Chris Caines, talks about his experience as an intern in summer 2015 and the transition as a recent graduate from Wesleyan University. Caines works as the program associate for the Miami communities program. 

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    How a Knight internship put a recent college grad’s broad experience to work

    February 9, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Knight Foundation’s summer internship program offers college students and recent college graduates a chance to help foster informed and engaged communities through our work in the arts, journalism and media innovation, and cities. Applications are now open for the paid, 10-week summer program.

    Below, Lucas Hernandez, special assistant to Knight President Alberto Ibargüen, talks about his work as an intern with the Learning and Impact team in summer 2014. Following his internship, he was hired as an associate on the Media Innovation team. He moved to his current role in June 2015. 

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    Knight Cities Challenge reviewers meet in Miami to discuss finalist applications

    February 18, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Knight Cities Challenge reviewers meet in Miami to discuss finalist applications

    A team of reviewers are in Miami for the next two days to help Knight Foundation evaluate finalists in the latest Knight Cities Challenge, which asks the question: How can we make cities more successful? The latest round closed in October 2015 with more than 4,500 entries.

    Civic innovators from across the country submitted ideas for our 26 communities. In January, Knight named 158 finalists, with common themes focusing on the three key drivers of city success: retaining talented people, expanding economic opportunity and promoting civic engagement. Proposals represent a range of ideas—from pop-up parks to mobile festivals to the accessibility of government websites.

    A big thank you to our reviewers:

    ·      Ben Bryant, Group Melvin Design

    ·      Bobby Martin, Original Champions of Design

    ·      Fred Dust, IDEO

    ·      Jason Roberts, Team Better Block

    ·      Jewel Gopwani, Detroit Free Press

    ·      Joanna Frank, Center for Active Design

    ·      Kate Catherall, 270 Strategies

    ·      Lisa Adkins, Blue Grass Community Foundation

    ·      Matt Lister, Gehl Architects

    ·      Maurice Cox, City of Detroit

    ·      Nate Echeverria, San Jose Downtown Association

    ·      Raphael Clemente, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

    Knight plans to announce winners in April 2016. 

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    Knight News Challenge asks, How might libraries serve 21st century information needs

    March 2, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Knight News Challenge asks, How might libraries serve 21st century information needs

    The recent Reddit Ask Me Anything with John Bracken, Knight’s vice president for media innovation, started with questions on the library of the future.

    One sample: “What does a day in the library look like when my 3-year-old goes to college?”

    Bracken responded by painting a picture of how the physical space will change: “Buildings will likely be more crafted for physical interactions—more of an emphasis on experiences than on books. The notion of the shushing librarian will also be passé.”

    The second Knight News Challenge on Libraries opened for submissions last week. Individuals, nonprofits, businesses, governments, libraries, anyone in the U.S. can apply by March 21, 2016 with an idea for how libraries can meet 21st century information needs.

    The Reddit chat was intended to inspire and engage librarians, technologists and people throughout the U.S. to learn more about the Knight News Challenge, and in a two-hour time span on Monday evening, we certainly received a variety of input.

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    Where you can meet Knight at SXSW 2017

    March 9, 2017 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Where you can meet Knight at SXSW 2017

    SXSW, one of the world’s largest gatherings of techies, journalists, educators, filmmakers, interactive media producers and musicians kicks off Friday, March 10. Thousands of attendees who descend on Austin, Texas, are prepping their schedules for must-see panels, performances and demos.  

     Knight Foundation’s Journalism, Technology Innovation and Community and National Initiatives programs will take part in discussions around Austin over the next week. Check out these events to connect with Knight and our partner network at SXSW Interactive.

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    Where you can meet Knight at ONA 2017

    October 3, 2017 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Where you can meet Knight at ONA 2017

    Photo by BKL on Flickr.

    The Online News Association’s annual gathering of digital journalists is hitting the nation’s capital this week from Oct. 5-7.

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    Where to meet Knight at ONA 2016

    September 14, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    Where to meet Knight at ONA 2016
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    How Knight cities are learning to put people-first design to work

    June 10, 2016 by Rosemary D'Amour

    How Knight cities are learning to put people-first design to work
    Representatives from four Knight communities and Gehl Architects at the 2016 convening in Lexington. Photos by Rosemary D'Amour. Angie Martin huddles under an awning in a public square in Lexington, Kentucky, on a cold April morning. She’s tallying the number of pedestrians who walk through the square, making note of the lighting, whether people feel drawn to hang out in the square. Martin, CEO of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, is taking part in a two-day convening of four Knight communities: Fort Wayne, Indiana; Milledgeville, Georgia; Wichita, Kansas, and the host city, Lexington. The learning exchange will focus on how to develop and measure city projects to improve the experience people have in public spaces. The gathering is part of Gehl Architects’ people-first design training, which is an interactive series that helps prepare cities for projects that bring people together and make public spaces more vibrant. People-first design is the focal point for Gehl, and the concept is executed much as it sounds: Create cities that consider people first—their scale, senses, behavior and engagement in their surroundings.