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Today, Knight Foundation is announcing $2.6 million in support to five projects to advance innovation and journalism excellence in local television newsrooms. 

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    Two new reports provide lessons for media funders

    February 15, 2018 by Jessica Clark and Sarah Lutman

    Two new reports provide lessons for media funders

    Sarah Lutman is a consultant for the Wyncote Foundation and Jessica Clark is research director for Media Impact Funders. Below they discuss how foundations that are new to funding journalism can get a better handle on trends and practices in the field, based on two new reports produced with support from the Wyncote Foundation.

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    At Knight Media Forum, the focus is strengthening local news and communities

    February 15, 2018 by Marika Lynch

    At Knight Media Forum, the focus is strengthening local news and communities

    At a time when trust in media, and institutions in general, is dangerously low, how can news organizations work to rebuild it? What effect does the trend have on people’s engagement in solving local issues? 

    Starting Tuesday morning Feb. 20, the Knight Media Forum will tackle these topics and more, as it gathers leaders in philanthropy, media and technology to look at ways to strengthen both local news and communities. The event will be streamed online, and features a range of speakers including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who recently piloted the news service WikiTribune, and former CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer, who will address how our society can navigate the information overload that surrounds us.

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    Creating global conversations through nonprofit journalism

    December 21, 2017 by Christina Curtin

    Creating global conversations through nonprofit journalism

    Photo credit: Stefano Santucci

    Christina Curtin is development manager at Orb Media. Orb is currently one of more than 100 organizations participating in News Match, a national matching gifts campaign to encourage grassroots support for nonprofit news organizations.

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    Protecting quality journalism is up to us all

    December 19, 2017 by Knight Foundation

    Protecting quality journalism is up to us all

    Despite America’s rising distrust in the media and growing challenges with misinformation, quality journalism is being made every day.

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    Making cities better with local nonprofit journalism

    December 12, 2017 by Halle Stockton

    Making cities better with local nonprofit journalism

    #PublicStreetsPGH is a social media project that sends PublicSource reporters and interns out into local neighborhoods to gather stories from ordinary Pittsburghers with extraordinary stories. All photos courtesy of PublicSource.

    Halle Stockton is managing editor at PublicSource. PublicSource is currently one of more than 100 organizations participating in News Match, a national matching gifts campaign to encourage grassroots support for nonprofit news organizations.

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    Holding power to account through nonprofit journalism

    December 7, 2017 by Lillian Mongeau

    Holding power to account through nonprofit journalism

    Photos courtesy of The Hechinger Report.

    Lillian Mongeau is Membership Manager at The Hechinger Report. The Hechinger Report is currently one of more than 100 organizations participating in News Matcha national matching gifts campaign to encourage grassroots support for nonprofit news organizations.  

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    From searchable sound to Siri: Pop Up Archive helps audio evolve for new modes of storytelling

    November 15, 2017 by Ed Paisley

    From searchable sound to Siri: Pop Up Archive helps audio evolve for new modes of storytelling

    This piece is one of a series that looks at the Knight News Challenge winners, and their thoughts on future trends, on the occasion of the challenge’s 10th anniversary. 

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    Civic media comes into its own, thanks to MIT center

    November 13, 2017 by Bob Andelman

    Civic media comes into its own, thanks to MIT center

    This piece is one of a series that looks at the Knight News Challenge winner, and their thoughts on future trends, on the occasion of the challenge’s 10th anniversary. 

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    mRelief uses text messaging to help people get social assistance

    November 6, 2017 by Bob Andelman

    mRelief uses text messaging to help people get social assistance

    This piece is one of a series that looks at the Knight News Challenge winners, and their thoughts on future trends, on the occasion of the challenge’s 10th anniversary. 

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    We’re looking forward and back at the internet as the Knight News Challenge turns 10

    November 2, 2017 by John S. Bracken

    We’re looking forward and back at the internet as the Knight News Challenge turns 10

    The year 2007 marked a turn in the history of the internet: Twitter made its debut at SXSW, Facebook grew beyond college dorms, YouTube co-hosted its first Presidential debates, and Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone. Flush with optimism about technology’s potential, Knight Foundation in 2007 announced the winners of the first Knight News Challenge. Open to anyone, the challenge set out to explore new ways of using digital media to accomplish what newspapers did so well in the 20th century: Provide news and information that foster community in towns and cities.

    In 10 years, Knight reviewed more than 10,000 News Challenge applications and provided more than $50 million in funding to 190 projects. Winners include leading internet entrepreneurs, emerging media innovators and established newsrooms. But despite innovations, journalism’s business model is still faltering. And early optimism about technology’s power to transform the world for good has been tarnished by concerns about false information, bullying and the loss of the public square.

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    DocumentCloud goes from startup to newsroom standard

    November 2, 2017 by Bob Andelman

    DocumentCloud goes from startup to newsroom standard

    This piece is one of a series that looks at the Knight News Challenge winners, and their thoughts on future trends, on the occasion of the challenge’s 10th anniversary. 

    Aron Pilhofer, co-founder of DocumentCloud, was running a product technology team at The New York Times and experiencing great frustration with the way journalists there – and at most newspapers – published documents online.

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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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    How DocumentCloud bolsters investigative journalism and the exchange of public information

    July 27, 2017 by Aron Pilhofer

    How DocumentCloud bolsters investigative journalism and the exchange of public information

    DocumentCloud's open source platform provides unfiltered access to millions of news and information documents sourced and uploaded by journalists the world over. Photo: Dave.Miles under License

    Aron Pilhofer is a co-founder of DocumentCloud. Today Knight Foundation is announcing $250,000 in new support to the open source journalism tool, to encourage investigative journalism and the exchange of public information.

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    Journalism education that inspires community engagement

    July 25, 2017 by Tim Regan-Porter

    Journalism education that inspires community engagement

    Tim Regan-Porter is the executive director of Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism in Macon, Georgia. Below, he writes about the evolution of the center and its unique model, which blends hands-on practice with scholarship and community engagement. The center is receiving $2 million in new support from Knight Foundation. 

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    11 ideas win Journalism 360 Challenge on Immersive Storytelling

    July 11, 2017 by Jennifer Preston and Nina Zenni

    11 ideas win Journalism 360 Challenge on Immersive Storytelling

    Photo by Penn State on Flickr.

    In March 2017, Knight Foundation, along with partners Google News Lab and the Online News Association, launched the Journalism 360 Challenge to advance the use of virtual reality and other immersive storytelling approaches in the field of journalism.

    The open call for early stage ideas drew 800 applicants from around the world.  It showed that journalists are seizing the opportunity to use emerging technology to create fresh forms of storytelling and engage with audiences in new ways. At the same time, innovation in immersive storytelling is taking place across the news media ecosystem. Promising ideas for new tools and methods are being developed by startups, as well as traditional news organizations, local news outlets, universities and public radio.

    Today we are announcing support for 11 of these projects. Each was chosen for its potential to bolster the collective understanding of how new forms of immersive storytelling can meet the changing information needs of communities and individuals, and strengthen the future of journalism.