Knight Foundation donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Technology, Journalism)

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_S._and_James_L._Knight_Foundation
Facebook username knightfdn
Websitehttps://knightfoundation.org/
Donations URLhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants
Twitter usernameknightfdn
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://knightfoundation.org/about
Grant application process pagehttps://knightfoundation.org/apply/
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/knight-foundation

This entity is also a donee.

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 472 195,000 402,874 0 15,000 50,000 89,874 125,750 195,000 225,000 250,000 300,000 1,000,000 6,000,000
Technology, Journalism 472 195,000 402,874 0 15,000 50,000 89,874 125,750 195,000 225,000 250,000 300,000 1,000,000 6,000,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 472 256 190,156,405.00 2,008,000.00
Total 472 256 190,156,405.00 2,008,000.00

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Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017
Technology, Journalism 472 256 190,156,405.00 2,008,000.00
Classified total 472 256 190,156,405.00 2,008,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00
Total 472 256 190,156,405.00 2,008,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017
International Center for Journalists (filter this donor) WP 16,174,529.00 0.00
MIT Media Lab (filter this donor) 9,510,000.00 0.00
Tides Center (filter this donor) 8,966,025.00 0.00
National Public Radio (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 6,250,000.00 0.00
Queens University of Charlotte (filter this donor) 5,809,840.00 0.00
University of Southern California (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 5,793,000.00 0.00
World Wide Web Foundation (filter this donor) 5,200,000.00 0.00
American Society of News Editors Foundation (filter this donor) 5,150,999.00 0.00
University of Missouri (filter this donor) WP Site 3,980,000.00 0.00
The Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University (filter this donor) 3,788,000.00 0.00
Aspen Institute (filter this donor) 3,784,991.00 0.00
University of Maryland Foundation (filter this donor) 3,775,000.00 0.00
The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (filter this donor) 3,723,800.00 0.00
University of California, Berkeley (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 3,500,000.00 0.00
Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York (filter this donor) 3,258,000.00 2,008,000.00
The American University (filter this donor) 3,090,000.00 0.00
Ashoka (filter this donor) WP 3,000,000.00 0.00
PBS Foundation (filter this donor) 3,000,000.00 0.00
American Public Media / Minnesota Public Radio (filter this donor) 2,992,652.00 0.00
WNYC Radio (filter this donor) 2,900,000.00 0.00
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (filter this donor) 2,750,000.00 0.00
Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (filter this donor) 2,725,000.00 0.00
Yale University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,650,000.00 0.00
President and Fellows of Harvard College (filter this donor) WP 2,477,194.00 0.00
Channel One Network (filter this donor) 2,450,000.00 0.00
The Center for Public Integrity (filter this donor) 2,404,000.00 0.00
The Miami Foundation (filter this donor) 2,209,450.00 0.00
Center for Investigative Reporting (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,154,000.00 0.00
Michigan State University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,150,000.00 0.00
University of Maryland (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,070,000.00 0.00
Institute for Nonprofit News (filter this donor) 2,000,000.00 0.00
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies (filter this donor) 1,865,000.00 0.00
University of Texas at Austin (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,850,000.00 0.00
Sunlight Foundation (filter this donor) 1,781,678.00 0.00
Stony Brook Foundation (filter this donor) 1,750,000.00 0.00
Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (filter this donor) 1,700,000.00 0.00
Participatory Culture Foundation (filter this donor) 1,585,000.00 0.00
Internews (filter this donor) 1,525,000.00 0.00
The Pennsylvania State University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,500,000.00 0.00
MinnPost (filter this donor) 1,335,000.00 0.00
The Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (filter this donor) 1,151,000.00 0.00
ProPublica (filter this donor) 1,039,000.00 0.00
Northwestern University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,039,000.00 0.00
The Bay Area News Project (filter this donor) 975,000.00 0.00
OpenGov Foundation (filter this donor) 950,000.00 0.00
TCC Group (filter this donor) 950,000.00 0.00
Trustees of Boston University (filter this donor) 900,000.00 0.00
voiceofsandiego.org (filter this donor) 891,100.00 0.00
VillageSoup (filter this donor) 885,000.00 0.00
National Security Archive Fund (filter this donor) 850,000.00 0.00
George Washington University (filter this donor) 850,000.00 0.00
Ball State University (filter this donor) 850,000.00 0.00
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (filter this donor) 750,076.00 0.00
Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (filter this donor) 725,000.00 0.00
MTV - Dept of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs (filter this donor) 700,000.00 0.00
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (filter this donor) 700,000.00 0.00
Online News Association (filter this donor) 675,000.00 0.00
World Press Freedom Committee (filter this donor) 640,000.00 0.00
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (filter this donor) 595,000.00 0.00
The Paley Center for Media (filter this donor) 565,770.00 0.00
Arizona State University Foundation (filter this donor) 552,000.00 0.00
Community Foundation of New Jersey (filter this donor) 550,000.00 0.00
Link Media (filter this donor) 530,000.00 0.00
Patchwork Nation (filter this donor) 450,000.00 0.00
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (filter this donor) 450,000.00 0.00
Chi-Town Daily News (filter this donor) 435,000.00 0.00
World Wide Workshop for Children's Media Technology & Learning (filter this donor) 427,500.00 0.00
Wesleyan University (filter this donor) 423,530.00 0.00
The University of Texas at El Paso (filter this donor) 412,200.00 0.00
Syracuse University (filter this donor) 385,000.00 0.00
Deproduction (filter this donor) 380,000.00 0.00
Jefferson Institute (filter this donor) 355,600.00 0.00
Pacific News Service (filter this donor) 322,000.00 0.00
Rochester Institute of Technology (filter this donor) 303,071.00 0.00
International Women's Media Foundation (filter this donor) 300,000.00 0.00
Video Volunteers (filter this donor) 275,000.00 0.00
Associated Students UCLA (filter this donor) 275,000.00 0.00
Texas Tribune (filter this donor) FB Tw Site 260,000.00 0.00
Salzburg Seminar in American Studies (filter this donor) 255,000.00 0.00
American Documentary (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Momoko Ito Foundation (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
North Carolina Open Government Coalition (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Public Media Company (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Regents of the University of Minnesota (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
The New School (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
UNITY: Journalists of Color (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Independent Television Service (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Personal Democracy Forum (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Rutgers University Foundation (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
DataKind (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Waldo Jaquith (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Community Initiatives (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Citizens Union Foundation (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Spark Camp (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Free Press (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Games for Change (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Chicago News Cooperative (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
The Council on Foreign Relations (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
WGBH Educational Foundation (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
Research Foundation of the City University of New York (filter this donor) Tw Site 250,000.00 0.00
Philadelphia's Children First Fund (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00
The Real News Network (filter this donor) 249,950.00 0.00
International Center for New Media (filter this donor) 249,000.00 0.00
President and Trustees of Colby College (filter this donor) 246,612.00 0.00
Hampton University (filter this donor) 245,000.00 0.00
National Association of Black Journalists (filter this donor) 241,000.00 0.00
Glassy Media, LLC (filter this donor) 240,421.00 0.00
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center for Educational Media and Research (filter this donor) 240,000.00 0.00
The Pew Charitable Trusts (filter this donor) 240,000.00 0.00
The Open Planning Project (filter this donor) 235,000.00 0.00
MPT Foundation (filter this donor) 230,000.00 0.00
Ithaca College (filter this donor) 230,000.00 0.00
iFOCOS (filter this donor) 225,000.00 0.00
Newspaper Association of America Foundation (filter this donor) 225,000.00 0.00
New America Foundation (filter this donor) WP 225,000.00 0.00
Commons Labs (filter this donor) 222,000.00 0.00
SnagFilms LLC (filter this donor) 210,000.00 0.00
The Ohio State University Foundation (filter this donor) 208,300.00 0.00
Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (filter this donor) 205,000.00 0.00
Democracy Works (filter this donor) 205,000.00 0.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 203,800.00 0.00
Area/Code Entertainment LLC (filter this donor) 203,605.00 0.00
Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
Out of Eden Walk (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
Learning Matters (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
Virginia Coalition for Open Government (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
The Harwood Institute (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
Hypothes.is (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
University of Nebraska Foundation (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
The University of Oklahoma (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
Digital Democracy (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
Georgetown University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 200,000.00 0.00
University of Kansas Center for Research (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
Do Something (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
Digital Innovations Group (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00
UK Citizens Online Democracy (filter this donor) 199,700.00 0.00
NewsCloud (filter this donor) 190,000.00 0.00
Five Freedoms Project (filter this donor) 184,550.00 0.00
Marshall University Research Corporation (filter this donor) 181,667.00 0.00
Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation (filter this donor) 180,000.00 0.00
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (filter this donor) 180,000.00 0.00
PBS MediaShift (filter this donor) 170,000.00 0.00
Editor & Publisher (filter this donor) 169,500.00 0.00
Reframe It (filter this donor) 167,960.00 0.00
Media Development Loan Fund (filter this donor) 165,000.00 0.00
San Francisco State University Foundation (filter this donor) 160,000.00 0.00
Florida International University Foundation (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
Kent State University (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
The Pop Tech Institute (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
Bay Area Video Coalition (filter this donor) WP 150,000.00 0.00
Hyperaudio Incorporated (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
Public Interest Projects (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
Inter-American Dialogue (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
Michigan Corps (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
Miami Dade College (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
Media Mobilizing Project (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
Cinequest (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00
Emerson Engagement Lab (filter this donor) 145,000.00 0.00
Georgia Tech Research Corp (filter this donor) 142,165.00 0.00
Scoop Media (filter this donor) 136,400.00 0.00
Public Interest Productions (filter this donor) 136,000.00 0.00
International Research and Exchange Board (filter this donor) 130,000.00 0.00
Duquesne University (filter this donor) 125,750.00 0.00
Minnesota News Council (filter this donor) 125,000.00 0.00
GuideStar (filter this donor) 125,000.00 0.00
Sawhorse Media, LLC (filter this donor) 125,000.00 0.00
Washington News Council (filter this donor) 125,000.00 0.00
Society of Professional Journalists (filter this donor) 120,000.00 0.00
University of Florida Foundation (filter this donor) 113,140.00 0.00
The Center for Michigan (filter this donor) 110,000.00 0.00
University of Missouri Columbia (filter this donor) 105,000.00 0.00
The University of Kentucky Research Foundation (filter this donor) 103,000.00 0.00
Committee to Protect Journalists (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00
The North Carolina A&T State University (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00
Western Kentucky University (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00
WHYY (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00
Search for Common Ground (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00
University of Montana Foundation (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00
Northeastern University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 100,000.00 0.00
IC Foundation (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 98,500.00 0.00
The Bill of Rights Institute (filter this donor) 95,000.00 0.00
St. Louis Beacon (filter this donor) 90,000.00 0.00
Federation of American Scientists (filter this donor) 80,000.00 0.00
The Five Freedoms Project (filter this donor) 80,000.00 0.00
Americas Business Council Foundation (filter this donor) 80,000.00 0.00
Duke University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 76,000.00 0.00
Public Allies (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00
The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00
Next City (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00
Akron Development Corporation (filter this donor) 74,000.00 0.00
Middle Georgia Regional Commission (filter this donor) 62,200.00 0.00
Miami Childrens Museum (filter this donor) 60,000.00 0.00
French-American Foundation (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00
Duke Student Publishing Company (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00
National Constitution Center (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00
Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00
Internet Archive (filter this donor) WP Site 50,000.00 0.00
JumpStart Productions LLC (filter this donor) 45,000.00 0.00
Boston Cyberarts (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00
National Urban Fellows (filter this donor) 37,500.00 0.00
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (filter this donor) 36,000.00 0.00
Palo Alto Unified School District (filter this donor) 35,000.00 0.00
Louisiana State University and A & M College (filter this donor) 35,000.00 0.00
The Tor Project (filter this donor) 30,000.00 0.00
New Michigan Media (filter this donor) 30,000.00 0.00
Investigative Reporters and Editors (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00
Florida International University (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00
Lonely Goat Media (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00
Texas Christian University (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00
The League of Women Voters of the United States (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00
Asian American Journalists Association (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00
New York Academy of Medicine (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 25,000.00 0.00
Catalytic Diplomacy (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00
Media Impact Funders (filter this donor) FB Tw Site 24,700.00 0.00
New Leaders Council (filter this donor) 22,000.00 0.00
The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00
Native American Journalists Association (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00
Journalism and Women Symposium (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00
The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (filter this donor) 16,000.00 0.00
Media And Place Productions (filter this donor) 12,000.00 0.00
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (filter this donor) 11,580.00 0.00
Minnesota Council on Foundations (filter this donor) 6,750.00 0.00
Council of Michigan Foundations (filter this donor) 4,650.00 0.00
Vidpresso (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Atavist (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Endaga (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Beacon Reader (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Captricity (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Catchafire (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Change.org (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Chute (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Upworthy (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Louisiana State University Foundation (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Gimlet Media (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Own Local (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Tab Media (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Submittable (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Senzari (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
saambaa (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
PolicyMic (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Poetica (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Obvious Engineering (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Globe Newspaper Company (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Newsela (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Naytev (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Tribune Publishing Company (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Matt Singer (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Umbel (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Tapad (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Guide (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Zeega (filter this donor) 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 190,156,405.00 2,008,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (472 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 472)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York (Earmark: Knight Projects in News Innovation)2,008,000.00242017-11-15Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/8067-- Grant period: 02/01/2018 - 01/31/2023; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To prepare journalists for the transformational wave of technologies creating vast changes in the profession and in civic life.
The Miami Foundation (Earmark: Library Acts of Culture)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6154-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2014; goal: To support 'Library Acts of Culture' -- an initiative that will stage a series of artistic interventions in every library branch in all eight Knight resident communities.
Commons Labs (Earmark: Platform for civic discourse)222,000.00191--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5317-- Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 10/31/2012; goal: To support the development of a digital platform for civic discourse.
Council of Michigan Foundations (Earmark: Council of Michigan Foundations)4,650.00442--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6188-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2014; goal: To support the work of the Council through annual membership.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: International Center for Journalists)3,815,000.006--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4155-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 10/31/2010; goal: To advance journalism excellence and free expression worldwide through a redesigned, high-impact, project-based Knight International Journalism Fellowship program The International Center for Journalists was founded in 1984 to improve journalism in nations that have little or no tradition of independent media. ICFJ became Knight’s number one journalism grantee when the foundation created the Knight International Press Fellowships. Over the years, Americans traveled abroad to improve the skills of more than 30,000 journalists worldwide, along with exchanges, training seminars, workshops and conferences. This grant will redesign the project to focus on high-impact, innovative projects around the world. The fellows are expected to produce measurable results of transformational change. Projects should be designed to produce lasting, visible impact. Editors participating in the International Journalism Exchange and those who attend the World Editors Forum will create and implement action plans to transform their news organizations. The ultimate goal of this work is to raise journalism standards and increase free expression worldwide.
WHYY (Earmark: News Works)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5347-- Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 09/30/2012; goal: For a consultative process to expand and strengthen WHYY's use of digital technologies.
Northwestern University (Earmark: Master's in Journalism for Programmers)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4881-- Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 10/31/2014; goal: For expanded support for scholarships to computer programmers to study journalism.
Glassy Media, LLC (Earmark: SuperPACapp)240,421.00175--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5601-- Grant period: 08/01/2012 - 01/31/2013; goal: To create an application that provides instant information on political advertisements run by third-party groups, including finance and organizational data While watching a political TV ad, a user can hold up her phone to identify the commercial and receive objective, third-party information. The Super PAC App allows the user to rate the ad, while understanding who and how much money is behind the ad, what claims the ad is making, and whether those claims are based on facts.
Atavist (Earmark: Atavist)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4977-- Grant period: 07/03/2012 - 07/03/2013; goal: Atavist software enables you to quickly and easily tell your story through digital apps, ebooks, and magazines. It seamlessly integrates multimedia across mobile devices and the Web. Atavist lets you publish anything, everywhere.
The League of Women Voters of the United States (Earmark: LWV: Sunshine Week Tool Kit)25,000.00399--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3930-- Grant period: 11/01/2005 - 11/01/2006; goal: To prepare a Sunshine Week tool kit and organize local chapter forums.
Chicago News Cooperative (Earmark: Chicago News Cooperative)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4778-- Grant period: 12/01/2010 - 11/30/2011; goal: To support a new Web-based, multi-platform nonprofit news organization in Chicago The Chicago News Cooperative aspires to be the leading news and information website in Chicago. This grant will enable the Cooperative to continue to provide important journalism about civic affairs in Chicago. It will also continue to develop new revenue-generating activities. It will make its web site a forum for publishing important and compelling news in the Chicago metropolitan area through which it will engage audiences in dialogue about civic affairs.
Trustees of Boston University (Earmark: Trustees of Boston University)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4491-- Grant period: 12/01/2008 - 06/30/2010; goal: To fund a new model of sustainable, multimedia investigative journalism based at Boston University.
Queens University of Charlotte (Earmark: Al Jazeera English Research Project)59,840.00356--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4165-- Grant period: 09/01/2007 - 12/31/2008; goal: To study whether Al Jazeera's English programming increases cross-cultural dialogue and understanding This one-time grant will support sample surveys and interviews in Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United States, the countries that watch Al-Jazeera English the most, to analyze the demographics, world views and cultural attitudes of AJE’s viewers. A summary of the findings will be produced and distributed via the Internet. It is expected that this grant will determine whether viewers of Al-Jazeera English have different perceptions of the United States, international events and a more global world view. Additionally, this grant aims to increase cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, lessening the likelihood of conflict. Al-Jazeera English is generally unavailable on cable TV.
University of Southern California (Earmark: KDMC Mobile project)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5443-- Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 08/31/2013; goal: To create a mobile platform that enables community organizations to significantly improve the way they inform and engage their audiences.
The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (Earmark: Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism)62,800.00351--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5889-- Grant period: 04/01/2013 - 12/31/2013; goal: To launch the Knight Award for Media Innovation at CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: Knight International Journalism Fellowships)6,000,000.001--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4701-- Grant period: 12/07/2009 - 01/31/2013; goal: To lead a new group of high-impact projects advancing news in the public interest through Knight International Journalism Fellowships.
Spark Camp (Earmark: Spark Tracks)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6340-- Grant period: 04/01/2014 - 04/30/2016; goal: To grow Spark Camp's themed tracks, turning relationships developed at the event into sustained partnerships for innovation in journalism and technology.
Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation (Earmark: Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation)180,000.00241--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4178-- Grant period: 09/01/2007 - 08/31/2009; goal: To move suburban and community newspapers into the digital world by developing e-learning classes, in collaboration with News University SNA Foundation, collaborating with News University, will develop up to three e-learning classes designed specifically for suburban and community journalists. The self-directed courses and webinars will train them how to extend their print content to the web. Possible classes include: covering breaking news online for weekly print publications; how to produce web-first content; how to blog professionally; covering town meetings to engage readers in the story beyond the facts; and building social networks in local communities. The classes will be promoted and a virtual local journalism community will be developed. It is expected that journalists will learn how to cover breaking news and local newspaper web sites will become more interactive with their readers. As of Jan. 1, 2008, News University had 60,000 registered users.
Tides Center (Earmark: PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Bloggers)120,000.00298--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4211-- Grant period: 09/01/2007 - 09/01/2008; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To speed digital news innovation by creating an "idea lab" within the PBS MediaShift web site for Knight News Challenge winners.
International Research and Exchange Board (Earmark: World Press Freedom Day)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5110-- Grant period: 12/01/2010 - 07/31/2011; goal: To support bringing World Press Freedom Day to the United States for the first time.
University of Southern California (Earmark: Knight Digital Media Center)75,000.00340--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5516-- Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2013; goal: To conduct and disseminate research on the potential economic benefits of naturalization on the wages of immigrants in the U.S. and an analysis of the individual costs to achieve this goal.
University of Montana Foundation (Earmark: University of Montana: Reznet)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4146-- Grant period: 09/01/2007 - 08/31/2009; goal: To expand Reznet into a multimedia Native news site and integrate multimedia into all its training University of Montana professor Dennis McAuliffe, Jr. is a leader in journalism education for Native Americans. He created Reznet, which trains Native American journalism students while paying them to work on Reznet’s online news site, and requiring them to apply for internships. While the mainstream media continues to struggle with the lack of diversity in its newsrooms, an even greater void exists in the online journalism world. The web site, www.reznetnews.org will be enhanced, making it more interactive with user-generated content and social networking, and will be promoted virally and through other means. To change that they will integrate more multimedia into Reznet’s training and by doing so, help what was once an online “school paper’’ evolve into a mainstream multimedia Native news site.
St. Louis Beacon (Earmark: St. Louis Beacon)90,000.00329--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4503-- Grant period: 12/01/2008 - 06/30/2010; goal: To expand the local reporting staff of the St. Louis Beacon and provide a viable alternative site for local news.
The Paley Center for Media (Earmark: The Paley Center for Media)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4193-- Grant period: 09/01/2007 - 08/31/2008; goal: To hold a series of meetings to explore alternative economic models for independent documentaries and other investigative journalism The digital revolution, which is strengthening ease of production in documentary video, might provide better ways to distribute and pay for documentaries. This grant will enable the Paley Center for Media to hold three forums in New York to explore ways to expand the reach and effectiveness of documentaries. The first forum will bring together a group of foundations that support documentaries on social issues with the goal of exploring how they can collaborate. The second forum will convene media companies that broadcast documentaries, as well as Internet companies and other production and content distributors. The third forum will convene representatives of the creative community, journalists and leading documentary filmmakers and producers. Participants will discuss the potential of new funding and distribution models that were identified during the first two forums. By holding these forums, it is expected to create a new fund or a new model to support documentary films and distribution; an agreement to explore topics that receive little coverage; and an agreement on better and more targeted marketing using technology to engage audiences. The grant aims to expand the […].
National Association of Black Journalists (Earmark: National Association of Black Journalists)30,000.00394--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3931-- Grant period: 11/01/2005 - 11/01/2006; goal: To support six midcareer African American journalists covering Liberia's election.
The New School (Earmark: Journalism + Design)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6337-- Grant period: 04/01/2014 - 04/30/2016; goal: To pilot Journalism + Design, a new bachelor's degree and minor, at The New School that will teach journalism through a design methodology and mindset.
MinnPost (Earmark: MinnPost)105,000.00305--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4504-- Grant period: 12/01/2008 - 06/30/2010; goal: To expand the local reporting capacity of MinnPost.com and provide a viable alternate local news site.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: U.S.-Russian Young Journalists Exchange)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5340-- Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 09/30/2013; goal: To pilot a U.S.-Russian Young Journalists Exchange Program.
Americas Business Council Foundation (Earmark: 10 Questions: Brazil)30,000.00394--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4955-- Grant period: 11/01/2010 - 10/31/2011; goal: To adapt and implement the "10Questions" platform in Brazil's presidential election as a first step to bringing the system to Latin America.
Obvious Engineering (Earmark: Seene)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5006-- Grant period: 03/19/2014 - 03/19/2015; goal: Seene app enables 3D photography from mobile phones. Seene 2 offers photography fans an alternative to Lytro and Google Camera for creating realistic depth­of­field effects such as lens blur and tilt­shift that can be interactively applied to refocus the image after it’s been taken. Seene uses computer vision algorithms to understand the world in 3D. The app has been downloaded 1.5 million times since its launch in October 2013. Our goal is to become the universal way people capture 3D content and put the data to work. We have offices in London and San Francisco.
Philadelphia's Children First Fund (Earmark: Philadelphia's Children First Fund)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4137-- Grant period: 08/01/2007 - 08/01/2008; goal: To launch the first phase of merging Philadelphia's new Media Clubs into the regular ongoing operations of the school district This is a companion to the George Washington University grant. Philadelphia’s Children First Fund is an independent nonprofit established by the School District of Philadelphia in 2003. It improves and enhances academic performance through district-approved programs. Through this grant, a full-time program manager will help create a total of 24 after-school media clubs by the end of the 2007-08 school year. Some 400 students will participate, using the Internet to produce student media seen by thousands. A new journalism course will be developed during the grant period and piloted during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic school years. After the grant period, the school district will integrate the journalism course into the high school curriculum and starting with the 2011-12 school year, the course will be offered to all 69 high schools. The George Washington and Philadelphia projects came about after a national survey funded in 2004 by Knight Foundation showed three quarters of America’s high school students said they did not know their First Amendment rights, or took them for granted, and that some 40 percent of the nation’s high […].
University of Nebraska Foundation (Earmark: Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Mobile Journalism)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5559-- Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2014; goal: To create the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Mobile Journalism.
Public Interest Productions (Earmark: News Challenge Bloggers)136,000.00282--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4159-- Grant period: 08/01/2007 - 08/01/2009; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: For a public education campaign to highlight community news innovation, featuring the Knight News Challenge winners Ten winners of the first year News Challenge were awarded $15,000 each through Public Interest Productions, to blog about their media innovation subject areas.
Akron Development Corporation (Earmark: BioMedical Corridor Development)74,000.00348--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5828-- Grant period: 04/01/2013 - 03/31/2014; goal: To develop a strategy that engages business and non-profits in greater Akron around the creation and implementation of a BioMedical Corridor. The Akron BioMedical Corridor, located in downtown Akron and established in 2006, brings together three nationally known hospitals (Akron General Medical Center, Akron Children's Hospital and Summa Health System), the unique Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA), the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and a world-leading biomaterial center at the University of Akron. The Corridor also hosts the Akron Global Business Accelerator, the winner of the 2008 National Business Incubation Association Incubator Innovation Award, which provides low cost space coupled with effective, hands-on, business development support, including: business planning, networking with key collaborators and customers, access to legal and accounting services as well as access to capital. A key component of the Corridor is the Akron BioInvestments Funds, which provides access to grants and loans to appropriate companies.
University of Missouri Columbia (Earmark: University of Missouri Columbia)105,000.00305--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4175-- Grant period: 08/01/2007 - 05/31/2009; goal: To study how the effectiveness of online-only news sources compares with online sites of traditional news organizations This project brings together the nation’s top experts in content analysis from three well-known journalism schools with a leader in the field of online news audience research. Esther Thorson, acting dean at the University of Missouri-Columbia and director of research for the Reynolds Journalism Institute there, is directing this project. During this grant, an academic team, led by the University of Missouri School of Journalism, will develop a comprehensive description of alternative community news models in the United States. The variety of new digital media news sites in 52 cities will be analyzed for the type of stories they cover, to create a more complete picture of the scope and quality of emerging digital news in these cities. The final report from the project would provide a more comprehensive picture of alternative community news innovations.
Aspen Institute (Earmark: FOCAS 2013-14)500,000.0074--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5799-- Grant period: 03/30/2013 - 12/31/2014; goal: To support the 2013-14 Forum on Communication and Society at the Aspen Institute, focused on the the theme of open government.
MinnPost (Earmark: Knight Local Media Initiative)600,000.0063--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6291-- Grant period: 03/01/2014 - 03/31/2016; goal: To support a joint project between MinnPost and Voice of San Diego to develop and share new ways to engage and monetize membership, as part of the Knight Local Media Initiative.
Chi-Town Daily News (Earmark: Chi-Town Daily News)95,000.00326--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4505-- Grant period: 12/01/2008 - 06/30/2011; goal: To expand the local reporting capacity of Chi-Town Daily News and provide a viable alternate local news site.
Tides Center (Earmark: Huffington Post Investigative Fund via Tides Fdn.)15,000.00425--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5028-- Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2011; goal: To support the Huffington Post Investigative Fund in lieu of an honorarium for Arianna Huffington to speak at the Media Learning Seminar on February 28, 2011.
voiceofsandiego.org (Earmark: Voice of San Diego)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4509-- Grant period: 12/01/2008 - 06/30/2010; goal: To expand the local reporting capacity of Voice of San Diego and provide a viable alternate local news site.
George Washington University (Earmark: George Washington University)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4131-- Grant period: 08/01/2007 - 08/01/2010; goal: To launch the first phase of a new approach to starting student media by establishing Media Clubs in Philadelphia Retired Washington Post columnist Dorothy Gilliam is working with The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs to improve high school journalism. With Knight grants, GW developed the Prime Movers program, recruiting more experienced journalists, especially women and people of color, in partnership with young ones, to start or revitalize high school media, especially in schools with high populations of students of color. This grant will bring to a total 24 the number of media clubs created in Philadelphia high schools. Participating students will be taught by teachers trained by the Prime Movers program and mentored by Prime Mover-trained professional journalists and interns from Temple University’s School of Communications. It is expected that this program will create motivated mentors, get high school students of color interested in journalism careers and help retain young journalists in newsrooms, especially women and people of color.
Bay Area Video Coalition (Earmark: PBS Mediashift Idealab)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4152-- Grant period: 08/01/2007 - 12/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a section of the PBS MediaShift blog devoted to community news experiments.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: Chicas Poderosas)37,531.00388--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6219-- Grant period: 03/01/2014 - 09/30/2014; goal: The grant will support a Chicas Poderosas gathering in Miami to increase the number of women working in newsroom technology.
World Wide Workshop for Children's Media Technology & Learning (Earmark: Globaloria)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4921-- Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2011; goal: To expand the Globaloria Civics Track, a digital platform that lets students create their own web-games that focus on civics, news literacy and journalism topics.
Media Development Loan Fund (Earmark: Global Voices)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4728-- Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To support Global Voices' general operations.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: International Center for Journalists)12,098.00428--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4514-- Grant period: 12/01/2008 - 11/30/2009; goal: For a series of international journalism meetings through the global business journalism program at Tsinghua University in China.
Marshall University Research Corporation (Earmark: Marshall University Research Corporation)15,000.00425--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4161-- Grant period: 08/01/2007 - 08/01/2008; goal: To create a blog on covering nonprofits for Knight training alumni Professor Burnis Morris directs a program at Marshall University to train journalists how to cover nonprofits. Journalists and the public know little about nonprofits and philanthropy. Yet the U.S. nonprofit sector is the sixth largest economy in the world, with assets of $1.76 trillion. This grant will enable Professor Burnis Morris to create and run the first blog for journalists who cover nonprofits and philanthropy issues. Alumni from training courses at the University of Maryland’s Knight Center for Specialized Journalism will participate.
voiceofsandiego.org (Earmark: Knight Local Media Initiative)600,000.0063--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6290-- Grant period: 03/01/2014 - 03/31/2016; goal: To support a joint project between MinnPost and Voice of San Diego to develop and share new ways to engage and monetize membership, as part of the Knight Local Media Initiative.
Wesleyan University (Earmark: Wesleyan Media Project)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4930-- Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2011; goal: To support the Wesleyan Media Project's analysis of broadcast advertising during the 2010 election.
Tides Center (Earmark: NewsCloud)249,529.00166--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4449-- Grant period: 11/01/2008 - 10/31/2010; goal: For NewsCloud to create and launch two social media publications on Facebook to test strategies that leverage social media environments to engage youth in news and information.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Nieman Labs)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4607-- Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 10/31/2012; goal: To expand coverage on Nieman Labs of new business models for news, media innovation and community news experiments.
Georgetown University (Earmark: Georgetown University: Our Courts First Amendment)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4438-- Grant period: 10/01/2008 - 10/31/2009; goal: To help Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Our Courts digital learning initiative create an interactive First Amendment learning module for middle-school students.
Community Initiatives (Earmark: The Bay Citizen)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4711-- Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To help launch the The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit, nonpartisan member-supported news organization providing in-depth original reporting for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Participatory Culture Foundation (Earmark: Participatory Culture Foundation: Miro Local TV Platform)589,000.0069--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4420-- Grant period: 10/01/2008 - 10/31/2010; goal: To create 17 open-source community video news sites that tap into public access television's structure and audience using a template that could be repeated in other communities to create local video news sites.
Marshall University Research Corporation (Earmark: Marshall University Research Corporation)166,667.00247--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3880-- Grant period: 11/01/2005 - 11/01/2006; goal: To move training for journalists who cover nonprofit organizations to Marshall University Many journalists know little about nonprofits, though they make up the third major sector of the economy. In 2003, for example, giving by the nation’s nearly 65,000 grant-making foundations totaled nearly $30 billion. Professor Burnis Morris has been training journalists how to cover nonprofits since 2001 under Knight Foundation sponsorship. The program, previously run at the University of Mississippi, is now at Marshall, where Morris is the Carter G. Woodson Professor. This grant will expand his program with traveling training and web efforts, so it can reach hundreds more journalists who want to cover nonprofits more effectively.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (Earmark: New digital tools to help veterans)500,076.0073--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6280-- Grant period: 03/01/2014 - 03/01/2015; goal: To support new data tools and mobile technology for informing veterans and the public about veterans' issues.
University of Southern California (Earmark: Knight Digital Media Center)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5301-- Grant period: 09/01/2011 - 10/31/2012; goal: To plan the expansion of the Knight Digital Media Center at USC and create a new curriculum to increase the leadership and impact of Knight Community Information grantees and ethnic media.
TCC Group (Earmark: Journalism Training)450,000.0080--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4068-- Grant period: 07/01/2007 - 07/31/2009; goal: To train journalism leaders and strengthen their nonprofit professional groups The TCC Group is a 25-year-old for-profit management consulting firm that works with funders and nonprofit organizations. During the next two years, this project will strengthen from 24 to 28 journalism and nonprofit groups, selected by Knight and a partnership of three other funders, by building their organizational and fund-raising capacity through technical assistance and capacity and challenge grants. These groups will include a mix of those working in Knight priority areas. By the end of the grant period, it is expected that each of the organizations will have strengthened its leadership, increased its organizational capacity and diversified its sources of funding, particularly from individuals, to promote greater sustainability. TCC will analyze their strengths and results and document success stories. Ultimately, the project hopes to strengthen these groups, which have been an important part of the professionalism of journalism in the United States.
The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (Earmark: Tow-Knight Center in Entrepreneurial Journalism)3,020,000.009--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4909-- Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 10/31/2015; goal: To establish the nation's most intensive program of its kind at the City University of New York with the Tow-Knight Center in Entrepreneurial Journalism.
World Wide Web Foundation (Earmark: W3F: World Wide Web Foundation)5,000,000.003--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4436-- Grant period: 09/15/2008 - 10/31/2013; goal: To be the first funder of the World Wide Web Foundation, thereby helping it raise subsequent funding for an endowment.
WNYC Radio (Earmark: Taking Radio 'Out of the Box')600,000.0063--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4081-- Grant period: 07/01/2007 - 01/31/2012; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To improve a city's awareness of its arts and culture by bringing more diverse voices to WNYC public radio using a new type of interactive web site To improve a city’s awareness of its arts and culture by bringing more diverse voices to WNYC public radio using a new type of interactive web site. WNYC will use social networking and social engagement tools to “take radio out of the box” and change it from a one-way to a multi-directional conversation. WNYC will create a new portal for cultural news, trends and events, using the tools of e-mail, audio, video, live events, user-initiated meet-ups and social networking. It will create an interactive, noncommercial, social networking platform built around users’ interest in cultural events. It will give listeners an ownership stake in the development of content, while also sharing its expertise with the audience. WNYC will partner with several dozen cultural organizations in NYC, including The New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center, The Met Opera Guild, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, Studio Museum of Harlem, Queens Museum, Museo del Barrio, Asia Society, and Harlem Chamber of Commerce. WNYC will work with many smaller community-based arts and […].
Americas Business Council Foundation (Earmark: 10Questions Mobile)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5483-- Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 11/30/2013; goal: To create 10Questions mobile app and pilot test it in the Mexican presidential election.
National Constitution Center (Earmark: National Constitution Center)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4713-- Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 11/30/2010; goal: To support the priorities of the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution at the Constitution Center.
University of California, Berkeley (Earmark: Knight Digital Media Center)2,800,000.0013--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4136-- Grant period: 07/01/2007 - 07/31/2012; goal: To speed the news industry's digital transformation by increasing the number and impact of multimedia workshops offered by the Knight Digital Media Center News leaders agree that the fundamentals of journalism – who a journalist is, what a story and a new medium are, and why we interact with audiences the way we do – have been upended. Journalists need to be able to make the leap to a web-first, web-centric environment. And they also need to bring along with them the fair, accurate, contextual search for the truth that defines their role in democracy. The new demand for this work offers new opportunities for the Knight Digital Media Center to leverage change in the industry. This grant will help to expand their multimedia training workshops, add new seminars on emerging technology and increase both distance-learning and on-site training for newsrooms. All activities will be marketed and branded under the banner of the Knight Digital Media Center. Program participants will return to their newsrooms with multimedia storytelling skills; an understanding of digital technology; an ability to teach others and a new mindset that will make them leaders in making the transformational changes newsrooms need to survive and thrive in the […].
The Ohio State University Foundation (Earmark: The Ohio State University)31,000.00393--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4717-- Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 12/31/2010; goal: To create and distribute a series of video stories about the importance of information flow, following the launch of the Knight Commission on Information Needs in a Democracy.
Guide (Earmark: Gui.de)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4985-- Grant period: 02/05/2013 - Invalid date; goal: Gui.de is a new engaging format for online news that gives all publishers, from bloggers to large news companies, the ability to offer their audiences a video experience Guide is a software company focused on turning online news, social streams and blogs into video for on-the-go consumption. Its multiplatform app, Guide, using latest generation avatar and text-to-speech technology to turn traditional web content into an audio-visual stream for curation and consumption on-the-go.
The Paley Center for Media (Earmark: The Paley Center for Media)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4465-- Grant period: 09/01/2008 - 12/31/2008; goal: To hold two forums on how to use new technologies to increase the reach and impact of independent and investigative journalism documentaries.
Submittable (Earmark: Submittable)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4984-- Grant period: 02/05/2013 - Invalid date; goal: Submittable enables publishers to collect, review and charge for submissions of text, video and pictures, providing better, more timely responses to audience generated content. Here’s how it works: Once content arrives in the system, Submittable’s sorting, filtering, and ranking features make it easy to curate and take action on the incoming work. Multiple editors or readers can view, comment, and rank submissions. The software also helps publishers create value by putting a small charge - usually no more than what the post office charges to send a letter - on the submission process. This increase quality, decreases spam and creates revenue for the presently undervalued editorial skill sets.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Harvard University)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4356-- Grant period: 09/01/2008 - 09/30/2009; goal: To promote independent journalism through the creation of an annual I.F. Stone award.
University of Southern California (Earmark: Knight Digital Media Center)2,400,000.0018--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4138-- Grant period: 07/01/2007 - 07/31/2011; goal: To speed the news industry's digital transformation by increasing the leadership workshops and special topic seminars offered by the Knight Digital Media Center With this grant, the Knight Digital Media Center will speed the news industry’s digital transformation by increasing its leadership workshops and special topic seminars. The center will reach 100 journalists directly with its new work. They, in turn, will change newsrooms populated by thousands of other journalists and change media seem by millions of Americans. Specifically, center alumni will learn how to gain understanding of how to better cover news online, and gain tools for managing change and transformation in newsrooms.
The American University (Earmark: Knight-Batten Awards @ J-Lab)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5245-- Grant period: 09/01/2011 - 11/30/2012; goal: To continue J-Lab's programs at American University in 2011, including the Knight-Batten Awards.
SnagFilms LLC (Earmark: SnagFilms)210,000.00195--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4373-- Grant period: 09/01/2008 - 08/31/2011; goal: To create a new digital distribution platform for documentary films.
Catalytic Diplomacy (Earmark: I.F. Stone and journalistic independence)25,000.00399--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6282-- Grant period: 02/28/2014 - 02/27/2015; goal: To support a short, high-quality, 8-minute video on journalistic independence, introducing a new generation to the iconic investigative journalist and author I.F. Stone.
Sunlight Foundation (Earmark: National Data Apps)1,216,678.0042--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4967-- Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 10/31/2012; goal: To create a suite of National Data Apps - platforms and tools for delivering federal data to the public.
Poetica (Earmark: Poetica)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5004-- Grant period: 02/18/2014 - 02/18/2015; goal: Poetica is a seamless way to get feedback on anything you've written, from friends, colleagues or anyone else who can help improve your words. Upload your text to Poetica's browser-based editor and give and receive feedback as if you'd printed your writing off and marked it up with a pen.
University of California, Berkeley (Earmark: Oakland Jazz Scene Game)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4084-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 06/30/2008; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To complete the development and public launch of the game "Saving 7th Street: The Oakland Jazz & Blues Clubs" Re-creating Oakland’s once vibrant jazz and blues club scene as an online video game and virtual world. The game will allow players to experience the club scene as it was in its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, before it fell victim to redevelopment schemes and urban decay. Goals: “Reconnecting residents of a community to their history and cultural heritage through video game technology and storytelling.”.
Out of Eden Walk (Earmark: Storytelling: Out of Eden)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5806-- Grant period: 02/01/2013 - 02/01/2015; goal: To support experimentation with new long-form storytelling tools and approaches during Paul Salopek's 7-year journalistic walk around the world. From 2013 to 2020, writer Paul Salopek is recreating that epic journey on foot, starting at humankind’s birthplace in Ethiopia and ending at the southern tip of South America, where our forebears ran out of horizon. Along the way he is engaging with the major stories of our time — from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival — by walking alongside the people who inhabit these headlines every day. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is also seeking the quieter, hidden stories of people who rarely make the news.
Tides Center (Earmark: Tides Center)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4295-- Grant period: 09/01/2008 - 01/31/2009; goal: To increase the coordination of independent media development and journalism training internationally.
Tides Center (Earmark: Placeblogger)222,000.00191--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4095-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 03/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To make it easier for people to find hyperlocal news and information about their city or neighborhood through promotion of "universal geotagging" in blogs To make it easier for people to find hyperlocal news and information about their city or neighborhood through promotion of “universal geotagging” in blogs. Goals: “Placeblogger wants to make it so simple to know what’s fresh, interesting and compelling about where you are right now, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.”.
Tab Media (Earmark: Tab Media)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5003-- Grant period: 02/12/2014 - 02/12/2015; goal: Online news by, about and for university students.
Tides Center (Earmark: Huffington Post Investigative Fund)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4718-- Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To support developing both innovative business plans and innovative digital content delivery for investigative reporting through the hybrid model at Huffington Post Investigative Fund.
Louisiana State University Foundation (Earmark: LSU: Multicultural Student Leadership Conference)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4080-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 04/30/2008; goal: To increase multicultural journalism education through a conference that will create a best practices book and a popular web site.
Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (Earmark: Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3568-- Grant period: 10/01/2005 - 10/01/2007; goal: To support the launch of the Media Academy, a program that trains entry-level editorial and business managers.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Citizen Media Law Project)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4086-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 09/30/2008; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a 50-state database that will contain legal actions against citizen journalists, as well as state-specific legal guides The Citizen Media Law Project, a joint venture between Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Center for Citizen Media, is creating a set of online resources for citizen journalists. This will include state and federal legal guides; advice on business formation; and a database of lawsuits, subpoenas and legal threats involving citizen media.
Ithaca College (Earmark: Digital News 'Incubators')230,000.00181--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4091-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 07/31/2009; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create "incubators" at seven academic institutions to foster creative thinking about solutions to digital news problems Create ‘incubators’ at seven academic institutions to foster creative thinking about solutions to digital news problems. The schools are: Michigan State, University of Kansas, Kansas State, Western Kentucky University, Ithaca College, University of Nevada-Las Vegas and St. Michael’s College.
Community Foundation of New Jersey (Earmark: Knight Local Media Initiative)300,000.0095--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6252-- Grant period: 02/01/2014 - 02/28/2016; goal: To support business development at NJ Spotlight, enabling strategic investment towards sustainability and journalistic excellence, as part of the Knight Local Media Initiative.
New York University (Earmark: The Local: East Village)203,800.00199--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4931-- Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2012; goal: To provide start-up support for a community-engaged hyperlocal news and information site, The Local: East Village.
Media Mobilizing Project (Earmark: Media Mobilizing Project of Philadelphia)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4099-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 03/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To develop online digital newscasts for Philadelphia's immigrant community and to distribute them via the new citywide wireless platform Project: To develop online digital newscasts for Philadelphia’s immigrant community and to distribute them via the new citywide wireless platform. Goals: “We aim to utilize Wireless Philadelphia to empower immigrant communities with tools to represent themselves.”.
The Tor Project (Earmark: The Tor Project)30,000.00394--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6256-- Grant period: 02/01/2014 - 03/30/2014; goal: To support the online security training of journalists at the annual Tor Developers meeting.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: Innovation Challenge for Africa)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5552-- Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 10/31/2013; goal: To establish Africa's first continental innovation challenge focused on digital and data-driven media experimentation Winners will receive cash grants ranging from $12,500 to $100,000, as well as additional technology and business development support. They will also have access to a dedicated AMI CivicTech code lab, for technical advice, start-up support and one-on-one mentoring from the world’s top media experts.
World Wide Web Foundation (Earmark: W3F: World Wide Web Foundation)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4435-- Grant period: 08/01/2008 - 04/30/2009; goal: To support the creation and launch of the World Wide Web Foundation.
New York Academy of Medicine (Earmark: New York Academy of Medicine)25,000.00399--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4144-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 06/30/2008; goal: To create global agreement of the responsibilities of government and media during disasters that threaten public health.
Tides Center (Earmark: NewsCloud)249,942.00165--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4668-- Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 04/30/2011; goal: To launch and support twelve news organizations on NewsCloud's Facebook community application platform.
Citizens Union Foundation (Earmark: NY News Games)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4085-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 09/30/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To use "news games" to tell stories and engage a nonprofit news organization's audience. Gotham Gazette will produce at least three “news games” each year, for two years. The games will focus on life and problems in New York City. They will put the players into the shoes of decision-makers. Using real information about civic life, each game will show players how key decisions can change the course of a community. The choices individuals make will be tallied and available on the web site. Those choices, as well as players’ ideas and comments, will be presented to relevant public officials for further discussion. Gotham Gazette also will partner with community organizations to hold public forums with citizens, civic leaders, policy experts and city officials to discuss the results. Gotham Gazette will seek assistance from Knight News Challenge gaming experts in New York City, especially the Parsons School of Design, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in game design. Tentative games are: The Garbage Game, where player have to juggle cost, environmental impact and fairness to find a way to handle the city’s garbage problem. Players will become their household garbage and follow the route it takes. Emergencies, where players will […].
Tides Center (Earmark: Boulder Carbon Tax Tracker)89,874.00331--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4096-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 09/30/2008; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a citizen/professional journalism project using innovative web tools and citizen journalism practices to track Boulder's implementation of a carbon tax Create a citizen/professional journalism project using innovative web tools and citizen journalism practices to track Boulder, Colo.’s, implementation of a carbon tax.
American Documentary (Earmark: POV Digital Initiatives Project)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6263-- Grant period: 02/01/2014 - 02/28/2015; goal: To support the POV Digital Initiatives Project to help documentary filmmakers experiment with digital/mobile storytelling. Building on POV’s digital track record, $75,000 of the Knight Foundation funding will go to two promising media projects that push the boundaries of nonfiction media in the digital age. The projects will receive technical and creative support to take them from idea to prototype to a finished product. With the balance of the support, POV will offer a yearlong fellowship to a technologist and continue its nonfiction media hackathon labs. The chosen fellow will develop digital and mobile tools for nonfiction media makers. Since 2012, the POV Hackathon labs have gathered media makers and technologists to collaborate and develop new innovations in documentary for the Web. In 2014, POV will organize two labs in New York and for the first time hold a lab in Los Angeles.
Momoko Ito Foundation (Earmark: Safecast)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5274-- Grant period: 09/01/2011 - 08/31/2012; goal: To establish Safecast, a network of sensor devices to collect crowd-based submissions of data about the environment.
The University of Texas at El Paso (Earmark: The University of Texas at El Paso: BorderZine)412,200.0083--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4325-- Grant period: 07/01/2008 - 07/31/2011; goal: To create BorderZine, a bilingual online news magazine, to train Latino journalism students nationwide.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Earmark: The School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation of North Carolina)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4100-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 07/31/2008; goal: To expand Knight Chair activities to digital media, and hold an annual high-profile conference to amplify the chair's work.
Editor & Publisher (Earmark: Editor & Publisher's Interactive Media Conference)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4102-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 07/31/2009; goal: For a high-profile Interactive Media Conference in Miami during which the winners of the Knight News Challenge will also be announced Executives, editors, and publishers from leading media Web sites at this renowned forum, now in its 20th year, for an in-depth discussion of critical new-media challenges facing traditional media companies. The Interactive Media Conference, hosted by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek, will also feature the 14th-annual EPpy Awards, honoring the best media-company Web sites. Online entry coming soon to www.eppyawards.com.
The Real News Network (Earmark: The Real News Network)249,950.00164--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4602-- Grant period: 11/01/2009 - 10/31/2011; goal: To develop a video-news publishing and audience interaction platform that combines interactivity, social media and context to engage its audience in story selection, user contributions and recommended content Real News Network is a nonprofit 501(c)3 founded in 2005, a viewer-supported online video-news service. Its mission is to engage viewers in solving community problems. It provides video journalism that presents facts, history and context, while allowing interactivity and social networking. The Real News Network – with its 2 million views per month and 9 million views on YouTube – provides an opportunity to experiment with an online news-video model with a significant audience. This grant will develop an innovative platform that allows interactivity between citizens and journalists and engages its audience through the use of social media and context. We expect the platform to become a model of open-source integration of online publishing software and social networking services. It can be used by anyone who wants to tell stories with video and create a community of news consumers interested in solving community problems.
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (Earmark: Online Giving Technology)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5744-- Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013; goal: To support the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation's leadership role in the use of online giving technologies and to spread the knowledge and best practices they acquire to other Knight community foundations.
Institute for Nonprofit News (Earmark: Community Journalism Executive Training (CJET) program)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5577-- Grant period: 06/10/2012 - 06/10/2013; goal: To host a summit and training for nonprofit news organizations, in partnership with the Knight Digital Media Center The Community Journalism Executive Training (CJET) program, to be held October 18 - 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. and hosted at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, is made possible by support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The $100,000 grant allows INN to produce the program and fund attendance for 40 executives from journalism producers around the country. The attendees will be joined by 10 mentors, entrepreneurs and executives with experience in running successful technology, media and digital news operations.
Channel One Network (Earmark: Channel One Network: Five Freedoms)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4699-- Grant period: 11/01/2009 - 10/31/2010; goal: To revamp and test Five Freedoms, a new approach to teaching high school students about the First Amendment.
Pacific News Service (Earmark: Pacific News Service)75,000.00340--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3856-- Grant period: 10/01/2005 - 10/01/2006; goal: To link mainstream and ethnic media for investigative reporting projects.
University of Maryland (Earmark: University of Maryland)70,000.00349--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4130-- Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 05/31/2008; goal: To study the transition of U.S. journalism schools into the digital future and sponsor a conference to help Chinese media create sustainable business models.
Hampton University (Earmark: Center for Digital Media Innovation)245,000.00171--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6237-- Grant period: 02/01/2014 - 08/30/2016; goal: To create a pilot of the Center for Digital Media Innovation to expose minority students to new journalism practices and make them more attractive to employers.
Texas Christian University (Earmark: Texas Christian University)25,000.00399--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4704-- Grant period: 10/31/2009 - 10/31/2010; goal: To retrain Schieffer School faculty and media professionals in digital and multi-media story-telling in lieu of an honorarium for Bob Schieffer to speak at the Media Learning Seminar III.
Community Foundation of New Jersey (Earmark: Hurricane Sandy Inform and Engage Fund)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5797-- Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 01/01/2015; goal: To show why media projects should be part of disaster relief funds by creating the Hurricane Sandy Inform and Engage Fund At its core, this is the goal of the Inform and Engage Fund: to recognize the role that reliable, accessible news plays in the health and well-being of New Jersey’s communities as they recover from Hurricane Sandy. The fund also has collaboration as part of its DNA. It is born from collaboration among funders: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Knight Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation and our own TPF. In seeking applicants, we’ve made clear that projects focused on collaboration and partnership will get preference when it comes to funding. Applicants for funding include legacy news organizations who are challenging their old reputations as lone wolves, not team players; start-up, entrepreneurial projects that are driven by the passion and creativity of one person or a team; public media seeking to move their journalism into action; and universities seeking to feed knowledge into all of these efforts through research and continuing education.
University of California, Berkeley (Earmark: Knight Digital Media Center)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5349-- Grant period: 06/01/2012 - 10/31/2013; goal: To support the Knight Digital Media Center's operational costs during the planning of its transformation into a revamped and self-sustaining program The Knight Digital Media Center offers workshops to mid-career journalists to enhance their expertise and multimedia skills. Our goal is to provide the foundation of technical skills and story-telling techniques required by New Media platforms. We are housed at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. We also provide tutorials and video presentations from industry experts. The Knight Digital Media Center was launched in April 2006 to focus on helping journalists succeed in the rapidly changing media landscape of the 21st Century. It is built on the foundation of the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism which trained more than 750 professional journalists between 2000 and 2006, as well as providing at least 75,000 more journalists with access to resources and online training opportunities through the efforts of its fellows.
World Press Freedom Committee (Earmark: World Press Freedom Committee)140,000.00279--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4608-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 01/01/2012; goal: To strengthen the monitoring of global threats to press freedom and facilitate a merger with Freedom House As the Irvine Foundation and others report, strategic restructuring — including mergers, back-office consolidations and joint ventures — are an increasingly popular option for nonprofits facing stiff competition, rising community needs and decreasing funds. This grant will allow the World Press Freedom Committee, an early grantee of Knight Foundation, to continue its most important activity as it restructures. For 30 years, the committee has carefully monitored global groups such as the United Nations and UNESCO and campaigned for the free flow of information. Its work helped overcome attempts to radically limit press freedom internationally. The committee seeks to secure the future of this monitoring work by merging with Freedom House, a larger, better financed NGO with a compatible mission. Freedom House publishes the most important international guide to press freedom.
The American University (Earmark: J-Lab)2,400,000.0018--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4375-- Grant period: 07/01/2008 - 11/30/2011; goal: To expand J-Lab's activities, while increasing institutional support for J-Lab by moving it to American University.
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: American Society of Newspaper Editors)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3859-- Grant period: 10/01/2005 - 10/01/2006; goal: To expand national Sunshine Week in 2006 to help raise public awareness and support for open government issues.
Public Allies (Earmark: Diverse Homegrown Leadership Development)75,000.00340--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6128-- Grant period: 09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014; goal: To support the creation of a new strategy to develop diverse homegrown leadership for greater national and local impact.
MIT Media Lab (Earmark: Knight-MIT Civic Media Conference)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5580-- Grant period: 06/01/2012 - 06/01/2013; goal: To host the annual Knight-MIT Civic Media Conference in June, 2012.
Syracuse University (Earmark: Syracuse University)225,000.00184--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4073-- Grant period: 05/01/2007 - 05/01/2010; goal: To create a permanently expanding and independent source of federal government information for journalists and citizens by making TRACFED, a database project, self-sustaining.
Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (Earmark: Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4105-- Grant period: 05/01/2007 - 03/31/2009; goal: To integrate multimedia into all the Maynard Institute's training.
Digital Democracy (Earmark: Digital Democracy)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5787-- Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 01/31/2015; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: For developing a mobile toolkit and training low-technology communities to collect and share information In remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon, where mining and oil drilling are impacting the environment, health and economies of indigenous communities, residents lack the tools to collect and report these events to the outside world. Digital Democracy, a nonprofit that builds community technology capacity in marginalized communities, will create and combine existing open software to produce a tool kit communities can use to share their stories and make informed choices. The team will work with local partners in the Peruvian Amazon to deploy and test the tool kit and train residents in its use.
Rochester Institute of Technology (Earmark: Digital Journalism Incubator)148,171.00275--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6133-- Grant period: 09/01/2013 - 08/31/2015; goal: To support the multidisciplinary “Digital Journalism Incubator” and to develop a model for co-teaching, co-listing and co-learning for journalism education.
PolicyMic (Earmark: PolicyMic)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4979-- Grant period: 05/29/2012 - 05/29/2013; goal: PolicyMic is an online media network that redefines engagement with the news. On PolicyMic, the more you respond to articles, share your ideas, and accumulate credibility from others, the more you'll be able to do and say. PolicyMic has built a unique, dynamic, growing community with diverse political viewpoints that encourages ongoing discussion and engagement.
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies (Earmark: The Poynter Institute for Media Studies)1,440,000.0038--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4341-- Grant period: 07/01/2008 - 07/31/2013; goal: To extend Poynter's NewsU e-training into all newsrooms in the United States and focus new classes on digital training.
Duke Student Publishing Company (Earmark: NextNewsRoom Project)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4083-- Grant period: 05/01/2007 - 03/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To plan an "ideal newsroom" for the digital news era Project: The Chronicle staff will plan an “ideal newsroom” for the digital news era and create an online resource for student newspapers and other news organizations looking to bring their facilities up to date with new media trends. Goals: “We want to prepare future generations of journalists and consumers for an era of constantly changing media choices.”.
Chute (Earmark: Chute)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4978-- Grant period: 05/17/2012 - Invalid date; goal: Chute is dramatically lowering the cost of collecting visual media and converting it into usable information. Existing information providers can use Chute to empower their audience as media creators. Developers can build new tools to manipulate media in innovative ways. Chute can play a particularly important role for smaller information providers for whom the cost of developing mobile apps and integrating user generated content has proved largely prohibitive to date.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Earmark: Digital Media Incubator at PNI)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5302-- Grant period: 08/01/2011 - 07/31/2013; goal: To launch a digital media incubator in Philadelphia, the fourth largest media market in the United States Ben Franklin Technology Partners has received a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to launch the incubator with Philadelphia Media Network, Inc. (PMN), owner and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and philly.com. The strategic partnership will also include Drexel University, DreamIt Ventures and the Philadelphia Foundation. Set to begin operation in September 2011, the program will provide four startup or early stage technology companies with a minimum of six months of office space -- at PMN’s offices at 400 North Broad Street – technical and administrative support, mentoring, and access to the Philly.com platform for launching their digital media “apps” or related products. While Philadelphia Media Network will host the incubator and provide Philly.com as a platform for launching the new products, Ben Franklin Technology Partners will provide mentoring and strategic business counsel to the startups. Drexel University will provide graduate and undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to work with and move freely between the startup companies and PMN’s established media business. BFTP also will work with DreamIt Ventures, a nationally-renowned Philadelphia-based startup accelerator program, […].
The Center for Public Integrity (Earmark: Center for Public Integrity)1,700,000.0029--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4739-- Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 10/31/2012; goal: To complete the digital transformation at the Center for Public Integrity.
Duke University (Earmark: Duke University)76,000.00339--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4133-- Grant period: 05/01/2007 - 05/01/2008; goal: For a high-profile debate of ''trial by media" in the aftermath of the Duke lacrosse case.
Learning Matters (Earmark: Learning Matters)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4820-- Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2012; goal: To create a new, more sustainable model for Learning Matters and support coverage of the important educational issue of digital and media literacy.
Five Freedoms Project (Earmark: Five Freedoms Project)184,550.00240--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4035-- Grant period: 05/01/2007 - 09/30/2008; goal: To launch a new organization dedicated to bringing First Amendment education to America's schools through web-based lesson plans, Five Freedoms media clubs and a Leadership Academy that will develop a handbook for school leaders.
Regents of the University of Minnesota (Earmark: Playing the News)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4087-- Grant period: 05/01/2007 - 06/30/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a flexible-format reality-based newsgame that focuses on community issues Playing the News is a news simulation environment which lets citizens play through a complex, evolving news story through interaction with the newsmakers. Goals: “We hope to imagine a new way to compile and display the development of complex news events.” Nora Paul and the Institute for New Media Studies will provide a game prototype that uses community-based “scenario builder” and “dialog builder” tools that will allow community leaders, game makers and journalists to develop games using real community issues. Paul will create guidelines and documentation so that others can more quickly develop issues scenarios for games about their communities. She will blog about the game platform project and will write a final report explaining the process. Specifically, Paul will produce a script for the platform, a functional version of the simulation, a news-scenario-building procedures manual, a technical design document, technology documentation, a website for product building and testing and a user-friendly toolset that allows individuals to easily build news scenarios on the game platform. In addition, she will provide a demonstration version of a game based on the platform. The scenario builder and dialog builder software developed will […].
New America Foundation (Earmark: New America Foundation)225,000.00184--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4611-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: To create media policy ideas and advance the findings of the Knight Commission on the Information needs of Communities The New America Foundation is a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. It was founded in 1999 and it is headed by Steve Coll, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner for distinguished non fiction. New America is a new think tank model that uses the work of its fellows, digital media, innovative communication strategies and its network of media connections to analyze, explain and propose policy solutions to challenges on key issues being faced by the United States. The grantee will create a media policy fellowship program at the New America Foundation. They will create and distribute practical ideas for media reform. The grantee is expected to create ideas that can help set up the framework for a federal media reform that aims to bridge the digital divide and bring communities the information they need. In doing that, the grantee is expected to advance the recommendations made by the Knight Commission. By the end of the grant, policy reforms from Congress and the F.C.C. that arise from the work, ideas and recommendations of the program’s fellows are expected. Ultimately, this project aims to […].
Salzburg Seminar in American Studies (Earmark: Salzburg Academy Program on Media and Global Change)120,000.00298--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4108-- Grant period: 04/01/2007 - 04/01/2008; goal: To enable students and faculty from journalism schools in Latin America to study how global issues are covered differently in different countries through the new Salzburg Academy Program on Media and Global Change.
PBS Foundation (Earmark: PBS Engage)3,000,000.0010--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3740-- Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 02/28/2011; goal: To expand public affairs programming on public television by better connecting PBS to the citizens it serves through a highly interactive PBS Engage web site, and using the results of that effort as a catalyst for change within the system, transforming pu.
Middle Georgia Regional Commission (Earmark: Ga. Citizen Access)62,200.00352--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5783-- Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 01/31/2014; goal: To establish an effective two-way communication program between the community, elected officials, and Transition Task Force in order to develop a new, consolidated government that is focused on the needs of its citizens.
Queens University of Charlotte (Earmark: James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University)5,750,000.002--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4932-- Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 07/31/2014; goal: To name the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte and establish its special endowed mission of teaching digital and media literacy to students and the community.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: International Center for Journalists)4,405,000.005--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3765-- Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 09/01/2008; goal: To expand and improve the Knight International Press Fellowships.
ProPublica (Earmark: Experimentation with Umbel)24,000.00408--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6139-- Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013; goal: To support experimentation with Umbel, an analytics tool for understanding audience, to help inform journalism coverage and business development.
The Pennsylvania State University (Earmark: Pennsylvania State University)1,500,000.0035--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3825-- Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 09/20/2007; goal: To endow a Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society Penn State, located in the Knight community of State College, is one of the nation’s largest universities. Its College of Communications, with 3,500 undergraduates, is the nation’s largest nationally accredited journalism and communications program. In 2003 Penn State launched the Center for Sports Journalism to explore issues in sports journalism through teaching, research and outreach. It offers four undergraduate courses in sports writing, sports broadcasting, sports information and sports, media and society. This grant will create a Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society who will direct the Center for Sports Journalism, develop new and innovative courses and areas of research. The chair will help lead efforts to improve sports journalism.
UNITY: Journalists of Color (Earmark: UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4347-- Grant period: 06/01/2008 - 07/31/2009; goal: To unite Knight's journalism grantees, and recruit for the foundation's programs and the Knight News Challenge.
Ball State University (Earmark: Ball State University)850,000.0053--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3830-- Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 07/31/2008; goal: To raise First Amendment appreciation, promote media literacy and encourage student media in high schools On Jan. 31, 2005, Knight released “The Future of the First Amendment,” a two-year, $1 million research project by the University of Connecticut. The national study, the largest of its kind, surveyed 112,000 students, nearly 8,000 teachers and more than 500 principals. It found that only half the nation’s high school students agree that the nation’s press should be able to publish without government interference. The survey reinforced support for Knight’s High School Journalism Initiative, which works with major journalism groups to help revitalize high school journalism and help students better understand the role of the First Amendment. With this grant, Ball State will train, coordinate and campaign to improve First Amendment education, use of news in classrooms and student media. It will hold workshops reaching 1,000 educators. It will coordinate meetings of scholastic media leaders and educators to find ways they can work together to change education policy. See firstamendment.jideas.org.
Texas Tribune (Earmark: Texas Tribune Kickstarter project)10,000.00431--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6275-- Grant period: 01/01/2014 - 06/01/2014; goal: To support the results of Texas Tribune's Kickstarter campaign to livestream the 2014 elections in Texas.
Own Local (Earmark: Own Local)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4961-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - Invalid date; goal: Own Local sells digital media services to small and medium businesses (SMBs) in partnership with local news publishers, enabling publishers to leverage their local brand and provide a one-stop shop for SMB digital services and improving revenue for small and regional publishers in particular.
University of Nebraska Foundation (Earmark: Journalism Dean's Mobile Media Fund)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5469-- Grant period: 05/01/2012 - 09/03/2013; goal: To fund digital news and information projects and experiments in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by creating the Mobile Media Fund.
Digital Innovations Group (Earmark: Digital Innovations Group: Games for Change Festival)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4355-- Grant period: 06/01/2008 - 07/31/2011; goal: To create a track at the annual Games for Change Festival that will increase the number and quality of News Games.
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies (Earmark: Journalism Training for UNITY Journalists)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4666-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 03/31/2011; goal: To promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism through subsidized training and operational support For decades, mass media scholars have argued that general-interest newsrooms work best when they reflect the communities they seek to serve. Yet members of key demographic groups – African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, women, and gay and lesbian journalists – are still not in newsrooms in the way they are in the general population. As the digital age causes the “creative destruction” of traditional media, newsroom diversity is shrinking, not growing. Yet the same digital age is creating many new individual opportunities for the most eager and entrepreneurial of these underrepresented journalists – if they have the right training. This grant creates a seven-way partnership between the nation’s most popular provider of journalism training, the Poynter Institute, and six professional journalism groups to offer training scholarships to worthy individuals. Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. The six participating journalism organizations are: National Association of […].
University of Missouri (Earmark: Committee of Concerned Journalists)2,280,000.0021--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3837-- Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 06/30/2011; goal: To establish a new home for the Committee of Concerned Journalists and move it toward self-sufficiency Since 1997, in conversations with thousands of journalists, the Committee of Concerned Journalists has crusaded on behalf of quality journalism as defined in the signature book, “The Elements of Journalism.” In 2001, a Knight pilot grant created the “Traveling Curriculum,’’ a training program designed to take the committee’s standard-setting work directly into newsrooms. The training, designed with teaching experts at Stanford University, has reached some 5,500 journalists from 100 news organizations. The web site, www.journalism.org, averages 32,000 unique visitors a month. Training sessions are followed by six-month reviews to push for and review tangible results. A formal assessment program by researchers at Stanford has established concrete changes at every newsroom to date. With this grant, the committee will move to the University of Missouri. There, it will train at least 4,000 additional journalists during the next three years as it develops a “fee for service” model for the training.
Native American Journalists Association (Earmark: Native American Journalists Association)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4694-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: To promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism through subsidized training and operational support.
The Bill of Rights Institute (Earmark: The Bill of Rights Institute: Constitution Day)95,000.00326--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4114-- Grant period: 04/01/2007 - 04/01/2008; goal: To teach young people about First Amendment freedoms by creating a special Constitution Day 2007 newspaper tabloid and online module in partnership with the Newspaper Association of America Foundation.
The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (Earmark: The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4695-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: To promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism through subsidized training and operational support.
Georgia Tech Research Corp (Earmark: Georgia Tech Research Corp: News Games Site)142,165.00278--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4342-- Grant period: 06/01/2008 - 07/31/2009; goal: To produce a web site studying and explaining News Games to help developers create more of them.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (Earmark: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press)2,500,000.0015--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3812-- Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 09/20/2010; goal: For an endowment campaign and operating support.
Tides Center (Earmark: Everyblock)1,100,000.0046--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4076-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 07/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create, test and release open-source software that links databases to allow citizens of a large city to learn (and act on) civic information about their neighborhood or block With this project, Adrian Holovaty will create 10 city-specific web sites devoted to public records and hyper-local information. They will include the Knight cities of Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Jose and Charlotte. The sites will allow users learn more about life around them. When they type in their address, they will get a page filled with information relevant to that address, including government records, news stories and community discussions. The first five city sites will launch by June 30, 2008. Holovaty will blog and speak at conferences about the process of creating the city databases.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Rising voices)244,000.00173--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4077-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 03/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To extend the successful Global Voices project to people from additional communities worldwide Over the past two years, Global Voices has introduced readers around the world to the brilliant, funny, insightful and touching voices of bloggers from developing nations. Rising Voices is our new effort to introduce thousands of new developing world bloggers to the world, helping students, journalists, activists and people from rural areas to the blogosphere. Goals: “It’s becoming clear that the world is listening, so now we’re trying to get new groups of people talking.”.
University of Missouri (Earmark: National Freedom of Information Coalition)1,700,000.0029--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3824-- Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 09/20/2009; goal: To establish a new home for the National Freedom of Information Coalition and expand its ability to support state groups.
University of Southern California (Earmark: Media Impact Project)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5775-- Grant period: 12/10/2012 - 01/08/2014; goal: To support the creation of the Lear Center for Media Metrics With $3.25 million in initial financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's Norman Lear Center is about to create what it is calling a “global hub” for those who would measure the actual impact of media — journalistic, cinematic, social and otherwise.
VillageSoup (Earmark: VillageSoup)885,000.0051--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4088-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 06/30/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create an open-source version of VillageSoup’s successful community news software, combining professional journalism, blogs, citizen journalism, online advertising and “reverse publishing” from online to print. Goals: “Turning independent weekly newspaper companies and entrepreneurs into an imposing, lively, worldwide creative energy that is competitive with media company chains.” Richard Anderson has received $885,000 to rewrite the VillageSoup online publishing platform from its original proprietary software to a new open-source publishing system. It will field-test this system in its existing Times/Citizen newspaper operations and in up to 12 additional communities. After successful field testing and debugging in year two of the grant, it will make this new publishing system available to anyone. VillageSoup launched in 1996 as a for-profit company that developed web applications for local businesses and used news to drive traffic to those sites. A key element of its business model, even back in 1996, was community discussion and user-contributed content. Says Anderson: "Ultimately, the publishing system will be made available to anyone who wants to start a hyper-local news and advertising site. This all-in-one solution will encourage greater citizen journalism.".
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: Free to Tweet II)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5770-- Grant period: 12/07/2012 - 02/28/2014; goal: To increase awareness of the First Amendment through the Free to Tweet II campaign.
MIT Media Lab (Earmark: Center for Future Civic Media)5,000,000.003--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4094-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 03/31/2012; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create new community news products in a major national center with MIT's Media Lab and Comparative Media Studies program With its $5 million Knight News Challenge award to the Media Lab and the Comparative Media Studies Program at the >Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Knight Foundation teams up with one of world's premier technological innovators. MIT will create a Center for Future Civic Media to test and investigate civic media in local communities. The center pairs the technological innovation of the Media Lab with the social and cultural expertise of the Comparative Media Studies Program. "We are moving to a Fifth Estate where everyone is able to pool their knowledge, share experience and expertise, and speak truth to power," says Chris Csikszentmihályi (pronounced Cheek-sent-me-hi), MIT's director of the Computing Culture Research Group, who will lead the center as co-director, together with Henry Jenkins, co-director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. Says Jenkins: "We now have more than a decade's worth of research into the kinds of online communities which emerge within networked cultures. With this project, we seek to draw on that research to strengthen people's ties to their own local communities." The Center will develop new theories, techniques, […].
Institute for Nonprofit News (Earmark: INNovation Fund)1,000,000.0048--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6235-- Grant period: 01/01/2014 - 01/31/2016; goal: To establish the Knight INNovation Fund to support innovative projects by non-profit news organizations as part of the Knight Local Media Initiative. The Knight INNovation Fund is a partnership between Knight Foundation and the Investigative News Network (INN), a nonprofit collaborative organization made up of more than 90 nonprofit investigative journalism outlets. The Investigative News Network will select the recipients and manage the program. The $1 million will support around 30 projects during the next two years with micro-grants of around $35,000. Applications will be open to nonprofit online news outlets and public media across the United States. Recipients will use the funding to explore new innovations and revenue sources, while developing audience engagement techniques and stronger business models. The INNovation Fund is part of a $5 million Knight Local Media Initiative that aims to help nonprofit news organizations establish long-term sustainability.
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: American Society of News Editors Foundation)2,750,000.0014--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4110-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 03/31/2010; goal: To teach the next generation of journalists, increase student media and improve First Amendment awareness among all high school students by expanding highschooljournalism.org.
University of California, Berkeley (Earmark: Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4885-- Grant period: 08/01/2010 - 07/31/2012; goal: To help the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program promote collaborative news projects.
Investigative Reporters and Editors (Earmark: Investigative Reporters and Editors: IRE Conference Miami 2008)25,000.00399--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4367-- Grant period: 05/01/2008 - 04/30/2009; goal: To increase interest in innovative investigative reporting models at a key Miami conference.
National Urban Fellows (Earmark: Development of Minority & Female Leaders)37,500.00389--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6114-- Grant period: 09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014; goal: To develop minority and female leaders for the government and nonprofit sector through the sponsorship of a class of 2014 Fellow to be placed with the City of Philadelphia in the Managing Director's Office.
Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (Earmark: Radio and Television News Directors Foundation)1,200,000.0043--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4043-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 05/31/2011; goal: To increase student broadcast media and improve First Amendment awareness among high school students.
Internews (Earmark: Internews)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3876-- Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 09/20/2006; goal: To pilot an international journalism training network using health journalism training Epidemics know no national boundaries. With this grant, three non-profit groups – Internews, the International Center for Journalists and the Panos Institute in London – will work together for the first time to produce a map of journalism training worldwide. Using it, they will offer micro-grants to projects that increase the ability of existing training groups to improve and expand health journalism training. Local trainers will be encouraged to share materials freely with other programs and to connect with larger international projects. A report of best practices will be shared. The goal is to encourage better health journalism worldwide.
Yale University (Earmark: Yale University: Knight Law and Media Scholars)2,500,000.0015--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4072-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 08/31/2010; goal: To train the next generation's leading legal journalists and media lawyers by creating the Knight Law and Media Scholars.
Arizona State University Foundation (Earmark: Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship)552,000.0071--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4082-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 07/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To support the development of media entrepreneurship and the creation of new digital media products through the establishment of a center at Arizona State University To support the development of media entrepreneurship and the creation of new digital media products through the establishment of the Knight-Kauffman Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University. Goals: “Growing a cadre of talented young entrepreneurs trained to harness the promise of emerging technologies, new methods of storytelling and interactivity through innovative new media products for a new generation of news consumers.”.
International Women's Media Foundation (Earmark: Elizabeth Neuffer Fund)60,000.00354--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4665-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: For a one-time bridge grant to support the Elizabeth Neuffer Fund in honor of the slain journalist The Elizabeth Neuffer Fund was created in 2004 through the International Women’s Media Foundation. This program honors the memory of Elizabeth Neuffer, a 1998 winner of the Courage in Journalism Award and a reporter for The Boston Globe, who died in Iraq on May 9, 2003. In collaboration with Elizabeth’s partner, Peter Canellos, now editorial page editor of The Boston Globe, and her brother, Mark Neuffer, the IWMF established this fund to support professional development of a journalist each year who shares Elizabeth’s passion for social justice and has been covering the world’s most difficult stories. The women selected have ranged from freelancers to veteran reporters with the BBC. Neuffer fellows may also work with the Boston Globe or New York Times. The fellowship includes housing with a family; a stipend to cover meals, ground transportation, and other living expenses; and health insurance. It does not provide a salary or honoraria. Fellows spend nine months at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Until recently, the program was supported by the Boston Globe Foundation and New York Times Foundation. Both suspended their operations […].
MTV - Dept of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs (Earmark: Mobile Youth Journalism (08 Election))700,000.0058--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4090-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 03/31/2009; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To cover a presidential election for young people via mobile media by creating a nationwide Mobile Youth Journalists network and to reuse their video reports on MTV MTV will use its $700,000 Knight News Challenge grant to empower one young person in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to cover issues of prime importance to today's youth - such as the environment, the upcoming presidential election and sexual health - as Knight Mobile Youth Journalists. Knight "MyJos" will create weekly video news reports for multimedia distribution, including online and over cell phones, and the most popular reports will be showcased across MTV's platforms. By enabling young adults to report on issues that interest them and distribute those reports on their most commonly used digital mediums, MTV will offer its audience another innovative way to be heard on today's most pressing social and political issues. Goals: "By reporting on the issues most relevant to young adults with new tools of engagement, Knight's 'MyJos' will help mobilize this age group to effect positive social and political change.".
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: American Society of News Editors Foundation)80,000.00336--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3725-- Grant period: 09/07/2005 - 09/07/2007; goal: To continue the activities of the Council of National Journalism Organizations The Council of National Journalism Organizations raises the visibility and membership of professional journalism groups and helps them work efficiently together. During the past decade, the council’s membership has more than doubled to 53 groups. These groups, representing at least 25,000 American journalists, set standards and offer training. With this grant, the council will work with the Society of Professional Journalists to improve and expand www.journalismtraining.org, a calendar of training opportunities, and to revamp its own web site, www.cnjo.org, and to better market the services of professional journalism organizations.
Institute for Nonprofit News (Earmark: Knight Local Media Initiative)500,000.0074--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6234-- Grant period: 01/01/2014 - 01/31/2016; goal: To support the Investigative News Network, as part of the Knight Local Media Initiative.
Tides Center (Earmark: PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Bloggers)70,000.00349--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4348-- Grant period: 04/01/2008 - 06/30/2009; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To speed digital news innovation by adding three new bloggers to the "idea lab" within the PBS MediaShift web site.
Northwestern University (Earmark: Medill's Graduate Journalism Program)639,000.0061--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4092-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 09/30/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create an academic program blending computer science and journalism, designed to fill a staffing void at many digital news sites To create an academic program blending computer science and journalism, designed to fill a staffing void at many digital news sites. By offering scholarships to Medill’s graduate journalism program to people with education and/or expertise in computer programming, the goal is to turn out students who understand both journalism and technology, connect one to another in ways that build audiences and also enhance and protect the civic functions of journalism in a democratic society. Goals: “A democratic society in the digital age needs people who understand both journalism and technology,".
The Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University (Earmark: Stanford d.school)3,698,000.008--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6507-- Grant period: 09/26/2014 - 10/27/2014; goal: To expose media and civic organizations to Stanford University's d.school's human-centered design methods and tools, developing transformational leaders who can advance their field.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (Earmark: National Association of Hispanic Journalists)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4693-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: To promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism through subsidized training and operational support.
Center for Investigative Reporting (Earmark: FOIA Machine Kickstarter Campaign)10,000.00431--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6276-- Grant period: 01/01/2014 - 06/01/2014; goal: To support the results of the Center for Investigative Reporting's recent Kickstarter campaign to fund development of FOIA Machine, a tool for filing freedom of information requests.
Asian American Journalists Association (Earmark: Asian American Journalists Association)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4696-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2010; goal: To promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism through subsidized training and operational support.
Tides Center (Earmark: Reporting On)15,000.00425--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4312-- Grant period: 04/01/2008 - 07/31/2009; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a social networking tool to help reporters use one another as resources, to identify trends and to add context to their own work Reporters working on similar topics will be able to communicate and share ideas using a social networking tool and a web site created through this project. The site will indicate how many journalists across the country are working on the same issue, such as declining tax bases or water problems. Reporters then could exchange resources and approaches, or use one another’s communities as examples in their own stories. Journalists in small newsrooms often feel isolated. Given the opportunity to communicate with others, a reporter can add context to articles and, perhaps most importantly, know when a seemingly small local story is part of a larger regional, or national, trend.
The Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (Earmark: The Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association)1,151,000.0044--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4074-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 03/31/2010; goal: To move the Online NewsHour onto a more widely accessible, interactive, multi-platform web site that appeals to younger audiences.
The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (Earmark: City University of New York)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4316-- Grant period: 04/01/2008 - 04/30/2010; goal: To extend a novel program helping journalism students get internships as part of a practical curriculum and to help establish CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.
Chi-Town Daily News (Earmark: Chi-Town Daily News)340,000.0090--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4093-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 03/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a new, low-cost model for training citizen journalist in every neighborhood of a major city to contribute to a citywide news site The Chi-Town Daily News will recruit and train a network of 75 citizen journalists – one in each Chicago neighborhood. The journalists will work with editors to produce a professional, comprehensive daily local news report. Goals: “A daily online news report written by citizen journalists that has more scope and depth than the coverage you find in many large newspapers.”.
Naytev (Earmark: Naytev)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5014-- Grant period: 09/16/2014 - 09/16/2015; goal: Social media headline optimization for media and brands. Naytev A/B tests how content appears on social media (the images and text that show up on Facebook or Twitter) when people share, and improves engagement by prioritizing the top versions of a message. We currently working with some top publishers in the industry to boost social traffic, and are expanding into ecommerce, social gaming, and political communication.
President and Trustees of Colby College (Earmark: Colby College: News Literacy)246,612.00170--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4317-- Grant period: 04/01/2008 - 04/30/2011; goal: To improve the news literacy of liberal arts students.
Gimlet Media (Earmark: Startup)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5015-- Grant period: 09/16/2014 - 09/16/2015; goal: Podcasting production and distribution.
National Public Radio (Earmark: National Public Radio)1,000,000.0048--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4627-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To extend Knight Foundation's digital training of the NPR newsroom by creating 12 local news test sites linked to one another and to NPR. This grant is the test project of the creation of a new local reporting network This project will expand NPR’s reach to local news. The goal is for 12 test sites to become models for the 880 NPR stations across the country. Eventually, we hope each site becomes a local content expert and the linking of all sites with one another and that NPR national creates a new reporting network that focuses specifically on news of local interest. We expect that other NPR sites will join this network and that it becomes a new model for a national news network. It is hoped that NPR will become an authoritative source of local online news, convert a loyal radio following into a powerful, nationwide online network, and distribute public radio content widely across emerging media platforms.
Media Impact Funders (Earmark: Media Impact Forum)19,850.00422--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5750-- Grant period: 12/01/2012 - 11/30/2013; goal: For Knight's 2013 membership which supports the organization's programs promoting best practices in media philanthropy, and also sponsor a Media Impact Forum event in January 2013.
Tides Center (Earmark: Community Radio in India)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4313-- Grant period: 04/01/2008 - 10/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To use the latest software and computer-based FM transmitters to reduce the cost of creating rural radio stations This project will connect rural radio stations to the Internet by using new software and computer-based FM transmitters. The innovations will significantly reduce the cost of creating the stations in India - from an estimated $50,000 to $2,500. India is issuing a new round of community radio station licenses, so the proposal is timely. The effort will start by helping nonprofits already operating in India launch radio stations.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: Fiscal agency)29,900.00398--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6174-- Grant period: 08/01/2013 - 01/31/2015; goal: To support the fiscal agency and administration of two international Knight News Challenge grants, RootIO and WeFarm.
Tides Center (Earmark: News on Cell Phones)325,000.0094--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4320-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/10/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a news system for cell phones in developing countries While computers can readily access news feeds through the Internet, only the more expensive cell phones have the same capability. This project will make it easy for significantly cheaper models to select and receive news feeds, expanding the news universe for those whose only digital device is a cell phone. Users, particularly in areas where Internet access isn’t affordable, will be able to receive news via text messaging. They also will be able to rate top stories in lists to be shared with friends. The project will be tested in the rural area of a developing country.
The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (Earmark: City University of New York)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4044-- Grant period: 03/01/2007 - 03/01/2009; goal: To enable low-income journalism students to get work experience comparable to others through this internship. This internship is an integral part of the curriculum of the new journalism program.
The University of Oklahoma (Earmark: The University of Oklahoma: AEJMC Directory)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4036-- Grant period: 02/01/2007 - 12/31/2010; goal: To create a useful, interactive global directory of journalism schools.
National Association of Black Journalists (Earmark: National Association of Black Journalists)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4691-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: To promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism through subsidized training and operational support.
Tides Center (Earmark: The News is Coming / Iindaba Ziyafika)630,400.0062--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4278-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 02/28/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To develop an innovative multimedia news system to unite a town separated by race and class divisions Local news reports disseminated through cell phones will help connect an all-black township in South Africa with the white population living in the urban center – giving everyone in Grahamstown equal access to news and information. Articles from the community newspaper, Grocott’s Mail, will be delivered to mobile phones, the only modern communications system available in the rural township. In a partnership with a local university, journalism students will create audio and video feeds for distribution. Meanwhile, masters-level students will study the project’s design and impact, while post-graduate students develop a sustainable business model for the technology. The project will create open-source software so that small town newspapers around the globe will be able to send mobile reports.
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: Digital Outreach Initiative)85,000.00335--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6505-- Grant period: 09/01/2014 - 09/01/2017; goal: To support journalism excellence to accelerate adoption of digital tools and techniques in traditional newsrooms.
Journalism and Women Symposium (Earmark: Journalism and Women's Symposium)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4692-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: To promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism through subsidized training and operational support.
Video Volunteers (Earmark: Video Volunteers)275,000.0097--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4321-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To train 100 Community Video Producers, and expand a media distribution network for 300 villages in India Video Volunteers, a New York-based nonprofit, will train 100 people in rural India as Community Video Producers. These citizen journalists will produce magazine- style video news reports, typically on local social issues, and show them on widescreen projectors in poor communities. The idea is to distribute public interest information to the poor – without having to provide the entire population with digital tools. To date, Video Volunteers’ screenings in India have reached 140,000 people in 150 communities. The video technology is not new. The innovation is to do citizen journalism on a significant scale in a poor, rural area.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: International Center for Journalists)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4071-- Grant period: 02/01/2007 - 02/01/2008; goal: To start a global business journalism program at Tsinghua University in China.
OpenGov Foundation (Earmark: Madison Project)750,000.0057--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6518-- Grant period: 09/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; goal: To support The OpenGov Foundation's work making state and local codes, laws and policymaking accessible to the public through open data and technology.
University of Southern California (Earmark: Spot.us expansion)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4606-- Grant period: 09/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To expand Spot.us, a project that publicly finances local investigative reporting, to Los Angeles in a partnership with the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California Spot.us is a 2008 Knight News Challenge winner. It uses micropayments collected from the public to fund local investigative and enterprise reporting. Since its launch in San Francisco a year ago, about 30 articles have been proposed, funded and written, the highest profile one for The New York Times. Rather than backing a news organization, the public is asked to consider funding individual stories. By seeing what stories the public is willing to pay for, and creating a mechanism to do so, Spot.us is testing the viability of an alternative funding stream for local news during an era in which daily newspapers are shedding local reporters. This project will extend Spot.us to Los Angeles through a partnership with the University of Southern California School of Journalism. The platform will be redeveloped to be more easily extended to additional cities with new features. Ultimately, we hope this grant shows how to scale Spot.us to any city and have it be sustainable there. Additionally, it is hoped that Spot.us shows that crowdsourced reporting […].
Tides Center (Earmark: Spot.Us)340,000.0090--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4323-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 05/01/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a micro-payment system to fund investigative news reports Spot Journalism will provide a new way to pay for local investigative reporting by soliciting financial support from the public. Through this project, independent journalists and residents will propose stories, while Spot Journalism uses the Web to seek “micro-payments” to cover the costs. If enough donors contribute the amount needed, a journalist will be hired to do the reporting. The money has to come from a variety of sources, though. Each project will need many small contributions before being approved in order to avoid personal crusades. In addition to offering a new model for investigative work, Spot Journalism will provide a way to discover the issues important to a community while giving a voice to those who wonder why a given problem is not being investigated.
IC Foundation (Earmark: IC Foundation, Inc.)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4075-- Grant period: 02/01/2007 - 12/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To help 21st Century News Challenge Commercial Product winners present their products to venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
Change.org (Earmark: Change.org)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4999-- Grant period: 12/27/2013 - 12/27/2014; goal: Change.org is the largest online empowerment platform in the world, with 75 million users in 196 countries. The company is a "social enterprise," and a certified B- Corporation, using the power of business for social good. The Change.org mission is to empower people everywhere to create the change they want to see.
Participatory Culture Foundation (Earmark: Amara)500,000.0074--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5757-- Grant period: 12/01/2012 - 01/31/2014; goal: To put Amara, the collaborative tool for online video subtitling, onto a sustainable growth path through a program related investment.
Media Development Loan Fund (Earmark: Global Voices)5,000.00434--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4934-- Grant period: 07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011; goal: To support Global Voices' general operations.
Associated Students UCLA (Earmark: Community News Network)275,000.0097--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4265-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 10/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a new kind of college newspaper by involving award-winning journalists in the creation of an open-source software platform Student editors at the UCLA Bruin will create online publishing software geared to mobile editing. College journalists then will be able to use the content management system to remotely assign and edit stories, videos and photos for online college sites. Also, readers will use it to submit their own content and communicate with one another.
Jefferson Institute (Earmark: Jefferson Institute)62,000.00353--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4061-- Grant period: 01/01/2007 - 01/01/2008; goal: To study the economic value of journalism training internationally and recommend how training centers can sustain themselves.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Earmark: Livingston Awards for Young Journalists)450,000.0080--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6104-- Grant period: 12/10/2013 - 07/31/2017; goal: To extend the digital reach and overall impact of the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists while a permanent endowment is assembled.
The Miami Foundation (Earmark: Knight Local Media Initiative)2,000,000.0025--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6227-- Grant period: 12/09/2013 - 03/30/2016; goal: To establish a donor advised fund that will provide grants to local, non-profit online news organizations giving them some additional operational support and enable strategic investment toward sustainability and journalistic excellence, as part of the Knight Local Media Initiative.
The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Earmark: Infragram)16,000.00423--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6057-- Grant period: 08/01/2013 - 11/30/2013; goal: To support the results of Public Lab's Kickstarter campaign for Infragram, a cheap, DIY near-infrared camera for use in data collection such as monitoring vegetation health.
Texas Tribune (Earmark: The Texas Tribune)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4660-- Grant period: 08/31/2009 - 11/30/2011; goal: To launch The Texas Tribune, a new nonprofit statewide online news organization The Texas Tribune is a new nonpartisan, nonprofit media startup whose mission is to promote civic engagement and discourse on government, politics, public policy and other matters of statewide interest. The core product of the Texas Tribune will be its destination web site, www.texastribune.org. The site will blend text reporting with the newest presentation and visualization tools; audio and video; original source documents; highly curated news aggregation from other sources; and proprietary, searchable databases. Texas Tribune will produce events and specialized publications, and plans to syndicate content to other online, print and broadcast news outlets. In addition, Texas Tribune will document best practices – both on the editorial and business side -- and share them with the larger news community, including other Knight grantees, through the new Investigative Reporting Network. Texas Tribune will help fill the new void in the amount of quality statewide news coverage in Texas, the nation’s second most populous state. They expect to reach its growth targets and become a sustainable model for other statewide news sites to follow. The Texas project will collaborate with other Knight projects in California, New York, and Washington, […].
Deproduction (Earmark: Denver Open Media)380,000.0086--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4314-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create free open-source software to enable Public Access Television stations to better serve and engage communities DOM is the culmination of the Open Media Foundation's innovative 3-part vision for putting the power of the media in the hands of the community. Designed to ensure all communities have the media and technology resources they need to engage in local and global communications, DOM offers state-of-the-art video equipment, as well as media distribution via the Internet and our three community-programmed television channels.
Tides Center (Earmark: Transparent Journalism)350,000.0088--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4315-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To help search engines better distinguish between well-reported journalism and everything else on the Internet With the copious amounts of information – and misinformation – on the Internet, the public needs more help finding fair, accurate and contextual news. This project will create a system to do just that. The plan: to design a way for content creators to add information on their sources to their reports, as a form of “source tagging.” For instance, a reporter could note that an article was based on personal observations, interviews with eyewitnesses or specific, original documents. Filters would then use this data - the “story behind the story” - to help find high-quality articles. A reader searching the phrase “Pakistan riots” for example, might find 9,000 articles. But filtering by “eyewitness accounts” would yield a more selective list. Berners-Lee, Moore and the Web Science Research Initiative are working with the BBC and Reuters on how to best integrate the tagging into journalists’ normal workflow.
Lonely Goat Media (Earmark: Lonely Goat Media)25,000.00399--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5753-- Grant period: 12/01/2012 - 02/28/2013; goal: To support the creation of free resources and events for women in media innovation and entrepreneurship.
Miami Dade College (Earmark: Miami Dade College - Miami: City of Refuge)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4575-- Grant period: 08/01/2009 - 11/30/2011; goal: To establish Miami as a City of Refuge for persecuted writers Free speech writing can still be a perilous act in many places throughout the world. Between January and June 2006, 19 writers were murdered, 33 had received death threats and 142 were imprisoned, according to International PEN's Writers in Prison Committee. Cities of Refuge North America aids persecuted writers around the globe by creating safe havens for them in North America, spaces where they may practice their craft freely, unfettered by censorship and political repression. They assist writers worldwide while enriching both communities and the literary landscape in North America. This grant gives Knight the opportunity to set a Knight community as a City of Refuge for persecuted writers. Grant funds will support the costs of hosting a persecuted writer in residence for two years. During that time, the writer will teach a course at MDC and participate in public readings and discussions.
Tides Center (Earmark: Printcasting)837,000.0054--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4322-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To enable individuals to create narrowly targeted, local niche publications with local advertising Printcasting will allow individuals to easily create ad-supported, customized publications with a mix of local news and information. The software will help aggregate feeds from news organizations, bloggers or newsletters, for example, so that would-be publishers can pick and choose among them to create a niche publication. The Printcasting model then will guide users through placing articles, photos and ads onto a template that either could be delivered by e-mail or printed at home and distributed. For example, a publication for reef-diving photographers could include ads for nearby dive shops or underwater cameras. The idea is to pair localized ads and content to create targeted publications.
International Women's Media Foundation (Earmark: International Women's Media Foundation)220,000.00193--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4599-- Grant period: 08/01/2009 - 07/31/2011; goal: To support the International Conference of Women Media Leaders The International Women’s Media Foundation is a global network dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide. Started in 1990, the foundation today is a global network dedicated to cultivating leadership, honoring courage and building opportunity. The IWMF anchors its work in research and monitors the status of women in the news media worldwide. This grant will support the 2011 International Conference of Women Media Leaders which will bring together between 100 and 150 leading women journalists from around the world to develop a global strategy to grow gender equality within the news professions. During the conference, the group will unveil the results of its Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media, which will frame conference discussions and help drive change.
National Security Archive Fund (Earmark: National Security Archive Fund)700,000.0058--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4004-- Grant period: 12/04/2006 - 12/04/2011; goal: To increase the freedom of flow of information to citizens and journalists by underwriting comprehensive audits that keep pressure on officials to release information in a timely and legal manner.
Area/Code Entertainment LLC (Earmark: Area/Code Entertainment)203,605.00200--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4610-- Grant period: 08/01/2009 - 07/31/2011; goal: For the research and concept development of community-centric urban games in five Knight Communities.
Tides Center (Earmark: Sochi Reporter)600,000.0063--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4264-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 12/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To test the latest social networking and user-generated-content tools in a small Russian town about to host the Olympics The people of Sochi, the Russian resort city hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, will be able to use the latest online tools to both discuss and influence the impact of the games. A web site and database will allow the community to track and debate how the plans are changing life there over a five-year period. The idea is to help residents better prepare for the Olympics, to inform the media about the city’s issues and to use discussions about the games as a way to improve life in Sochi.
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies (Earmark: Settle It! On-demand fact-checking app)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5437-- Grant period: 04/01/2012 - 03/31/2013; goal: To develop on-demand applications for political information and fact-checking.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Earmark: Communications Outreach)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5257-- Grant period: 06/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To develop new ways for the NAACP and Crisis magazine to communicate with a new generation of members and readers.
Tides Center (Earmark: RadioEngage)327,000.0093--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4318-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create an easy to use software package to help public radio stations create web sites Drupal, one of the popular open-source software platforms that publish web sites, will be used to create a turnkey web site for radio news organizations. This content management and publishing system will address the needs of radio news sites, such as creating and archiving audio and text, producing podcasts and playlists and streaming live audio and video. KUSP, a public radio station on California’s Central Coast, will test the project.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (Earmark: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations)11,580.00430--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6178-- Grant period: 12/01/2013 - 11/30/2014; goal: To support the work of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
ProPublica (Earmark: The Intern Economy)5,000.00434--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6173-- Grant period: 08/01/2013 - 11/30/2013; goal: To support the results of ProPublica's Kickstarter campaign for Investigating the Intern Economy, a journalism project looking at unpaid internships.
Internet Archive (Earmark: Internet Archive 2012 Election Database)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5457-- Grant period: 04/01/2012 - 05/31/2012; goal: To develop a searchable semantic database of television programming and advertising from 2012 and the past ten years, with a focus on uses for the 2012 election.
Institute for Nonprofit News (Earmark: Investigative News Network)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4743-- Grant period: 07/01/2010 - 06/30/2012; goal: To establish the Investigative News Network, with the founder of the Voice of San Diego and other foundations, as an entrepreneurial organization.
Tides Center (Earmark: Freedom Fone)876,000.0052--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4319-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create an economical way for poor people to use cell phones to create and gather information in forms difficult for authoritarian governments to control Freedom Fone will provide a voice database where users can access news and public-interest information via land, mobile or Internet phones. In a concept similar to a telephone tree employed by many private companies, users will call in and then dial specific numbers to find the information they need. Independent radio station content will be broadcast, along with frequently updated audio reports created specifically for Freedom Fone. Users will be able to pose questions and leave answers on a voicemail system. The concept, which employs both new and old technologies, will allow the poor to receive and contribute information in a practical and economical way. It will be tested in Zimbabwe.
Center for Investigative Reporting (Earmark: CIR on Youtube)800,000.0056--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5458-- Grant period: 04/01/2012 - 03/31/2014; goal: To establish an investigative news channel on YouTube The Center will manage the channel by coordinating the aggregation and production of content. YouTube will provide access to the platform and back-end support, will promote the channel and will train the Center and its partners in digital video production. Knight grantee The Investigative News Network will recruit new partners to the project; develop the system for distributing revenue earned from advertising; and coordinate agreements regarding rights and legal liability. The grant will result in a YouTube channel devoted to investigative reporting.
WNYC Radio (Earmark: WNYC)2,000,000.0025--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4332-- Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 06/30/2011; goal: To support the launch of a new national morning show for public radio.
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: American Society of News Editors Foundation)1,233,249.0041--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3857-- Grant period: 12/04/2006 - 12/04/2011; goal: To increase public awareness of the importance of open government and endow Sunshine Week by creating the Knight First Amendment Fund This grant will help the American Society of Newspaper Editors build the Knight First Amendment Fund to continue “Sunshine Week’’ and help the nation’s leading journalism organization transform into a 21st century organization. Through this project, Sunshine Week, a national educational campaign about the importance of open government, will continue annually through at least 2010, increasing their reach each year. ASNE also will: create a reserve fund for freedom of information issues that come up each year; hold a major conference in January 2007 and others as needed to examine the issue of federal prosecutors and the news process; hire a development person to help raise $3.75 million for a second endowment fund to help ASNE reform its membership, convention and web sites policies to expand its reach among the nation’s 1,500 daily newspapers, and lead and help editors make the transition to multimedia operations.
Link Media (Earmark: Link Media)235,000.00179--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4327-- Grant period: 03/01/2008 - 03/31/2009; goal: To launch a series of online Global News Literacy modules showing how news is covered differently in different countries.
Editor & Publisher (Earmark: Editor & Publisher's Interactive Media Conference)119,500.00301--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4338-- Grant period: 03/01/2008 - 12/31/2008; goal: For a high-profile Interactive Media Conference in Las Vegas to announce the Knight News Challenge winners.
Florida International University Foundation (Earmark: Knight Innovator in Residence Program)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6141-- Grant period: 12/01/2013 - 07/01/2016; goal: To establish Knight Innovator in Residence program at Florida International University to work with students and faculty to develop innovative digital media projects and inspire new courses and research.
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center for Educational Media and Research (Earmark: Digital Learning and Literacy Initiatives)240,000.00176--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5160-- Grant period: 06/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To support the 2011 Forum on Digital Learning, develop a national Games and Learning Publishing Council, and pilot 'Action Teams' in two Knight communities to localize national digital literacy initiatives.
Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (Earmark: Radio and Television News Directors Foundation)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4306-- Grant period: 03/01/2008 - 01/31/2009; goal: To expand the Sunshine Week PSA campaign in 2008 to help raise public awareness and support for open government issues.
Newsela (Earmark: Newsela)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5011-- Grant period: 08/26/2014 - 08/26/2015; goal: News repurposed to promote reading education and literacy. Newsela unlocks the written word by publishing daily news articles at five reading levels to engage students in grades 3-12 in high-interest topics from immigration and diplomacy to drones and animal extinction. Students who read Newsela articles and take Common Core-aligned quizzes develop the critical thinking and nonfiction literacy skills needed for academic and professional success. When every student, regardless of reading level, is able to participate, teachers can engage the whole class in conversations about complex issues. Launched in 2013, Newsela has been one of the most quickly adopted educational technologies in history.
The Miami Foundation (Earmark: Queen City Soup Micro-Grants)16,000.00423--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6116-- Grant period: 08/01/2013 - 07/31/2015; goal: To support Queen City Soup – a micro-grant program for emerging artists and arts organizations in Charlotte, NC.
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Earmark: AEJMC)180,000.00241--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5187-- Grant period: 05/15/2011 - 10/31/2013; goal: To encourage innovation in journalism education by rewarding innovative uses of Knight News Challenge software by faculty and students.
Link Media (Earmark: Link TV)245,000.00171--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4737-- Grant period: 07/01/2010 - 07/31/2011; goal: To test a "semantic" news video player and related tools, with a focus on how young news consumers use the tool.
The Open Planning Project (Earmark: OpenBlock)235,000.00179--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4794-- Grant period: 07/01/2010 - 10/31/2011; goal: To enable the creation of online sites that graphically display local data by neighborhood.
Media And Place Productions (Earmark: Zeega Development & Partnership)12,000.00429--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6069-- Grant period: 07/31/2013 - 12/01/2013; goal: To support community development and partnerships at Zeega, a nonprofit that produces interactive media projects and runs a platform for creating interactive content.
Sunlight Foundation (Earmark: Politiwidgets)565,000.0070--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4425-- Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 08/31/2011; goal: To create and launch web tools allowing easily accessible public information on Congress Sunlight Foundation was founded in January 2006 to harness the power of the Internet and new information technologies to enable citizens to learn more about what their elected representatives are doing. Sunlight aims to use the tools of open government to help reduce corruption, improve the conduct of public officials and increase the public’s trust in its democratic institutions. The digital revolution has created the potential for a quantum leap in government openness – but only if we can make its instant information easy to find and use. Sunlight Foundation proposes to create a series of new, easy-to-use web tools to allow journalists and citizens to know not just about earmarks but many other actions of our Congressional representatives. During the next two years, the grantee will develop, market and distribute a series of easy-to-use open-source software programs to provide journalists and citizens “integrated information” on Congress. These tools will provide more information about members of Congress more easily to more web users than ever before. This nonpartisan project can be expected during the midterm election to increase debate of fact-based issues the data reveals: earmarks, campaign […].
National Public Radio (Earmark: NPR One - On-demand digital listening platform)2,000,000.0025--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5818-- Grant period: 12/01/2013 - 02/28/2016; goal: To support the enhancement of NPR's on-demand digital listening platform for news and other public radio programming. NPR will significantly expand its capacity to deliver in-depth coverage of news and culture and reimagine the public radio experience for digital listening. This grant will both deepen and extend NPR’s coverage of key issues – education, global health and development, and race, ethnicity and culture – and fund NPR and six Member Stations – KPCC, KQED, MPR, WBUR, WHYY and WNYC – in the creation of a seamless local-national listening platform, helping deliver the work of NPR and stations to tens of millions of Americans everywhere they want it, in words, images and sound. (Originally 'Project Carbon', now 'NPR One').
Center for Investigative Reporting (Earmark: Center for Investigative Reporting, California Watch)1,320,000.0039--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4484-- Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 07/31/2011; goal: To launch a new foundation-sponsored collaborative multimedia investigative reporting project in California.
Minnesota Council on Foundations (Earmark: Minnesota Council on Foundations)6,750.00433--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6091-- Grant period: 07/30/2013 - 12/31/2013; goal: For 2013 membership to support the community work of St. Paul program director, Polly Talen.
OpenGov Foundation (Earmark: Project Madison)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5808-- Grant period: 07/11/2013 - 06/10/2014; goal: To support the testing and scale of Project Madison, an open source platform for public document creation and discussion. Project Madison, a project of the OpenGov Foundation, will test and customize its open-source platform at the state and municipal level, with $200,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The platform enables users to comment on, propose changes to and share opinions on draft policy and legislation. With Knight funding, the OpenGov Foundation will combine the web-based tool with in-person events to rally discussion and action around a specific local policy issue in two U.S. communities where the foundation invests. The locations will be announced in coming months. In addition, Project Madison will expand its recent work on MarylandCode.org, a user-friendly, searchable publication of Maryland state laws. The local version of Project Madison will allow people to contribute to the lawmaking process in Maryland and Baltimore. Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, OpenGov Foundation founder, launched Project Madison in 2011, to involve the public in the debate over online piracy. Issa successfully used Project Madison to get input on the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN Act), an alternative to the proposed laws known as SOPA and […].
Umbel (Earmark: Umbel)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/1-- Grant period: 04/01/2012 - 04/01/2012; goal: Umbel is an audience measurement company that uses big data from social and other sources to dramatically increase digital publishers’ understanding of their audience and online advertising revenue. Umbel does this by correlating audience social information with web analytics and other data to create real insight into who the audience is, what they like and who might be interested in reaching them. Austin, Texas, May 15, 2012 – Umbel, which aims to set the standard for digital audience measurement, today announced that Knight Foundation participated in the company’s $3.7 million Series A round of venture financing through its Knight Foundation Enterprise Fund, a new, early-stage venture fund dedicated to advancing media innovation. The amount of the strategic investment was not disclosed. Umbel marries traditional research and big data analysis of social sources to give publishers real-time intelligence about the audiences that engage with them. With this information in hand, Umbel empowers publishers to convey their audience’s true value and brand preferences more effectively to advertisers and sponsors. The recently-raised funds will be used to support new hires and aggressively execute on the product roadmap. “By enabling news providers to become more data driven, Umbel makes original, online news content much […].
New Michigan Media (Earmark: Detroit Journalism Cooperative + NMM)30,000.00394--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6224-- Grant period: 12/01/2013 - 01/31/2015; goal: For New Michigan Media to join the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, developing and sharing stories aimed at helping find solutions to the city's fiscal crisis.
The Miami Foundation (Earmark: Knight Donor Advised Fund)23,450.00410--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6027-- Grant period: 07/02/2013 - 07/31/2013; goal: For the balance of fiscal agency fees due.
ProPublica (Earmark: ProPublica)1,010,000.0047--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4596-- Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 07/31/2012; goal: To create a sustainable business model for ProPublica ProPublica, founded in 2008, is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. To date, it has more than 30 full-time journalists in its newsroom, making it the largest new nonprofit investigative news operation in the nation. Its major investigations to date have included examinations of stimulus spending, gas drilling and nursing abuses. ProPublica is led by Paul Steiger, a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation trustee and the former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen serves on the group’s board. This grant will openly create a sustainable business model that draws on diverse funding sources, including institutional philanthropy, board contributions, individual contributions, corporate philanthropy, earned revenue and investment income. By the end of the grant, ProPublica will have a mature development operation, well along in implementing a diversified development plan. Future development work will be funded out of operating funds. It is expected that this model will allow ProPublica to continue its high-quality investigative reporting for the public interest. Ultimately, we hope its success in doing so will spur other emerging investigative journalism nonprofits.
The Miami Foundation (Earmark: 'Among Friends' by Cesar Trasobares)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6022-- Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014; goal: To support Cesar Trasobares in researching, writing and editing a book based on the lives of three acclaimed Cuban-born artists, emphasizing the impact that Miami had on their practice.
NewsCloud (Earmark: NewsCloud)190,000.00239--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5143-- Grant period: 05/01/2011 - 04/30/2012; goal: To transform the NewsCloud Facebook platform into a turnkey solution.
Tribune Publishing Company (Earmark: The Columbia Daily Tribune)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4771-- Grant period: 07/01/2010 - 12/31/2010; goal: To install and test at The Columbia Daily Tribune newly revised computer code that replicates and then adds to the local data mapping functionality of EveryBlock.com.
Rutgers University Foundation (Earmark: Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6457-- Grant period: 08/01/2014 - 08/30/2015; goal: To support journalism excellence through diversity by contributing to the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies to examine and advance women's participation in media, especially at the decision-making levels.
University of Florida Foundation (Earmark: The Innovators)113,140.00302--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6161-- Grant period: 12/01/2013 - 12/31/2015; goal: To develop 'The Innovators,' a two-year speakers series at UF's College of Journalism and Communications.
Online News Association (Earmark: Online News Association)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4712-- Grant period: 05/01/2011 - 04/30/2013; goal: To hire a business development manager to set up revenue-generating streams that will allow the Online News Association to reach long-term sustainability.
Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (Earmark: Mobile Media Toolkit)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4524-- Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 02/28/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To advance the use of mobile technology to produce and distribute news and information With more than half the world owning a mobile device, the media industry, civil society groups and citizens yearn to use the technology to create and distribute news and information. Yet they often lack the knowledge and tools necessary. The Mobile Media Toolkit will offer media production tool sets for download and use on a variety of phones across regions of the world. The toolkit will include applications for video and audio recording, a distribution tool for mobile content to social media sites and detailed how-to information that outlines what users can do with the phones they have.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (Earmark: Journalism Training)36,000.00390--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5641-- Grant period: 11/01/2012 - 10/31/2014; goal: To expand health journalism training to include digital reporters.
Boston Cyberarts (Earmark: Virtual Street Corners)40,000.00387--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4526-- Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 03/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To use video reports of two different neighborhoods to spur civic conversation The Greater Boston neighborhoods of Brookline and Roxbury are 2.4 miles apart, yet there is little interaction between them because of divisions of race and class. This project will connect them through citizen journalists’ video newscasts that will be projected on life-size screens to enable real-time interaction between citizens. Organizers hope the broadcasts spur crowds and discussion about their shared region, and engage citizens to think beyond their social circles. Reporters could then mine those crowds for further stories.
The American University (Earmark: American University)240,000.00176--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4795-- Grant period: 06/14/2010 - 07/31/2011; goal: For an independent investigation of broadband speeds and availability in the Washington metropolitan region.
Tides Center (Earmark: City Circles)100,700.00308--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4529-- Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 12/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To develop new, open source software allowing commuters using a new light rail route in downtown Phoenix to get news and information The city of Phoenix debuted a new light rail transit system last winter, changing the physical and social fabric of the city. Now The Daily Phoenix (aka The Zonie Report) will use print, web and mobile technology to cater to these new commuters, offering news and information, games, social networking features and promotions. Daily Phoenix will deliver relevant community information on a “stop-by-stop” basis, creating and distributing the open-source tools to interact and access this information via mobile devices or the web. Users will be able to access this anywhere, on or off rail. By using a combination of hyper-local news, games, profiles, networking features and local business promotions, this project will allow citizens to connect and engage with an entirely new, and growing, community.
voiceofsandiego.org (Earmark: Web-to-print publishing)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5305-- Grant period: 03/01/2012 - 11/30/2012; goal: For the development of a new marketing and shareholder program and a web-to-print publishing of local news content Voice of San Diego, a pioneering nonprofit news organization focusing on local investigative reporting in San Diego, is going beyond its online site to publish a print and digital monthly magazine. Voice of San Diego Monthly is part of the site’s new membership program, which aims to build a community of readers to help support the organization into the future. Members receive the publication for free, along with other benefits. The magazine is also available on demand at MagCloud.com. For years, Voice of San Diego (VOSD) has relied on thousands of donors, sponsors, foundations and partners to support its mission. The membership program – developed with a $186,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation - will assist VOSD in building a robust and well-organized community of supporters out of its thousands of existing donors.
Jefferson Institute (Earmark: Data Visualization Tools)243,600.00174--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4581-- Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 06/30/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create open source tools that make community news and information easy to visualize As more information becomes available online, the challenge is to easily find, use and make sense of huge amounts of complicated data. Data visualizations are powerful depictions of abstract information that can reach millions of people by creating clear pictures that effectively communicate what the numbers actually mean. Unfortunately, the tools to create these visual representations are usually too expensive and difficult for smaller news organizations and everyday citizens to use, creating a gap for the future of community journalism. This grant will create a suite of easy-to-use tools for anyone to use on any standard set of data ranging from government databases to demographics and statistics.
Aspen Institute (Earmark: Aspen Institute)175,000.00245--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4018-- Grant period: 12/01/2006 - 12/01/2008; goal: To help national media policy makers understand community media issues by holding roundtables and a conference The Aspen Institute convenes leaders to discuss their foremost challenges. In America today, local media face challenges as large as anyone's. Their audiences are fragmenting, shifting from boundary-spanning traditional media to media that is online, targeted or free. National policy, which sets the rules under which local media can thrive or wither, also is in a period of transition, with media consolidation, "localism," and "net neutrality," among the important issues. Aspen Institute will hold two roundtable sessions and conduct a “conference track’’ on policy change that would align national policy with community needs and concerns. A report will be widely distributed and posted on www.aspeninstitute.org.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: International Media Institute of India)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5104-- Grant period: 04/01/2011 - 01/31/2013; goal: To move the International Media Institute of India toward sustainability as it attracts more revenue and graduates two more classes of students The International Media Institute of India (IMII) was conceived by leading Indian editors and senior journalists who not only experienced difficulty in finding skilled and knowledgeable journalists to hire but also wanted to do something to arrest the qualitative decline in the profession and make it answerable to public good. Training and orientation of journalists has not kept pace with the boom in the media industry in India and many developing countries. In today's fast-paced life, it has become even more important for media organizations to increasingly rely on professional competence and ethical discipline. The IMII was conceived to inculcate exactly these qualities.
Tides Center (Earmark: MediaBugs)335,000.0092--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4521-- Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To develop a service to allow users to better report, track and resolve errors, issues and problems in news coverage All journalists make mistakes, but they sometimes view admitting errors as a mark of shame. MediaBugs aims to change this climate, by promoting transparency and providing recognition for those who admit and fix their mistakes. MediaBugs will create a public test web site in a U.S. city for people to report errors in any news report – online or off-line. Comments will be tracked to see if they create a conversation between the reporter and the error submitter, and then show whether corrections or changes resulted. Based on a system that technology teams use when releasing software, this aggregation process will display trends in errors and show which news organizations are responsible to public questions and comments.
World Press Freedom Committee (Earmark: World Press Freedom Committee)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4032-- Grant period: 12/01/2006 - 12/01/2007; goal: To educate world press-freedom organizations about governmental threats to Internet communication through a conference at UNESCO's Paris headquarters, Feb. 15-16, 2007, titled: New Media: The Press Freedom Dimension This grant will support a conference called “New Media: The Press Freedom Dimension’’ on Feb. 15-16, 2007 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The conference will explore press freedom in new democracies and in non-democratic settings and focus on the challenges and opportunities of new media for press freedom, including how online news affects press freedom. This grant aims to help international organizations, including Knight grantees, learn how to make it more difficult for repressive regimes to use new methods of control to silence new media outlets.
iFOCOS (Earmark: PitchIt! Challenge)225,000.00184--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4777-- Grant period: 06/14/2010 - 06/30/2013; goal: To support the PitchIt! Challenge to provide seed-stage investments to help launch innovative new media ventures.
The Center for Michigan (Earmark: Detroit Journalism Cooperative + Center for Michigan)110,000.00303--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6185-- Grant period: 11/04/2013 - 12/01/2014; goal: For a news-sharing project to infuse data-driven, solutions-oriented journalism into the coverage of Detroit's bankruptcy and related state policies.
Research Foundation of the City University of New York (Earmark: New Business Models for News Project)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4583-- Grant period: 06/01/2009 - 06/30/2010; goal: For the New Business Models for News Project, to openly produce detailed business plans that will be used to create sustainable models for the future of news While print journalism has largely set the news agenda for the rest of the industry, traditional business and distribution models are no longer viable on their own. Quality news content benefits society as a whole, but is expensive to produce and a growing number of organizations are declaring bankruptcy or shutting down their print operations entirely. The opportunity here is to experiment with new, different business models to create ways of sustaining journalism as it rapidly changes in the 21st century media environment. This grant will bring together editors, publishers, entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, business strategists and consulting experts to openly build and publish three new business plans for 21st century journalism. These plans will focus on hyperlocal, city-metro and paid-content models, with all work being progressively shared on the web through blogs, Google Docs, video and open discussions. This grant will result in at least three complete business plans focusing on hyperlocal, city-metro and paid-content models. These models will be grounded in real-life examples and cases, including existing Knight News Challenge projects. All […].
MIT Media Lab (Earmark: Innovators Guild: Detroit)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6125-- Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 11/30/2013; goal: To engage MIT Media Lab students, faculty, and member companies to work on developing a long-term relationship between Detroit communities and the MIT Media Lab community, benefiting both groups academically, technically, and socially. The Innovators Guild: Detroit is a new collaboration between the MIT Media Lab, the design firm IDEO, and Detroit-area social change agents. The guild's mission is to use design to solve social problems. The project launched in October 2012.
Globe Newspaper Company (Earmark: The Boston Globe)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4723-- Grant period: 06/01/2010 - 12/31/2010; goal: To install and test at The Boston Globe newly revised computer code that replicates and then adds to the local data mapping functionality of EveryBlock.com.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Harvard University)534,000.0072--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4181-- Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 12/31/2011; goal: To provide a top-flight U.S. education to a new generation of journalists who would return to Latin America in leading roles, with an emphasis on digital journalists.
Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (Earmark: Inter American Press Association)225,000.00184--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5822-- Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 07/31/2014; goal: To support the Inter American Press Association’s development of a strategic plan focusing on impact and sustainability.
University of Maryland Foundation (Earmark: Knight Center for Specialized Journalism)1,145,000.0045--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4233-- Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 11/30/2011; goal: To transform the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism into a multimedia, digital learning center.
Miami Childrens Museum (Earmark: MiChiMu Expansion Plan)60,000.00354--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5909-- Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014; goal: To support a collaborative development process with NorthStar Advisors that will result in a strategic five-year expansion plan for Miami Childrens Museum.
World Wide Workshop for Children's Media Technology & Learning (Earmark: Globaloria)227,500.00183--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4580-- Grant period: 06/01/2009 - 08/31/2010; goal: To empower students to create their own web-games that focus on First Amendment, News Literacy and Journalism topics The World Wide Workshop Foundation is a global, nonprofit educational organization. Its mission is to harness the potential of computers and the internet to enhance technological fluency for creative learning. Under the leadership of Dr. Idit Harel Caperton they developed Globaloria in 2006 as a network for learning social-issue web-based game design that empowers youth with digital literacies and web 2.0 skills so they can actively participate in 21st century life. The opportunity is to experiment with an educational model that is relevant to today’s generation of students, allowing them to analyze, design and build their own web-based games to “learn by doing.” This project also provides innovative opportunities for civic engagement and participation among technologically-underserved and economically-underprivileged students in rural West Virginia. This grant will support Pilot Year 3 of Globaloria. At least 45 students will use the new “News and Information” platform during the 2009-2010 academic year to create 20 games that reflect and reinforce their connection to First Amendment, News Literacy and Journalism related topics. It is expected that the success of this approach will encourage more and more […].
MIT Media Lab (Earmark: The Center for Civic Media)3,760,000.007--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5176-- Grant period: 04/01/2011 - 06/30/2014; goal: To accelerate adoption of community news and information technology through The Center for Civic Media at MIT The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing an additional $3.76 million in MIT’s Center for Civic Media to further its groundbreaking work with new technologies to inform and engage communities. The center, launched in 2007 with seed funding from Knight, will use the new support to solidify its leadership in the emerging media innovation field and expand its curriculum and outreach programs. Read news release.
French-American Foundation (Earmark: Symposia on Immigration Reporting)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4542-- Grant period: 05/01/2009 - 06/30/2010; goal: To improve the quality, depth and awareness of immigration reporting in North America and Europe through two international symposiums, one in Paris and one in the United States The global economy has made of immigration a global issue. More and more people move from one country to another in search of better opportunities in employment, education, health, safety and quality of life. The increase in mobility of people from one country to another generates news; however, media coverage tends to focus on illegal immigrants and sensational stories that center around crime and economic peril. News coverage can have an impact on immigrant communities and the ways they are perceived. This grant gives Knight the opportunity to improve the quality and depth of reporting on immigration and bring international attention to the issue. It also gives Knight the opportunity to participate in a strategic partnership with other foundations to showcase international best practices, and give journalists the tools they need to produce balanced and insightful reporting on issues such as immigration, integration, access to education, employment and health care. The grant will create a network of journalists and leaders interested in immigration issues. It will give journalists, nonprofit organizations and leaders […].
Florida International University (Earmark: Florida International University)25,000.00399--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4029-- Grant period: 11/01/2006 - 12/31/2007; goal: To study and discuss the future of news in Cuba FIU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication specializes in teaching bilingual and Spanish-language journalism. FIU’s International Media Center works to strengthen professional news media in Latin America. It has trained more than 8,000 Latin American journalists in 14 countries since 1988. This grant will support a daylong roundtable among Cuban-American community members, Cuba experts and 10 independent Cuban journalists in exile. They will discuss the future of media in Cuba and assess what type of training independent journalists in Cuba should receive and whether the journalists working for state media could be trained for a new role in a post-Castro Cuba. In addition, Spanish-speaking FIU journalism students will participate in a student reporting project, interviewing at least 30 recently arrived Cubans about how they got their news in Cuba and what kind of news they think would fit the needs of Cubans.
George Washington University (Earmark: Prime Movers)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3862-- Grant period: 08/01/2005 - 08/01/2006; goal: For a bridge grant to extend Prime Movers, a program that starts and strengthens student media and develops women and journalists of color as mentors, and to help it develop a national high school radio curriculum.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: Global Business Journalism Program)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5144-- Grant period: 02/01/2012 - 01/31/2014; goal: To move the Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University toward sustainability as it attracts more revenue and students The International Center for Journalists and Tsinghua University in Beijing launched China’s first Global Business Journalism Program on September 17, 2007. The initiative includes a two-year master’s degree program and professional trainings for working journalists from around the country. The founding sponsors of the program are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bloomberg, and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, which form a unique partnership between business and media organizations. The overall goal of the program is to create a cadre of top-notch business reporters and editors, who can produce clear, balanced and insightful coverage of China’s markets and the global economy. Tsinghua University, one of China’s premier research and teaching institutions, host seminars, briefings, and field trips to supplement the demanding program. The program’s faculty also organize parallel training workshops for working journalists throughout the academic year. Bloomberg News contributed ten Bloomberg terminals for the program’s business media lab to provide students with access to real-time information and data in the business world. GBJ will help make China’s markets more transparent and foster greater understanding between […].
Stony Brook Foundation (Earmark: Stony Brook Foundation)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4585-- Grant period: 05/01/2009 - 06/30/2011; goal: For a planning grant to help secure stimulus funding for News Literacy education Educated citizens are more demanding news consumers. The pioneering Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University will seek to expand news literacy at the high school and college level by seeking millions of federal stimulus dollars newly available for education programs. This planning grant will give the Center the time and resources to seek up to $10 million in stimulus funds, including from the Department of Education’s innovation fund. They will also develop a specific project plan and solidify partnerships with 25 universities. These funds would be used to hire between 50 and 100 journalists for up to two years at the universities. The journalists would receive News Literacy instruction training from the Center. Preference in funding would go to universities that agree to find ways on their own to sustain the News Literacy classes.
The Pop Tech Institute (Earmark: PopTech Impact Fund)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5697-- Grant period: 11/01/2012 - 10/31/2013; goal: To support the PopTech Impact Fund, which supports unconventional, collaborative discovery and innovation The Impact Fund helps high-potential teams of collaborators in the early stages of their work by providing in-kind support, resources and small amounts of risk capital to projects where either success or failure may illuminate new paths to field-wide impact. Instead of operating in months-to-years, our goal is to respond to opportunities in days to weeks by harnessing the power and capacity of our network. The PopTech Impact Fund will become fully operational in 2013. To receive an update, or to learn how you or your organization can support the Impact Fund, please email [email protected].
Democracy Works (Earmark: TurboVote)205,000.00196--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5436-- Grant period: 02/01/2012 - 01/31/2013; goal: To support TurboVote, an online platform for registering, finding election information, and voting by mail. This grant will fund the development and expansion of TurboVote, a one-stop platform that helps users register to vote, provides local election information, and guides users through the process of voting by mail. The system will provide personalized information including election office contacts, voting details, and candidate information. By enabling the scale and deployment of TurboVote, this grant will create a lasting service aimed at making voting easier. In the 2012 election this service will simplify the voting process for at least 500,000 users, most of whom will be college students—a group frequently disadvantaged by the complexity and rigidity of voting procedures. In the process, TurboVote will create a number of local election information datasets, which other groups will use for other projects and tools.
Internews (Earmark: Internews)600,000.0063--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4123-- Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 12/31/2011; goal: To support the digital retraining of Internews' network of 60,000 journalists worldwide.
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: American Society of News Editors Foundation)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4021-- Grant period: 11/01/2006 - 03/31/2009; goal: To revitalize high school journalism and revamp www.highschooljournalism.org The Council of National Journalism Organizations raises the visibility and membership of professional journalism groups and helps them work efficiently together. During the past decade, the council’s membership has more than doubled to 53 groups. These groups, representing at least 25,000 American journalists, set standards and offer training. With this grant, the council will work with the Society of Professional Journalists to improve and expand www.journalismtraining.org, a calendar of training opportunities, and to revamp its own web site, www.cnjo.org, and to better market the services of professional journalism organizations.
Next City (Earmark: Shared City)75,000.00340--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6020-- Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 01/31/2014; goal: For an online daily column and three in-depth stories in Next City that illuminate the issues associated with the Shared City and its possible future implications for cities and citizens.
National Public Radio (Earmark: NPR Digital Training for Journalists)1,500,000.0035--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5389-- Grant period: 01/01/2012 - 01/01/2014; goal: To expand digital training of public radio journalists Related: see "How National Public Radio embraced digital" on Knight Blog.
Pacific News Service (Earmark: Pacific News Service)247,000.00169--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4415-- Grant period: 05/01/2009 - 04/30/2011; goal: For the Ethnic Media Digital Divide Initiative, a one-year pilot project to expand the digital reach and capacity of low-tech ethnic print publications New American Media, founded by the nonprofit Pacific News Service in 1996, is a national multi-channel news and communications organization connecting ethnic media with one another, with youth media and with the larger civic media. NAM is dedicated to bringing the voices of those traditionally marginalized by both “old” and “new” media—including ethnic minorities and immigrants—into the national discourse. Ethnic media are gaining recognition as the fastest growing sector of American journalism. Close to 51 million ethnic adults, or one out of four American adults, depend on the ethnic media sector for news, information and entertainment, according to a 2007 New American Media multilingual poll. However, fewer than 30 percent of ethnic news outlets have a robust presence online. At a time when the traditional business and distribution models are no longer viable on their own, the biggest challenge for ethnic media is bridging the digital divide so they can continue to meet the information needs of their communities. The opportunity here is to help these outlets secure their own long-term survival by creating a model to […].
Internews (Earmark: Internews)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3891-- Grant period: 11/01/2006 - 11/01/2008; goal: To increase coordination of media development and journalism training internationally.
Participatory Culture Foundation (Earmark: Amara)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5393-- Grant period: 01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012; goal: To expand and improve the Universal Subtitles tool for titling and translating video across the Internet.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (Earmark: National Association of Hispanic Journalists)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4590-- Grant period: 05/01/2009 - 10/31/2011; goal: To launch web-based digital journalism training as a regular part of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention Founded in 1984, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists is dedicated to the recognition and advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. The 2,300-member group trains and networks Hispanic journalists, holding an annual conference and job fair attended by nearly 2,000 and a annual banquet that has raised more than $600,000 in scholarships for more than 400 college journalism students. This grant will sponsor the participation of 38 Hispanic journalists at the annual NAHJ Convention, where they will receive training in online journalism. They will continue to offer digital training at future conferences. NAHJ also will track whether or not participants in this training get jobs as a result. It is expected that the web pages containing the training will receive significant traffic, extending the value of the training beyond the convention. Ultimately, we hope this grant helps to increase newsroom diversity by giving Hispanic journalists the opportunity to receive the knowledge and skills they need to be marketable in today’s media environment.
Endaga (Earmark: Endaga)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5010-- Grant period: 07/29/2014 - 07/29/2015; goal: Endaga empowers anyone, anywhere to run their own cellular networks and brings connectivity to the billion people internationally without it.
Aspen Institute (Earmark: Knight Commission on the Information Needs in a Democracy)1,700,000.0029--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4259-- Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 01/31/2011; goal: To call national attention to the issue by creating a high-level Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.
University of Maryland Foundation (Earmark: Knight Hall)2,400,000.0018--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3993-- Grant period: 10/01/2006 - 10/01/2008; goal: To create the programming for the Knight Institute for the Future of Journalism.
University of Maryland (Earmark: Knight Hall)2,000,000.0025--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3997-- Grant period: 10/01/2006 - 10/01/2011; goal: To complete a new college of journalism building, Knight Hall, to house the Knight Institute for the Future of Journalism. This grant will complete construction of a new journalism building, named Knight Hall, which will be occupied by fall 2009. The new 60,000-square-foot, $27.7 million facility will house the Knight Institute for the Future of Journalism, which will bring together Knight-funded programs. They include the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism; J-Lab, which runs the Knight-Batten Awards for Journalism Innovation, New Voices and the Knight Citizen News Network; Knight Chair Haynes Johnson; and the American Journalism Review. Additional professional journalism groups may want to locate to the state-of-the-art Knight Hall. This grant aims to focus Knight’s programs on the future of journalism and improve journalism education and professional development and training. Knight Hall is supported by an additional $2.4 million grant to create the Knight Institute. Note: In 2002, a five-year, $3 million challenge grant was awarded for the journalism building.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (Earmark: National Association of Hispanic Journalists)5,000.00434--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4042-- Grant period: 10/01/2006 - 10/01/2007; goal: For the 21st Annual Noche de Triunfos Journalism Awards Gala.
Ashoka (Earmark: Ashoka News & Knowledge Entrepreneurs)3,000,000.0010--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4251-- Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 12/31/2011; goal: To identify and invest in social entrepreneurs in journalism through Ashoka Fellowships Founded in 1980 by social entrepreneur Bill Drayton, Ashoka finds, supports, and advance the impact of leading social entrepreneurs around the world. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected more than 1,800 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows. The fellows are chosen because they have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to create lasting, visible change. As fellows, they are given living stipends, professional support and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries. With the digital revolution turning journalism upside down and inside out, never before has the field had such entrepreneurial opportunity. Ashoka will use its tested selection criteria to find leading social entrepreneurs in journalism, criteria that align with Knight Foundation's elements of transformation.
Stony Brook Foundation (Earmark: Stony Brook Foundation)1,700,000.0029--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3977-- Grant period: 10/01/2006 - 03/01/2012; goal: To establish the nation's first required college-wide program in News Literacy Stony Brook established an undergraduate journalism school in fall 2006. Its mission is twofold: train the next generation of journalists and educate the next generation of news consumers. This project will teach a News Literacy course to every entering student over a four-year period, from 2007 through 2011. At least 10,000 students will be taught how to critically judge the credibility of news reports, to understand the role and standards of responsible media and to recognize the value of choosing reliable news outlets. Stony Brook also will develop a multimedia textbook, make the syllabus and class available to other universities and create a cadre of graduate students who will advance research and knowledge in News Literacy. The project aims to demonstrate that a generation of news consumers can be taught to understand the journalism of verification so they will consume the news citizens need to make informed decisions.
WGBH Educational Foundation (Earmark: Short-form Frontline)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6404-- Grant period: 07/10/2014 - 08/08/2015; goal: To support WGBH develop and test a short-form digital Frontline series to engage a new audience of millennials with quality journalism.
Trustees of Boston University (Earmark: WBUR BizLab)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6450-- Grant period: 07/10/2014 - 08/14/2015; goal: To launch the WBUR BizLab, a free-standing team to experiment with new revenue strategies to increase WBUR's future sustainability and share findings with the public media community.
Northeastern University (Earmark: Initiative for Investigative Reporting)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4814-- Grant period: 06/01/2010 - 05/31/2012; goal: To expand a proven model, the Investigative Reporting Seminar, into an institute serving community newspapers and digital news startups.
Tides Center (Earmark: World Summit Youth Award)53,200.00357--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4551-- Grant period: 04/01/2009 - 11/30/2009; goal: To sponsor the participation of 80 young people from around the world at the World Summit Award and help them network with one another about the best practices in digital journalism, communications and technology The WSYA selects and promotes best practice in e-Content. It demonstrates young people's potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together in the efforts to reduce poverty and hunger, and to tackle ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental degradation. The WSYA is organised as a follow up activity of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and its action plan towards the year 2015.
Channel One Network (Earmark: Channel One: First Amendment)2,250,000.0022--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4022-- Grant period: 10/01/2006 - 10/01/2011; goal: For a strategic alliance with Channel One to promote First Amendment and student media Channel One is the only TV channel that reaches directly into America’s middle and high schools. A daily 12-minute newscast is broadcast into 11,000 schools, 350,000 classrooms and to more than 7 million students. A third of U.S. teens watch it. This grant will promote greater First Amendment education, the creation and strengthening of student media, increased use of news in the classroom and more civics education. PSAs, First Amendment news reports and partnerships with Knight grantees will create more exposure for grantees’ work. At least 50 schools in Knight communities will be added to the Channel One network. This grant aims to spread First Amendment education and student media nationwide to help a new generation of citizens become more informed, interested and effective.
Public Media Company (Earmark: Channel X Online Marketplace)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6472-- Grant period: 07/10/2014 - 08/14/2015; goal: To develop functions and services specific to news content at Channel X, an online marketplace that helps public TV and radio broadcasters discover, buy and license content aimed at a young and diverse audience.
Scoop Media (Earmark: Scoop Media: Scoop44)136,400.00281--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4541-- Grant period: 04/01/2009 - 06/30/2011; goal: To support the launch of Scoop44, a nonprofit youth-run news bureau covering the administration in Washington, D.C. Scoop44 was launched in February 2009 under Scoop Media, a New York-based nonprofit corporation founded by student journalists in November 2007. There is no major media organization run by young Americans that is designed to cover major political issues. The opportunity is to take advantage of the explosion of digital tools, online reporting and social media to create an organization by and of young people. This grant experiments in creating a new kind of self-sustaining nonprofit news bureau run entirely by young journalists. It is expected to increase the quality and quantity of news stories focusing on how new policies relate to and affect the nation’s youth. In addition, a majority of each day’s stories will be produced for multiple platforms using multiple media. Ultimately, this grant will help inform a new generation around national and international issues central to the nation’s future that affect Americans of all ages. (Note: Scoop44 is currently operated as Scoop2012.com).
University of Southern California (Earmark: Knight Digital Media Center)1,663,000.0033--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5367-- Grant period: 12/12/2011 - 11/30/2014; goal: To focus the Knight Digital Media Center at USC training in support of Knight Foundation's Community Information Needs initiative.
Aspen Institute (Earmark: Aspen Institute)600,000.0063--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4292-- Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 12/31/2011; goal: To focus the Aspen Forum on Communication and Society on issues of media and community.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Harvard University)140,000.00279--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3976-- Grant period: 10/01/2006 - 10/01/2008; goal: To support two Nieman Fellows from Latin America during the 2007-08 academic year The Nieman fellowships are the best-known of their type in the country. Each year, 24 of the best and brightest journalists spend an academic year of study at Harvard. Since 1985, Knight Foundation has helped support 16 Knight Latin American fellows. Rosental Alves, the Knight Chair in International Journalism who directs the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas-Austin, was a 1988 Nieman fellow. During the next two years, four leading Latin American journalists will spend nine months at Harvard, attending seminars and activities, designing their own course of study and writing an article about their experience for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas web site. Upon returning to their countries, they plan to advocate for higher standards in their news organizations, influence broader press freedoms and teach and train others. A two-year, $140,000 grant was added to support two more Nieman fellows during 2007-08.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Knight Fellow at the Shorenstein Center)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4793-- Grant period: 06/01/2010 - 06/30/2011; goal: To support a Knight Fellow at the Shorenstein Center.
Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (Earmark: Radio and Television News Directors Foundation)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4007-- Grant period: 09/01/2006 - 09/30/2007; goal: To improve electronic journalism in America's high schools Since 2001, Knight Foundation has invested more than $3.2 million through the Radio and Television Directors Foundation to improve electronic journalism in America’s high schools. RTNDF has created 116 new broadcast journalism programs and strengthened at least 300 others. This grant refocuses RTNDF’s Knight-funded efforts on use of the Internet to reach more schools and students. The project will create online teacher lessons for both new and veteran high school media advisers; develop an online teacher certification credit course in broadcast journalism; promote student-to-student learning by allowing students to create “directors cuts” videos that will explain what went into producing the award winning videos posted on the RTNDF site www.hsbj.org; and continue to offer RTNDF partnerships that match schools to local radio and television stations for mentoring, but add a “virtual mentoring” capability.
Tides Center (Earmark: Drupal Voicebox Module by Bill Fitzgerald)88,380.00332--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4480-- Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 11/30/2010; goal: To create a free digital publishing system that allows communities to share local news and information with one another. This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative, a contest that taps into and uses the social network and aggregated knowledge of a technology community for the benefit of better grant-making. The digital revolution means the local public square is moving online. More and more, the places that connect individuals together and help them discover their common needs and challenges are local online news and information sites. But in a networked world, a single online community can be like a single island in the ocean. Communities need a network through which they can connect with other communities that might have similar needs and challenges so that they can learn from one another. This grant will release a free publishing system that can be easily used by anyone in any community. It is expected that the new free publishing system will allow communities to receive, create and share information both within the community and with other communities. We also expect this grant to help communities share strategies, best practices and lessons learned. Ultimately this grant will be a big step toward […].
Tides Center (Earmark: Managing News by DevelopmentSeed)195,000.00237--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4481-- Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 09/30/2010; goal: For a free, open source Drupal module that will help people map where news is happening. Part of Knight Drupal Initiative. This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative, a contest that lets computer programmers recommend the kind of news tools they think the open-source community needs. This grant gives Knight the opportunity to create new media tools that will help people organize online news and information in ways that make it more useful to them. The grant gives Knight the ability to help create the following two free and open-source Drupal-based tools: 1) A mapping tool that allows people to geo-tag stories and see the location on a map of where the stories originated; 2) A news monitor that allows people to aggregate multiple local news sources based on topic or issue. By the end of this grant there will be free, open-source Drupal-based mapping and news aggregation tools. It is expected that these new media tools will work together or separately on any Drupal site. We also expect this grant to provide clear and easy documentation on how to implement the new media tools. It is hoped that this grant will help lower the barriers to entry […].
Tides Center (Earmark: Documenting Drupal by Addison Berry)50,500.00358--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4499-- Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To expand the users of Drupal by creating clear, easier to use operating instructions. Part of Knight Drupal Initiative. This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative, a contest that tapped into a community of software developers to help the foundation make better technology grants. Drupal is an open source software package that allows anyone to start a news and information site. The software developers who improve it on a volunteer basis number more than 300,000. Millions download and use the software. Many of those users do not have extensive backgrounds in Web technology. Having clear, concise, up-to-date documentation is essential for the technically inexperienced who want to get a Web site implemented. Lack of good, accessible documentation leaves an extremely useful tool out of reach for many people. This grant will make the Drupal software easier to use by allowing more than two million current users to take full advantage of its capabilities, and by enabling more people with little or no technical knowledge to begin using it. We expect that by using Drupal, more people will be able to exchange ideas, news and information and increase the number of annual Drupal downloads.
Tides Center (Earmark: Appleseed: The News Literacy Project)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4247-- Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 04/30/2009; goal: To develop and launch Appleseed: The News Literacy Project.
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: American Society of News Editors Foundation)146,750.00276--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3952-- Grant period: 09/01/2006 - 09/30/2007; goal: To expand national Sunshine Week in 2007 to help raise public awareness and support for open government issues This grant will help the American Society of Newspaper Editors build the Knight First Amendment Fund to continue “Sunshine Week’’ and help the nation’s leading journalism organization transform into a 21st century organization. Through this project, Sunshine Week, a national educational campaign about the importance of open government, will continue annually through at least 2010, increasing their reach each year. ASNE also will: create a reserve fund for freedom of information issues that come up each year; hold a major conference in January 2007 and others as needed to examine the issue of federal prosecutors and the news process; hire a development person to help raise $3.75 million for a second endowment fund to help ASNE reform its membership, convention and web sites policies to expand its reach among the nation’s 1,500 daily newspapers, and lead and help editors make the transition to multimedia operations.
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies (Earmark: The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Inc. EyeTrack)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5376-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 01/31/2013; goal: For new EyeTrack research on mobile devices, providing guidance for news organizations and other developers of mobile storytelling apps to help engage consumers and improve revenue.
Tides Center (Earmark: Instant Syndicating Standards by Nick Vidal)25,000.00399--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4457-- Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: For free, open-source software that enables people to discover and syndicate the news and information that matters most to them within their social network. Part of Knight Drupal Initiative This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative. The foundation asked the Drupal community for its top ideas to improve this open source software platform. This grant focuses on the use of the software package for social networking, a hugely popular activity in the digital era. It will create a software application intended to make the sharing and receiving of information through social networks much easier. The grantee will develop free, open-source software that allows individuals to create and share a personal stream of information. This Drupal software application will be used on Orkut, Google's social networking platform. Orkut is the most used social networking platform in both Brazil and India, two of the world's most populous countries. It is expected that the new Drupal application will allow people to easily distribute information they are looking for in their social network. It is expected to help individuals navigate through the enormous amounts of information on the web and their networks to find exactly what they are looking for. Ultimately this […].
Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (Earmark: Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4015-- Grant period: 09/01/2006 - 09/30/2008; goal: To help BlackCollegeWire.org find a new, permanent home BlackCollegeWire.org, a news service that advances journalism in historically black colleges, has expanded since it was created in 2002 by Knight funding. It has been housed at Florida A&M and the National Association of Black Journalists. This grant will give BlackCollegeWire.org time to search for a new, permanent home, with the help of the Maynard Institute; create and implement a strategic plan to expand the project’s mission; and continue to expand the news service, by adding at least three more schools’ online publications to the site. The project aims to give students of color better access to practical journalism experience, and to help improve journalism education at historically black colleges and universities.
Media Development Loan Fund (Earmark: Legal Aid for Developing World Digital Journalists)110,000.00303--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4947-- Grant period: 04/01/2011 - 12/31/2013; goal: To promote freedom of expression by joining in a global project providing legal representation to selected bloggers and digital journalists Media Development Loan Fund is a mission-driven investment fund for independent news outlets in countries with a history of media oppression. We provide low-cost capital and technical know-how to help journalists in challenging environments build sustainable businesses around professional, responsible, quality journalism. Working in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Southeast Europe and the CIS, we help essential independent news providers to expand their audience, improve their news products and become financially self-sustainable. MDLF provides leading journalists with the support they need to create lasting institutions for change.
Tides Center (Earmark: Drupal for Facebook by Dave Cohen)86,260.00333--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4458-- Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 10/31/2011; goal: To allow anyone, anywhere to easily create a "one-click" Drupal online news site that could be integrated into Facebook for publishing and distribution. Part of Knight Drupal Initiative This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative, a contest tapping computer programming skills to create new software that speeds media innovation. Facebook is one of the world's fastest-growing web sites, a social networking site with scores of millions of users. This experiment allows Knight Foundation to help create a free and easy-to-use online news area that is integrated into Facebook. It would allow any of the millions of Drupal-software users to create their own easy-to-use news site that can be shared via Facebook. The new software also would allow Facebook profiles to be imported into the Drupal news sites, making it easy for the news site users to create their own communities. This grant will create an open, free, useful and reliable integration between Drupal and Facebook, along with a ready-to-use structure for an online news site. It is expected that by the end of 2009 at least 50 web sites or Facebook applications will be based on the software package developed by this project. We also expect that by […].
Inter-American Dialogue (Earmark: Inter-American Dialogue)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3945-- Grant period: 09/01/2006 - 09/30/2008; goal: To bring together judges and prosecutors to support IAPA's Impunity project Since 1982, Inter-American Dialogue has convened leaders from across the Americas to discuss problems and opportunities in the Western Hemisphere. The Inter American Press Association’s Impunity project has raised public awareness and helped to bring to justice murderers of journalists in the Americas. To help generate support for the Impunity campaign outside the world of journalism, the Inter-American Dialogue will hold two meetings in 2007 in Colombia and Mexico to bring together at least 30 judges, prosecutors, government officials and media leaders to discuss what to do about the uninvestigated killings of journalists. A report that will include recommendations will be widely distributed.
Tides Center (Earmark: Open Microblogging by Rob Loach)40,240.00386--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4502-- Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: To create an addition to the free, open-source web publishing module that will allow anyone to add micro-blogging to a personal Drupal web site. Part of the Knight Drupal Initiative. A project that intends to create an addition to the free, open-source Drupal web publishing system that will allow anyone to add micro-blogging functionality – the transmission of brief text updates – to a personal Drupal web site and to allow the growing number of individuals and organizations using micro-blogging to receive or distribute notices across different web sites and micro-blogging services such as Twitter. The grantee is Rob Loach, a Web developer who specializes in the development of Web applications using Drupal and open-source Linux software. He works at Mansueto Ventures in New York (mansueto.com). More.
GuideStar (Earmark: GuideStar)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4305-- Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 12/31/2008; goal: To improve nonprofit services to the media and to create a News University module on covering the nonprofit sector.
Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (Earmark: Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4886-- Grant period: 05/01/2010 - 04/30/2011; goal: To illuminate the role played by journalism within and beyond the Japanese-American Internment Camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming during World War II.
MIT Media Lab (Earmark: MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6094-- Grant period: 06/22/2013 - 12/31/2013; goal: To support the 2013 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference at the MIT Media Lab.
International Women's Media Foundation (Earmark: International Women's Media Foundation)20,000.00412--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4310-- Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 12/31/2008; goal: For general operating support.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (Earmark: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3820-- Grant period: 06/01/2005 - 06/01/2006; goal: To provide grants to state coalitions for freedom of information.
Sawhorse Media, LLC (Earmark: Sawhorse Media: Shorty Awards)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4539-- Grant period: 01/01/2009 - 12/31/2009; goal: To identify and recognize the best producers of content on Twitter by sponsoring the Shorty Awards Twitter has emerged as a powerful new medium. It combines the features of blogs, instant messages and e-mail. It’s short-form, personal nature offers opportunities for journalists, groups, nonprofits, governments, companies and individuals to communicate in ways distinct from other digital media. It is particularly suited for brief status updates, and seems useful for breaking news. A contest would provide a systematic way to discover or recognize who’s doing the best job of non-fiction work on Twitter. This grant creates the Shorty Awards. (In its first year, the award drew 50,000 entries). It is expected to become an annual event, with the number of participants growing every year. It is hoped that the winners of the first awards will inspire more journalists and others to use Twitter or similar services.
The North Carolina A&T State University (Earmark: The North Carolina A&T State University: Black College Wire)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4200-- Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 03/31/2009; goal: To help BlackCollegeWire.org become self-sustaining.
Center for Investigative Reporting (Earmark: Experiments with Umbel)24,000.00408--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6140-- Grant period: 11/01/2013 - 10/31/2014; goal: To support experimentation with Umbel, an analytics tool for understanding audience, to help inform journalism coverage and business development.
Western Kentucky University (Earmark: Western Kentucky University)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3761-- Grant period: 05/04/2005 - 05/04/2006; goal: To create online teaching tools with the National Press Photographers Association This grant will create an online educational program for the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism contests. The contest will be judged online. The project web site also will contain additional teaching tools. A roundtable will be held to discuss ethics and First Amendment issues.
The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (Earmark: Knight Innovation Awards)216,000.00194--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6399-- Grant period: 07/01/2014 - 07/30/2017; goal: To support three years of the Knight Award for Media Innovation, celebrate news innovators and encourage others to innovate in journalism. VICE Media co-founder and CEO Shane Smith will receive the Knight Foundation’s 2014 Innovation Award on Dec. 1 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism — and leading technologists and entrepreneurs from outside of the media industry will present their ideas for how journalism needs to evolve. More.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Earmark: Project Liberty)345,000.0089--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5895-- Grant period: 06/17/2013 - 07/01/2016; goal: To expand Project Liberty, a Philadelphia-based digital media incubator. A project of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Project Liberty launched in 2011 to build a community of startups in Philadelphia and foster newsroom innovation. Since then, Ben Franklin has supported eight startups along with Interstate General Media LLC (IGM,) publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. Project Liberty was the first incubator in the nation to reside within a traditional media company, a model now followed by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and other media outlets. Housed amid the company’s newsrooms, Project Liberty is designed to promote innovation and adoption of new technologies as a way to provide communities the information they need. Participating startups receive six months of rent-free space, mentoring, equipment and technical and administrative support. Companies also receive access to Philly.com, Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com as a platform for launching their new products. Knight Foundation supported the initial launch of the incubator to test the effectiveness of the model. The new funding will help Project Liberty attract both talented entrepreneurs and new funding from public and private sources. The incubator will also expand its applicant pool and provide incumbents with more […].
SnagFilms LLC (Earmark: SnagFilms)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4959-- Grant period: 05/01/2010 - Invalid date; goal: SnagFilms is a company dedicated to ubiquitous distribution of non-fiction (documentary) and independent films. The company enables better, faster and cheaper distribution of this content, broadening the audience for the films and generating additional revenues for the filmmakers, who can then go on and create more films.
Minnesota News Council (Earmark: Minnesota News Council)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3562-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 05/01/2007; goal: To seed the launch of a new state news council.
MPT Foundation (Earmark: Media Innovation Tools)230,000.00181--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5058-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 11/30/2013; goal: To create a media innovation web site to review online tools and websites that deliver new forms of news and information.
International Center for New Media (Earmark: International Center for New Media)249,000.00167--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4790-- Grant period: 05/01/2010 - 04/30/2013; goal: To partner with the Austrian based International Center for New Media and add a new category to the contest for the best digital projects covering the Millennium Development Goals.
The Pew Charitable Trusts (Earmark: Facebook and the News)240,000.00176--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5929-- Grant period: 06/03/2013 - 12/31/2013; goal: To study how people consume news on Facebook, produce a report on “Facebook and the News,” and conduct a feasibility study of a new digital tracking tool.
Duquesne University (Earmark: Mobile Media Content Research)125,750.00284--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5124-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 11/30/2013; goal: To evaluate the ways in which audiences access the quality, usability, and trustworthiness of news content created and delivered via mobile devices.
Palo Alto Unified School District (Earmark: Palo Alto Unified School District)35,000.00391--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4792-- Grant period: 05/01/2010 - 06/30/2011; goal: To create and pilot a 21st Century Literacy curriculum.
Link Media (Earmark: Link Media)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3681-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 05/01/2006; goal: To develop a plan to sustain Mosaic, a satellite televison program bringing Americans news and opinion from the Middle East.
World Press Freedom Committee (Earmark: World Press Freedom Committee)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4518-- Grant period: 12/19/2008 - 12/31/2010; goal: To continue World Press Freedom Committee's research, monitoring and advocacy work defending press freedom abroad.
Michigan Corps (Earmark: Promoting Detroit Entrepreneurs)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5829-- Grant period: 06/01/2013 - 06/30/2015; goal: To mobilize hundreds of residents to fund and champion Detroit entrepreneurs.
voiceofsandiego.org (Earmark: Web-to-print publishing)86,100.00334--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5350-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 08/31/2012; goal: For an experiment in web-to-print publishing of local news content Voice of San Diego, a pioneering nonprofit news organization focusing on local investigative reporting in San Diego, is going beyond its online site to publish a print and digital monthly magazine. Voice of San Diego Monthly is part of the site’s new membership program, which aims to build a community of readers to help support the organization into the future. Members receive the publication for free, along with other benefits. The magazine is also available on demand at MagCloud.com. For years, Voice of San Diego (VOSD) has relied on thousands of donors, sponsors, foundations and partners to support its mission. The membership program – developed with a $186,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation - will assist VOSD in building a robust and well-organized community of supporters out of its thousands of existing donors.
Participatory Culture Foundation (Earmark: Miro)196,000.00234--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5055-- Grant period: 03/21/2011 - 03/31/2012; goal: To support Miro, a free Internet-based video player that enables consumers and community groups to view and distribute online video.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: International Center for Journalists)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4536-- Grant period: 12/19/2008 - 05/31/2011; goal: For the India International Journalism Institute in New Delhi, India.
Salzburg Seminar in American Studies (Earmark: Salzburg Seminar in American Studies: Knight Fellowship Program)135,000.00283--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3982-- Grant period: 08/01/2006 - 08/01/2007; goal: For a conference and a plan to redesign the Knight Fellowship Program Salzburg Seminar will convene some 75 former Knight Fellows at a conference at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. The conference will allow the fellows to continue the learning from previous Salzburg events and discuss how to improve the Knight Fellowship program. Salzburg will then develop an action plan that will clarify program improvements in future years.
Virginia Coalition for Open Government (Earmark: Virginia Coalition for Open Government)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3643-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 05/01/2007; goal: For a challenge grant to raise a permanent endowment.
Hypothes.is (Earmark: Hypothes.is)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5749-- Grant period: 06/01/2013 - 06/30/2014; goal: To scale the existing prototype of Hypothes.is, an open source tool and community for annotating content across the internet. The nonprofit Hypothes.is will use the funding to test its open annotation tool, which adds a layer of public feedback to web pages, so that people can get deeper insight into the information they browse. The tool is grounded in an emerging web standard called open annotation, currently being developed under the W3C, which aims to standardize the structure and exchange of annotations across digital content.
Aspen Institute (Earmark: Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy)809,991.0055--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4736-- Grant period: 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2012; goal: To advance a detailed national policy discussion of the findings of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.
Tides Center (Earmark: Cafebabel.com)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4511-- Grant period: 12/19/2008 - 12/31/2011; goal: To support the planning and development of new Web 2.0 editorial and business strategies for an online news site covering the European Union Globalization and interdependence make the world look more and more like a true global village. The current economic challenges are a perfect example of how we all are interconnected and how political and economic events transcend borders. In today's world there is a need for a good transnational editorial and news business model that can both reach transnational audiences and distribute relevant and current information to those audiences while at the same time using that reach to generate the necessary revenue to sustain the operation. This grant gives Knight Foundation the opportunity to support Babel International in their development of a new editorial and business model that could provide news and information to transnational communities. Babel International is a nonprofit organization based in Paris and is the publisher of Cafebabel.com. The online site was founded in 2000 and was the first multilingual site covering the European Union. Note: A.k.a. Babel International PARIS, France - Cafebabel.com, the first pan-European online newsmagazine, will develop new web 2.0 tools for its site and strength its business model to ensure long-term […].
National Public Radio (Earmark: National Public Radio)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3713-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 05/01/2006; goal: For a planning grant to enhance local news capacity.
WNYC Radio (Earmark: WNYC)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3727-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 05/01/2006; goal: To continue support for "On The Media,'' a public radio program reporting on the world of journalism.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Harvard University)124,194.00297--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5059-- Grant period: 03/01/2011 - 03/31/2012; goal: To evaluate the impact of the Text Haiti campaign and the significance for mobile charitable giving.
The Five Freedoms Project (Earmark: The Five Freedoms Project)80,000.00336--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4452-- Grant period: 12/19/2008 - 12/31/2009; goal: To expand programming while supporting new organizational leadership capacity and long-term strategic development.
Tides Center250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4234-- Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 12/31/2008; goal: To pioneer a new way of covering political campaigns by going beyond the red-vs.-blue debate.
Public Interest Projects (Earmark: InsideClimate News)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5934-- Grant period: 06/01/2013 - 06/02/2014; goal: To diversify revenue sources for InsideClimate News ICN is the third web-based news organization to win national reporting honors, and the smallest among a trio that includes ProPublica and Huffington Post. See more here.
Patchwork Nation (Earmark: Patchwork Nation)450,000.0080--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4799-- Grant period: 04/01/2010 - 06/30/2012; goal: To advance new reporting models and partnerships by extending the Patchwork Nation system of county-by-county demographic breakdowns to individual congressional districts.
George Washington University (Earmark: George Washington University)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4506-- Grant period: 12/19/2008 - 06/30/2010; goal: To create a multimedia online discussion and opinion site where the best arguments become part of a periodic PBS special.
University of California, Berkeley (Earmark: University of California, Berkeley)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4236-- Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 11/30/2008; goal: To stabilize an important investigative reporting program at U.C. Berkeley during a time of economic uncertainty for enterprise journalism.
University of California, Berkeley (Earmark: University of California, Berkeley)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3978-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007; goal: To teach journalism's core values to citizen contributors Citizen journalism advocate Dan Gillmor will direct the creation of five online training modules that discuss journalism’s core values: 1) thoroughness, 2) accuracy, 3) fairness, 4) transparency and 5) independence. The modules are designed to increase the quality of citizen contributions to online discussions or news reports. The modules are planned to help make editors feel more comfortable with the quality of citizen contributions, causing those editors to use citizen contributions more often. This project is part of the Knight Citizen News Network.
PBS MediaShift (Earmark: PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Bloggers)75,000.00340--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5142-- Grant period: 03/01/2011 - 03/31/2014; goal: MediaShift Idea Lab is a group weblog by innovators who are reinventing community news for the Digital Age. Each author won a grant in the Knight News Challenge to help fund a startup idea or to blog on a topic related to reshaping community news. MediaShift Idea Lab is a group weblog by innovators who are reinventing community news for the Digital Age. Each author won a grant in the Knight News Challenge to help fund a startup idea or to blog on a topic related to reshaping community news. The authors will use Idea Lab to explain their projects, share intelligence and interact with the new-media community online. If you're interested in joining them, and getting a grant from the Knight News Challenge, please visit the News Challenge website. To see biographies of all Idea Lab authors, go to this page.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: International Center for Journalists)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4528-- Grant period: 12/19/2008 - 12/31/2010; goal: To expand the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University in China.
Participatory Culture Foundation (Earmark: Participatory Culture Foundation: Make Internet TV)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3992-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007; goal: To teach citizens how to shoot news video, upload it to a blog and share it with others The Participatory Culture Foundation will create tutorials teaching how to shoot, edit and upload video to a web site. The tutorials will discuss what equipment and software to use, how to format the video for the web, how to load that video onto your own or other web sites, and how to syndicate it to others. The training modules are designed to increase the number and quality of citizen news videos online and to help more communities have video coverage of important events that would not be broadcast on local television news stations. This project is part of the Knight Citizen News Network.
Institute for Nonprofit News (Earmark: Mentoring Online News Publishers & CJET Effectiveness)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5906-- Grant period: 05/31/2013 - 05/31/2014; goal: To provide business education and mentorship to online news publishers and assess the impact of the Community Journalism Executive Training (CJET) program.
University of Texas at Austin (Earmark: Knight Center at the University of Texas-Austin)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5600-- Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2014; goal: To provide bridge support for the Knight Center at the University of Texas-Austin, for its digital journalism training work in the Americas, as an in-depth assessment and a sustainability study are conducted to help plan the future of the Center.
Wesleyan University (Earmark: Wesleyan Media Project: Video Monitoring)248,679.00168--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5341-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 11/30/2013; goal: To track and analyze all broadcast television advertisements and YouTube videos aired during the 2012 election.
Trustees of Boston University (Earmark: New England Center for Investigative Reporting)400,000.0084--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4698-- Grant period: 04/01/2010 - 04/30/2012; goal: To establish revenue-generating projects at Boston University's New England Center for Investigative Reporting.
Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (Earmark: Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4254-- Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 04/30/2009; goal: To finish an investigative reporting project started by slain Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey.
Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York (Earmark: Knight Case Studies Initiative)1,250,000.0040--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3995-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2011; goal: To establish the Knight Case Studies Initiative at Columbia University and plan a journalism leadership center The digital revolution is changing newsroom decision-making. The Knight Case Studies Initiative is a new journalism education model that is designed to create future journalism leaders. The case-studies program is based on the successful Harvard Case Studies run by its business school. This grant will use dynamic, multimedia techniques, integrating real-life case studies into the journalism school’s curriculum. The web-based case studies will show the real-time ethical, management and leadership issues a publisher, executive editor or a senior correspondent considers in making decisions at the highest levels of the profession. A new, permanent graduate course, “Decision Making in Journalism,” will be created from a dozen cases. This project aims to change the way journalism decision-making is taught in this country by giving teachers and the profession powerful new tools to work with.
Newspaper Association of America Foundation (Earmark: Newspaper Association of America Foundation)225,000.00184--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3733-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 05/01/2007; goal: To develop sixth grade classes that use newspapers to teach language arts Since 1954, the NAA Foundation has coordinated the Newspaper in Education program to encourage the use of newspapers in schools. Today there are NIE programs at more than 950 of the nation’s 1,450 daily papers. This project will develop and test a set of sixth-grade language arts classes that use newspapers and meet national standards. The classes will integrate reading, writing, journalism, grammar, linguistics and visual literacy. A daily newspaper will be used as a textbook and resource. The classes will be tested in 20 classrooms in disadvantaged schools, hopefully increasing reading test scores in those classes.
Tapad (Earmark: TapAd)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4993-- Grant period: 05/29/2013 - 05/29/2014; goal: TapAd enables publishers and brands to serve ads to the same users across devices (for example from web to mobile), increasing the value of mobile and web ads for publishers.
San Francisco State University Foundation (Earmark: PopandPolitics)160,000.00248--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3738-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 01/31/2008; goal: To enhance the PopandPolitics web site to train multicultural students to produce multimedia stories.
Upworthy (Earmark: Upworthy)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4994-- Grant period: 05/29/2013 - 05/29/2014; goal: Upworthy is an online media company built on curating and sharing viral content that underscores meaningful causes, and encouraging users to spread the word.
The Paley Center for Media (Earmark: Next Big Thing)195,770.00236--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5177-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 11/30/2012; goal: For The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation, a series of forums that allows news and information entrepreneurs to showcase and pitch their startup enterprises to an audience of high level media executives and investors.
Online News Association (Earmark: ONA: Knight Public Service Award)225,000.00184--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3928-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2008; goal: To fund an executive director for the Online News Association and establish the Knight Public Service Award The Online News Association will hire a full-time executive director to make ONA financially independent and self-sustaining. The executive director will conduct funding drives and programs to increase ONA membership and sponsor revenue. A new online journalism award, the Knight Public Service Award, will carry a $5,000 prize. This award will be given in October 2006, and each year thereafter, as part of the annual Online Journalism Awards. The grant also helps ONA expand its award judging by working with other professional journalism associations.
National Association of Black Journalists (Earmark: Black College Wire expansion)191,000.00238--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3741-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 05/01/2006; goal: To expand BlackCollegeWire.org.
Zeega (Earmark: Zeega)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4995-- Grant period: 05/29/2013 - 05/29/2014; goal: Zeega enables the easy creation of multimedia content allowing seamless mashups of video, sound, gif, picture and text content from across the web.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Earmark: Livingston Awards for Young Journalists)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5636-- Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2015; goal: To extend the prestigious Livingston Awards for Young Journalists for two years while a permanent endowment is sought.
Personal Democracy Forum (Earmark: Personal Democracy Forum: 10 Questions)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4843-- Grant period: 04/01/2010 - 05/31/2011; goal: To increase public engagement in the local electoral process by creating an online multimedia dialog between voters and candidates.
WNYC Radio (Earmark: WNYC)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3932-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007; goal: To support "On the Media," a public radio program reporting on the world of journalism WNYC produces “On the Media,’’ which launched in 1995 with the help of a Knight grant. The show, with nearly one million listeners, won a 2004 Peabody award. This grant will enable the program to continue its diverse content, including reports on how the media is covering the Middle East, the war in Iraq, energy prices, the upcoming 2007 fall elections, 2008 congressional campaigns and the presidential primary. The project hopes to help listeners become better news consumers and increase demand for quality news.
Washington News Council (Earmark: Washington News Council)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3813-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 03/31/2009; goal: To seed the launch of a new state news council.
Matt Singer (Earmark: Videolicious)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4990-- Grant period: 05/29/2013 - 05/29/2014; goal: Videolicious makes an app that allows users to easily create videos from their mobile phones. From TechCrunch: [Videolicious] has raised $2.25 million from investors that include Washington Post Company, Amazon.com, and the Knight Foundation. The round was led by Venture51 and Social Leverage, and includes existing investors such as Joanne Wilson, Trestle Ventures, and Quotidian Ventures. The company has now raised more than $4 million to date. The funding comes as Videolicious has placed a big bet on getting journalists to sign up and use the app, a bet that seems to be paying off. More than 100 newspapers, magazines, and TV stations have signed up in the last few months, getting their journalists to use the app to quickly create video news reports while out in the field. The Washington Post, for instance, was one of the first news organizations to begin using the app, and now has 30 reporters on the app.
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: Free to Tweet)196,000.00234--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5357-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 08/31/2012; goal: For the "Free to Tweet" campaign, a national celebration of the First Amendment through social media.
Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (Earmark: Radio and Television News Directors Foundation)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3545-- Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 05/01/2007; goal: To train mid-level broadcast news managers.
Senzari (Earmark: Senzari)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4991-- Grant period: 05/29/2013 - 05/29/2014; goal: Senzari’s open graph technology enables content recommendation across media. Publishers can use this technology to drive audience engagement by better integrating music and videos.
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies (Earmark: PolitiFact training)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4800-- Grant period: 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2011; goal: To train Florida news organizations how to use PolitiFact, a Pulitzer-Prize winning process used to check facts stated by political sources in news stories.
Society of Professional Journalists (Earmark: Society of Professional Journalists)120,000.00298--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3866-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/31/2008; goal: To transfer journalismtraining.org to SPJ as an ongoing program.
Kent State University (Earmark: Kent State University: Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3974-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 03/31/2009; goal: To establish a Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism to lead national efforts to revitalize high school journalism Kent State’s Scholastic Media Program is considered to be one of the nation’s best. For six consecutive years, Kent State has been one of five universities to host the American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Institute. The program, part of Knight Foundation’s High School Initiative, trains high school teachers to start or improve high school newspapers. This grant will convert the vacant John S. Knight Chair in English Composition and Theory, endowed with a $1 million grant in 1990, to a Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism. The Knight Chair will create innovative programs, including an online and on campus master’s program for scholastic media teachers; be a leader crusading for First Amendment awareness and civic education, the use of news in classrooms and the creation of student media; help high school students understand journalism fundamentals; and encourage diverse students to pursue journalism careers.
Catchafire (Earmark: Catchafire)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5009-- Grant period: 06/20/2014 - 06/20/2015; goal: Platform connecting professionals with nonprofit volunteer opps.
The American University (Earmark: J-Lab)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4801-- Grant period: 02/15/2011 - 01/31/2012; goal: To enable J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism to develop a focused plan for its future work promoting media innovation and entrepreneurship.
University of Southern California (Earmark: Spot.us)5,000.00434--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4842-- Grant period: 03/15/2010 - 03/14/2011; goal: For general operating support of Spot.Us.
Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (Earmark: Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication)205,000.00196--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3747-- Grant period: 04/25/2005 - 05/24/2008; goal: To train new journalism deans and directors This project will create a leadership institute to train 15 new deans and directors of journalism and mass communication programs. The deans or directors will get the tools and training they need to strengthen their programs and work more successfully with faculty, alumni and administration officials. A significant number of journalism deans are retiring. Their replacements do not all have experience in educational leadership.
Asian American Journalists Association (Earmark: Asian American Journalists Association)5,000.00434--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4845-- Grant period: 03/15/2010 - 03/14/2011; goal: For general operating support.
Yale University (Earmark: Knight Chair in Constitutional Law and the First Amendment)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3189-- Grant period: 04/07/2005 - 04/07/2007; goal: To expand the reach of the Knight Chair in Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Three post-doctoral fellows will work with Knight Chair Jack Balkin on research projects in freedom of speech, democracy and technology. The research will result in a report on the relationship between public attitudes and Supreme Court decisions on the First Amendment. The fellows also will assist the Knight Chair on books and white papers, in outreach activities and in special programs related to law and technology.
voiceofsandiego.org (Earmark: Voice of San Diego)5,000.00434--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4844-- Grant period: 03/15/2010 - 03/14/2011; goal: For general operating support.
The Council on Foreign Relations (Earmark: The Council on Foreign Relations)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4227-- Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 11/30/2009; goal: To train journalists to do foreign policy reporting for the 2008 presidential election.
George Washington University (Earmark: Prime Movers)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3967-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007; goal: To develop a Prime Movers high school journalism program in Philadelphia Prime Movers is a program that starts and strengthens student media and develops women and journalists of color as mentors. GW ran a pilot program in 2004-05 and continued in 2005-06. It created or improved media outlets at six schools, with 12 professional mentors and 16 student mentors teaching. It also developed a national high school radio curriculum, working with the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation. This grant will test new student media models in Philadelphia and develop a plan to scale up student media throughout the city, where only 18 of the 52 high schools have student newspapers.
PBS MediaShift (Earmark: Journalism Education #edshift blog)95,000.00326--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6156-- Grant period: 11/01/2013 - 11/02/2015; goal: To ignite journalism education reform efforts with an outreach campaign on the MediaShift blog on PBS.org.
The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (Earmark: City University of New York)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3983-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007; goal: To teach media law to bloggers and citizen journalists.
University of Maryland Foundation (Earmark: Knight Citizen News Network)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3994-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007; goal: To create and manage the Knight Citizen News Network The Knight Citizen News Network is designed to be an online training center for citizen journalists and a showcase for all of Knight’s web-based training endeavors, including J-Learning, at Maryland University, NewsU at the Poynter Institute and the Knight New Media Center in Berkeley and Los Angeles. It aspires to teach anyone how to use the latest technologies to produce compelling stories about and for their own communities. Administered at J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland, the grant will create a new web site to host the Knight Citizen News Network. The site will be a one-stop online training destination helping citizen journalists report valuable, informative news that mainstream media is not able to cover.
Internews (Earmark: Internews)500,000.0074--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3799-- Grant period: 04/01/2005 - 04/01/2006; goal: To rebuild radio journalism in northwest Indonesia in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Search for Common Ground (Earmark: Outreach at Nexus Global Youth Summit)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5764-- Grant period: 05/01/2013 - 11/30/2013; goal: To support the Nexus Global Youth Summit, with the goal of engaging more wealthy young people in media and community information philanthropy.
Rochester Institute of Technology (Earmark: Rising Above the Crowd)154,900.00251--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5063-- Grant period: 02/01/2011 - 07/31/2011; goal: For Rising Above the Crowd, a real-time experiment in community engagement using mobile devices and interactive displays.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Harvard University)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4362-- Grant period: 12/16/2008 - 10/31/2011; goal: To expand and improve a citizen media law project that provides legal education, resources and assistance to individuals, organizations and Knight grantees.
Tides Center (Earmark: Patchwork Nation developed for The NewsHour)225,000.00184--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4527-- Grant period: 12/16/2008 - 06/30/2010; goal: To use the Patchwork Nation platform and visual data display to provide a portrait of a nation in the midst of economic, political and cultural change. Patchwork Nation has embarked on a new partnership with "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," working along with The Christian Science Monitor, and you may have noticed some changes on the site in the past week. Consider this a tour of the new site, which gives users many more opportunities to get inside the numbers we regularly examine and the community types we have identified across the nation’s 3,100-plus counties. There are now essentially two versions of the site: The Christian Science Monitor’s and the "NewsHour’s." Patchwork Nation is an effort designed to better study and analyze the United States as it undergoes a period of dramatic change. It is funded by the Knight Foundation.
Northwestern University (Earmark: MediaInfoCenter.org)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3763-- Grant period: 04/01/2005 - 04/01/2006; goal: To enhance the Media Management Center's website, MediaInfoCenter.org.
Committee to Protect Journalists (Earmark: Committee to Protect Journalists)100,000.00309--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3801-- Grant period: 04/01/2005 - 04/01/2006; goal: To establish a special free press fund to protect Indonesian journalists from government censorship and harassment in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (Earmark: 'Creating A Public Square in a Challenging Media Age')98,500.00325--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4745-- Grant period: 03/01/2010 - 02/28/2011; goal: To issue a white paper that will advance the findings of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy and provide ideas to implement its recommendations. Note: The finished white paper by Norm Ornstein was published as "Creating A Public Square in a Challenging Media Age." Please see related project here.
Free Press (Earmark: Free Press)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4730-- Grant period: 02/01/2010 - 01/31/2011; goal: To organize public responses to the Knight Commission recommendations, doing four white papers on key policy areas. Note: please see related project here.
Independent Television Service (Earmark: ITS: One Water)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4139-- Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 11/30/2009; goal: To develop a new global network of public broadcasters that will coordinate worldwide release of "One Water'' and other works produced by the Knight Center for International Media.
DataKind (Earmark: Datakind)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5915-- Grant period: 05/01/2013 - 04/30/2014; goal: To support better use of data by nonprofit organizations, through three activities: 1) DataCorps consulting for nonprofits; 2) DataDive hackathon events, 3) setting up local DataKind chapters. DataKind connects leading volunteer data scientists with social organizations to effect positive action using data science. Using a combination of “DataDives” and “DataCorps,” the organization promotes a collaborative approach to problem-solving. Through DataDives, weekend events that bring the data science community together with nonprofits, the groups tackle tough social issues. Similarly, DataCorps projects call on specialized teams of data scientists to work on more in-depth projects for organizations including governments, foundations or non-government organizations (NGOs) These involve three- to six-month collaborations to clean, analyze, visualize and apply data to address more pervasive challenges.
Sawhorse Media, LLC (Earmark: Sawhorse Media: Shorty Awards)75,000.00340--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4734-- Grant period: 02/01/2010 - 02/28/2011; goal: To identify and recognize the best producers of content on Twitter by sponsoring the Shorty Awards.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (Earmark: Reporters Committee)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5083-- Grant period: 01/01/2011 - 01/31/2012; goal: To help the Reporters Committee engage with a new generation of journalists.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Earmark: The School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation of North Carolina)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4705-- Grant period: 02/01/2010 - 02/29/2012; goal: To convert the existing James L. Knight Professorships to the James L. Knight Chair in Digital Advertising.
International Center for Journalists (Earmark: International Center for Journalists)400,000.0084--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3800-- Grant period: 04/01/2005 - 12/31/2006; goal: To train print and broadcast journalists in northwest Indonesia in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Harvard University)280,000.0096--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3684-- Grant period: 03/15/2005 - 07/31/2007; goal: To support Nieman fellows from Latin America during the next two years.
Do Something (Earmark: Crisis Text Line planning grant)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5824-- Grant period: 04/12/2013 - 03/31/2014; goal: To support the planning for the establishment of a Crisis Text Line to assist teens in crisis.
Michigan State University (Earmark: Knight Center for Environmental Journalism)2,150,000.0023--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3501-- Grant period: 03/15/2005 - 04/30/2011; goal: To expand the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism in partnership with the university and launch an endowment campaign In the United States, some 2,500 to 5,000 journalists write regularly about the environment. But as many as 20,000 general assignment reporters occasionally write environmental stories. This project addresses the need for training by supporting a major outreach effort, in partnership with Michigan State University. Jim Detjen, the Knight Chair for Environmental Journalism, has directed the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism since 1999. Activities include: developing a master’s degree specialization in environmental journalism, which the university will continue in perpetuity; holding at least 20 training events; expanding the center’s web site to offer on-line modules; developing a broadcast course; producing a textbook; and launching an endowment campaign.
Emerson Engagement Lab (Earmark: New Urban Mechanics Collaborative)145,000.00277--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5687-- Grant period: 04/12/2013 - 03/31/2014; goal: To support the implementation of community-driven technology programs developed through a collaborative of Knight grantees and the Harvard Kennedy School. What is New Urban Mechanics? New Urban Mechanics is an approach to civic innovation focused on delivering transformative City services to residents. While the language may sound new, the principles of New Urban Mechanics - collaborating with constituents, focusing on the basics of government, and pushing for bolder ideas - are not. In fact, Boston’s Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, who is known as the Urban Mechanic, has been preaching this mantra for years. Through the pairing of big ideas and the knowledge of constituents’ specific interests, Menino has become Boston’s longest serving mayor, and the city has become one of the most envied in the country. Likewise, in Philadelphia, Mayor Michael A. Nutter has built a strong reputation by improving education and safety and strengthening partnerships with neighborhood organizations as he leads the nation’s fifth largest city. To speed the rate of municipal innovation in their respective cities, Mayor Menino, in 2010, and Mayor Nutter, in 2012, created Mayor’s Offices of New Urban Mechanics. Part of the local government, this office serves as each City’s innovation incubator, building partnerships between […].
UK Citizens Online Democracy (Earmark: Assistance for Miami & San Jose Tech. Communities)199,700.00233--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5766-- Grant period: 04/12/2013 - 11/30/2014; goal: To support the Miami and San Jose tech communities by providing technical assistance and creating new tech models for those engaging with government for the first time. At present, UKCOD's main activity is running the mySociety project. mySociety builds websites which give people simple, tangible benefits in the civic and community aspects of their lives. It also aims to teach the public and voluntary sectors, through demonstration, how to use the internet most efficiently to improve lives. The current flagship projects are:.
George Washington University (Earmark: George Washington University)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4199-- Grant period: 11/01/2007 - 07/30/2008; goal: To complete a new approach to starting student media by establishing Media Clubs in Philadelphia.
The Bay Area News Project (Earmark: Armstrong CMS)975,000.0050--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5072-- Grant period: 12/13/2010 - 03/31/2012; goal: To support the free publishing software for nonprofit news organizations developed by two leaders, The Bay Citizen and The Texas Tribune.
American Society of News Editors Foundation (Earmark: ASNE Foundation)160,000.00248--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4215-- Grant period: 11/01/2007 - 11/01/2008; goal: To create a new First Amendment awareness campaign and strengthen national Sunshine Week in 2008 This grant will increase the number of participants in Sunshine Week 2008. Public officials will be asked for their positions on open government and the First Amendment, their views posted on the popular web site, SunshineWeek.org. Partnerships will include radio, television and the web. A prominent personality who will be national spokesperson. Sunshine Week began in 2005 as an annual event to celebrate the importance of open government and free expression during the week of the March 16 birthday of James Madison, fourth president of the United States and author of the Bill of Rights. The American Society of Newspaper Editors is raising an endowment that will make the week a permanent part of the journalism landscape. In addition to strengthening Sunshine Week, this grant will help ASNE’s First Amendment Committee research and develop a campaign to spread First Amendment awareness more generally. These projects came about after a steep drop in public support for the First Amendment and a rollback of Freedom of Information laws nationally in the wake of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Syracuse University (Earmark: Syracuse University)160,000.00248--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3954-- Grant period: 04/01/2006 - 05/31/2007; goal: To increase the impact of TRACFED, a database of government actions used nationally by news media In 1997, Knight funds launched a web service called TRACFED. Run by Syracuse University, this service has become one of the web’s most important public storehouses of facts and figures about how the federal government enforces the law, where it assigns employees, and how it spends its money. Through this grant, TRAC will increase its earned income through new information products and expanded marketing and solicit monetary and in-kind contributions. It will also seek a range of partnerships to fund authoritative reports on special interest topics.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (Earmark: The Wait We Carry)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5635-- Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 01/31/2014; goal: To develop a platform and database that tracks veterans' wait times for VA health and mental care, education benefits, and other services.
Internews (Earmark: Internews)25,000.00399--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4248-- Grant period: 11/01/2007 - 11/01/2008; goal: To provide reporting tools for journalists covering Burma's military crackdown.
Jefferson Institute (Earmark: Jefferson Institute: Serbian Military Archive)50,000.00359--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3968-- Grant period: 04/01/2006 - 04/01/2007; goal: To digitize key parts of the Serbian military archive, create a searchable database and train Serbian journalists to use it.
The University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Earmark: University of Kentucky)103,000.00307--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3793-- Grant period: 03/15/2006 - 07/13/2007; goal: To increase the impact of the Institute of Rural Journalism and Community Issues The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, housed in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at University of Kentucky, was started in 2002 to improve the journalism reaching the 56 million people in the rural United States. This grant will help increase the Institute’s impact by completing a national survey of rural media to gauge their scope and training needs, improving its web site, www.ruraljournalism.org, and creating a journalism training module for News University.
Media Impact Funders (Earmark: Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media)4,850.00441--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5051-- Grant period: 12/13/2010 - 12/12/2011; goal: For 2011 general operating support.
Philadelphia's Children First Fund (Earmark: Philadelphia's Children First Fund)125,000.00285--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4198-- Grant period: 11/01/2007 - 06/30/2010; goal: To complete the merging of Philadelphia's new Media Clubs into the regular operations of the school district.
TCC Group (Earmark: TCC Group)500,000.0074--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3718-- Grant period: 03/15/2005 - 03/15/2007; goal: To expand the Challenge Fund for Journalism, a program that teaches groups how to build their own organizations. There are roughly 50 national journalism organizations in the United States. These groups promote higher professional standards. Some are more financially stable than others. The Challenge Fund for Journalism was created in 2003 to help seven journalism groups learn how to raise money from their members. This project will train up to eight journalism groups, nominated by Knight, in capacity building and challenge grant fundraising. Depending on their needs, groups will get technical assistance, capacity grants, peer learning and matching challenge grants. The TCC Group is a management consulting firm that works with funders and nonprofit organizations. This grant is a partnership with Ford Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
National Security Archive Fund (Earmark: 2011 Knight Open Government Survey)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5073-- Grant period: 12/01/2010 - 10/30/2011; goal: To determine how well the federal government follows its own freedom of information rules with the 2011 Knight Open Government Survey.
North Carolina Open Government Coalition (Earmark: North Carolina Open Government Coalition)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4135-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 06/30/2011; goal: For a challenge grant to raise a permanent endowment The N.C. Open Government Coalition is a relatively new group, formed in 2004 by a broad alliance of groups to promote public access to government records, meetings and activities. A start-up grant from the National Freedom of Information Coalition, a Knight grantee, provided seed money for what had been a state volunteer organization. This grant is expected to help the North Carolina Open Government Coalition raise an endowment of $500,000 to $750,000. The $25,000 in annual interest income from the endowment is expected to permanently fund a part-time executive director to organize programs, build membership, hold yearly state conferences and publish educational materials. The board leadership and members will focus on coalition-building and fund raising. Ultimately, this grant aims to raise public awareness of the importance of open government in a democracy.
University of Southern California (Earmark: Knight New Media Center)650,000.0060--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3863-- Grant period: 03/14/2006 - 09/30/2008; goal: To re-launch the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism as the Knight New Media Center This grant re-launches the Western Knight Center as the Knight New Media Center, specifically focused on helping good journalists and good journalism succeed in the 21st century. It will specialize in delivering content training to new media journalists as well as new media training to traditional journalists. The center will convert its web site into an interactive learning and resource center and experiment with videoconferencing and webinars. This grant is part of the foundation’s effort to help journalists succeed in a new media world. The center will offer seminars directly to 150 journalists each year, including a leadership workshop for news leaders who are transforming their news operations. The content training offered to new media journalists will include improving online coverage of topics ranging from elections to urban growth to globalization. New media training includes skills training in the latest interactive storytelling techniques. Since 2002, the center has been a new media leader, both in teaching practitioners and in using the World Wide Web to draw 30,000 unique monthly visitors.
The Center for Public Integrity (Earmark: Center for Public Integrity, Huffington Post Investigative Fund Merger)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5091-- Grant period: 12/01/2010 - 11/30/2011; goal: To support the merger of Center for Public Integrity with Huffington Post Investigative Fund.
The Ohio State University Foundation (Earmark: The Ohio State University)177,300.00244--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4151-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 12/31/2009; goal: To train journalists to do in-depth public affairs reporting with digital media skills During January through June in 2008 and 2009, a total of four leading journalists will be Knight Digital Media and Public Affairs Fellows in the Kiplinger Program. Newsrooms will publish/air the fellows’ digital media projects and use them as examples for other journalists who want to learn multimedia storytelling. Fellows will share what they learned with colleagues and provide training and assistance in producing effective projects. It’s expected that newsrooms will offer returning fellows opportunities to pursue more high-quality, multimedia public affairs projects. Ultimately, this grant will result in Kiplinger revamping its program to focus on digital reporting on public affairs. The Kiplinger Program at Ohio State agrees to continue the digital media emphasis after the grant term is over. This grant is part of a series helping training programs adapt to the digital revolution in news.
The Paley Center for Media (Earmark: Public forums on secrecy)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6265-- Grant period: 05/01/2014 - 05/30/2015; goal: To support a series of public forums examining government secrecy and threats to privacy and the role of media in challenging government on those issues. The Nov. 6 installment of The Paley Center for Media’s Next Big Thing series will explore these questions. A “state of the union” will help us take stock of what’s working and the new initiatives that are accelerating success. A “reality check” conversation will explore the question of how citizen interaction and experience with government is kept center stage. Pitch sessions and Q&As with leading technologists will look at core plumbing solutions and innovative citizen engagement initiatives.
Games for Change (Earmark: Games for Change)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5126-- Grant period: 12/01/2010 - 11/30/2012; goal: To add a News Games resource hub to an expanded web site, make the annual Knight News Games award permanent and widely promote such games.
saambaa (Earmark: saambaa)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4998-- Grant period: 10/19/2014 - Invalid date; goal: Saambaa enables newsrooms to publish local information and entertainment content on a branded mobile app that helps them generate revenue and connect with a younger audience.
World Press Freedom Committee (Earmark: World Press Freedom Committee)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3714-- Grant period: 03/01/2005 - 03/01/2009; goal: To continue monitoring press freedom issues and coordinate responses to press freedom threats.
Federation of American Scientists (Earmark: Federation of American Scientists)80,000.00336--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3910-- Grant period: 03/01/2006 - 03/31/2009; goal: To expand the reach of Secrecy News, which explains national secrecy policies The Federation of American Scientists publishes Secrecy News, an e-mail newsletter edited by Steven Aftergood that appears at least twice a week. The newsletter provides an important early warning service for increases in federal government secrecy. In addition to Secrecy News, the project links to online source documents, provides daily support to journalists who report on secrecy; and litigates Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. This grant will expand the reach of the newsletter though collaboration with the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government.
The Center for Public Integrity (Earmark: Center for Public Integrity)454,000.0079--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4487-- Grant period: 12/08/2008 - 12/31/2009; goal: To transform the Center for Public Integrity into a news organization that uses the latest digital production and distribution tools, along with social networking, to form new reporting and distribution partnerships.
The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship (Earmark: The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship)75,000.00340--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3946-- Grant period: 03/01/2006 - 03/01/2009; goal: To expand the development of a model alumni program for journalism training The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, named after the late U.S. ambassador to Germany and former Federal Reserve Board chairman, is an exchange program for journalists in the United States and Germany. Each year, it awards 20 two-month fellowships – 10 to Americans, 10 to Germans – and they switch countries and cover the news. The program, which has 333 alumni, maintains contact with 95 percent of them. This grant will enable the Burns Fellowship program to further develop their alumni network, and to share their best practices with Knight’s midcareer training programs.
International Research and Exchange Board (Earmark: IREX)5,000.00434--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4735-- Grant period: 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010; goal: For general operating support. IREX is the organizer of World Press Freedom Day.
American Public Media / Minnesota Public Radio (Earmark: Public Insight Network)2,950,327.0012--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4431-- Grant period: 12/08/2008 - 02/28/2012; goal: To expand Public Insight Journalism to an open-source platform and extend it beyond public radio and into Knight communities.
MinnPost (Earmark: MinnPost)380,000.0086--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4294-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 10/01/2008; goal: To provide additional funding to MinnPost through an anonymous donor.
Wesleyan University (Earmark: Wesleyan Media Project)74,851.00347--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6364-- Grant period: 05/01/2014 - 05/30/2016; goal: To support the Wesleyan Media Project, which will track and analyze broadcast ads aired in the 2014 election campaigns to enhance transparency in elections. Transparency and government responsiveness depend critically on real-time publicly available information disclosing efforts to influence elections. The Wesleyan Media Project tracks and analyzes all broadcast advertisements aired by or on behalf of federal and state election candidates in every media market in the country. Since the 2010 election cycle, we have been providing real-time information on the extent of corporate and union spending in federal election campaigns across the country, who specifically is doing that spending and which candidates are benefiting.
Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (Earmark: IAPA: Impunity Project)2,500,000.0015--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4120-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 10/31/2012; goal: To broaden the Impunity project to judges and lawmakers, making the unpunished killing of Latin American journalists "everybody's problem" The Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa, also known as the Inter American Press Association Press Institute, has defended freedom of the press in the Americas for more than half a century. In the 1990s, the association convinced leaders throughout the hemisphere to sign the Declaration of Chapultepec in support of free expression. At the time journalists were killed in Latin America and South America with an impunity rate of 100 percent, meaning that every murdered escaped without arrest, prosecution, conviction or imprisonment. IAPA began to develop an Impunity campaign, a successful combination of rapid response teams that investigate murders, coverage of the crimes and letter to local authorities, a hemisphere-wide advertising campaign and visits to heads of state. After a year of study, IAPA has determined that the next best phase for this campaign would be to expand its campaign for arrests to be made in the murders of journalists by making impunity “everybody’s problem.” The project would be expanded by organizing forums and meetings with judges and lawmakers in countries where there is the greatest likelihood that policy and legal changes […].
JumpStart Productions LLC (Earmark: Jumpstart: NOW on PBS - The Sunshine Gang)45,000.00384--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3943-- Grant period: 03/01/2006 - 03/01/2007; goal: To support the PBS program NOW's special show on "The Sunshine Gang".
Reframe It (Earmark: Deliberative Polling)167,960.00246--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6132-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 10/31/2014; goal: To test a new journalistic approach to covering policy and legislation by using Deliberative Polling, a special research method, in concert with reporting, to cover technology issues and policy.
MinnPost (Earmark: MinnPost)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4203-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 09/30/2008; goal: To help launch a new kind of "digital daily,'' a quality nonprofit online news organization serving the state of Minnesota MinnPost is a new not-for-profit enterprise, whose mission is to publish a new, high-quality daily news report online and to develop a sustainable business model for quality journalism. In many cities, daily newspapers are cutting back staff as advertising dollars move to other media. Critics argue that these dailies are getting less serious, less ambitious, less courageous and far less comprehensive. The digital revolution is causing “creative destruction’’ of the economics of metropolitan daily newspapers and network television. This grant will help launch a new kind of “digital daily,’’ a quality nonprofit online news organization serving the state of Minnesota and enable them to help launch and support activities for 15 months. MinnPost has a combination of ad revenue, foundation support and membership donations. It is an experiment in a new nonprofit business model for quality journalism.
The Harwood Institute (Earmark: The Harwood Institute)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3581-- Grant period: 02/01/2005 - 08/31/2007; goal: To place its civic journalism archives at the University of Kansas, and help develop tools to improve community journalism.
Captricity (Earmark: Captricity)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4975-- Grant period: 09/14/2012 - 09/14/2013; goal: Captricity is an award-winning cloud-based service that turns paper information into digital data more easily, quickly, and cheaply than existing alternatives. The company was founded in 2011 by Kuang Chen and Jeff J. Lin. For more information, please visit http://captricity.com/press-center..
Vidpresso (Earmark: Vidpresso)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5008-- Grant period: 04/29/2014 - 04/29/2015; goal: Social media tools for television.
University of Kansas Center for Research (Earmark: University of Kansas Center for Resarch)200,000.00201--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3579-- Grant period: 02/01/2005 - 06/30/2011; goal: To develop tools to improve community journalism.
Louisiana State University and A & M College (Earmark: LSU: Multicultural Student Leadership Conference)35,000.00391--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4232-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 01/31/2009; goal: To increase multicultural journalism education through a conference that will create a best practices book and a popular web site This project will create a best practices book on journalism and mass communication schools with the greatest record of success in understanding and teaching about news and newsroom diversity. The book will have recommendations on how to implement similar programs at other schools, and be a resource guide for programs interested in improving their diversity records. About 2,000 copies of the book will be sent to journalism schools and professional journalism organizations. The book also will be posted on the Manship School of Mass Communication’s web site, Mass Communicating: the Forum on Media Diversity (www.masscommunicating.lsu.edu). It is expected that the project will increase the teaching of media diversity in U.S. journalism schools and help develop a Rainbow School Network, a consortium of schools that will work together nationally on behalf of diversity. Ultimately, this grant aims to increase diversity in newsrooms and in news coverage.
New Leaders Council (Earmark: NLC Miami)22,000.00411--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5892-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 06/16/2015; goal: To support NLC Miami which aims to empower and root young civic leaders in Miami by providing mentorship, a skills building curriculum and connections.
Hyperaudio Incorporated (Earmark: Hyperaudio Pad Development)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5864-- Grant period: 04/01/2013 - 10/31/2013; goal: To develop and deploy Hyperaudio Pad, an open source tool for editing audio and video content by editing a precisely matched text transcript.
The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (Earmark: MassINC)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5604-- Grant period: 09/01/2012 - 08/31/2013; goal: To support a regional media network that will increase the public affairs and investigative reporting capacity of nine community newspapers.
National Public Radio (Earmark: National Public Radio)1,500,000.0035--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4204-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 03/31/2010; goal: To help NPR move itself from a public radio company to a public media company NPR is the nation’s largest source of quality radio news. In 2005, Knight gave NPR a $250,000 planning grant to enhance local news capacity. That spurred the system to work with its member stations to devise a plan to set up local news “hubs” around the country, which it is now phasing in. But NPR’s news issues have become even more pressing. Though its on-air programs have grown in popularity this past decade to reach nearly 27 million listeners each week – a 40 percent increase over the past five years – the rate of growth is slowing. To add to its reach, NPR is making a major push in the area of digital technology. During this grant, about 600 NPR staff will be trained in its new audio production and content management system. Additionally, up to 40 NPR senior managers, leaders and training staff will learn how to transform the NPR newsroom for the digital future; and about 400 NPR reporters, producers, editors and other staff will have completed multimedia skills training. It’s expected that NPR staff will learn how to gain understanding of […].
University of Maryland Foundation (Earmark: Knight-Batten Awards)180,000.00241--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3904-- Grant period: 02/01/2006 - 02/01/2009; goal: To continue the Batten Awards and rename them the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism The Knight-Batten Awards are co-named for the Knight brothers and Knight Ridder company CEO James. K. Batten. The awards honor novel approaches to journalism in both mainstream and community media that help people learn about and better understand community issues. J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism at Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism administers the awards. Six awards will be given each year, including a $10,000 Grand Prize Winner; $5,000 for a Runner-Up and at least three Awards of Distinction; and a $1,000 Wild Card Award that will go to a journalism school, a small news organization or an individual. This grant supports the foundation’s goal of increasing the use of new media to serve the public interest.
Beacon Reader (Earmark: Beacon Reader)------Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5007-- Grant period: 04/11/2014 - 04/11/2015; goal: Beacon Reader enables people to fund journalism and subscribe to writers directly. Beacon, an independent platform for journalism based in Oakland, California, was founded in 2013. Over the past year, it has paid out over $600,000 to journalists and has over 250 writers using the platform. It works with publications to get the word out about those projects, and to help their stories reach a wider audience. Past projects done in partnership with publications include “The Net Neutrality Battle,” where Techdirt raised nearly $70,000 through crowdfunding on Beacon to support its coverage of the net neutrality fight in Washington, D.C. In August 2014, The Huffington Post crowdfunded over $40,000 on Beacon for a fellowship that will allow a journalist to remain in Ferguson, Missouri, and cover the ongoing protests and their aftermath for one year. In the spring, Climate Confidential, a team of six climate and environment reporters, raised over $46,000 through crowdfunding on Beacon to create a micro-publication devoted to climate issues. And, most recently, The Texas Tribune crowdsourced funding for a 15-part series of stories on how the shale boom is changing Texas, the end product of which earned praise from The New York Times this week.
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Earmark: Harvard University)205,000.00196--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3933-- Grant period: 01/04/2006 - 01/04/2007; goal: To support a Knight Visiting Lecturer at the Shorenstein Center This program matches up recognized national news leaders with their university of choice for a one-year fellowship, during which time they’ll research and envision the future of quality journalism. In 2006, former Los Angeles Times editor John Carroll became the first Knight Visiting Lecturer. At the Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, he is researching, writing, teaching and speaking out publicly about how journalism excellence is achievable in today’s fast-changing world.
World Press Freedom Committee (Earmark: Pre-Olympic China information study)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4222-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 10/31/2008; goal: For a conference and major web campaign about China's information control before the 2008 Beijing Olympics The World Press Freedom Committee monitors threats to press freedom in the United Nations system and other major intergovernmental organizations. It promotes a common front against press restrictions through the Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations, and works to ensure that press freedom is a primary consideration for the future of news on the Internet. This grant will support a two-day conference in Paris, to examine freedom of expression in China, in advance of the Beijing Olympics. The 50 participants, including sports journalists, editors and photographers, are expected to learn about China’s methods of information control so they are better prepared to cover the Beijing Olympics. The committee’s web site will make conference material widely known, especially among the thousands of sports writers who will be attending the Olympics. This grant aims to make China’s internet and other censorship practices more widely known.
Online News Association (Earmark: Teaching Hospital Experiments)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6124-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 05/02/2016; goal: For a funders collaborative to encourage the digital transformation of journalism education through 'teaching hospital' experiments.
The Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University (Earmark: Stanford University)90,000.00329--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4101-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 03/31/2009; goal: For a strategic plan to increase the impact of the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists This one-time grant will determine how this longtime fellowship program can change to reflect the news industry’s digital transformation. Fellowships will be completed by spring 2008. It is expected that the fellowships will be restructured with an increased emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. The fellowships will explore requiring action plans from program applicants, as well as ways to collaborate with the Knight Digital Media Center at U.C. Berkeley and University of Southern California, News University, the Knight Citizen News Network, J-Lab and other Knight digital media grantees and the International Center for Journalists, which recently restructured the Knight International Journalism Fellowships.
University of Texas at Austin (Earmark: Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)1,600,000.0034--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4117-- Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 08/31/2011; goal: To refocus the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas as a digital media center In 2002, Rosental Alves, former executive editor of Brazil’s most prestigious newspaper, launched the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. During the past five years, the center has trained thousands of journalists, using distance learning to extend its training; created a trilingual web site in English, Spanish and Portuguese; helped create self-sustaining professional journalism groups in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia; formed the Austin Forum, a network of journalists’ organizations; and helped form a new national organization of investigative reporters in Colombia. This grant will help Alves will lead journalists into the 21st century by teaching great journalists the latest digital techniques, and also by using the latest digital techniques to teach great journalism throughout the Americas. This grant will enable the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas to expand its digital media work while raising funds for a fifth year of operation and to study the feasibility of an endowment. By the end of the grant, the center will have directly trained 2,200 journalists through nine innovative seminars or workshops that mix online and on-the-ground training, 35 moderated online training […].
American Public Media / Minnesota Public Radio (Earmark: Everybody at Once)42,325.00385--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6348-- Grant period: 04/01/2014 - 04/30/2015; goal: To train American Public Media producers in innovative social strategies to better engage audiences.
Waldo Jaquith (Earmark: U.S. Open Data Institute)250,000.0099--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6102-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 07/01/2014; goal: To rapidly prototype and deploy a U.S. Open Data Institute, to improve the uptake of open data standards by businesses and government, and to facilitate the free flow of information and the creation of a vibrant business sector based on that data.
Cinequest (Earmark: Cinequest Film Festival)150,000.00252--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5825-- Grant period: 04/01/2013 - 03/31/2016; goal: To provide audiences with a new way of experiencing the Cinequest Film Festival through social media, online journals, touch-based interactions, video content, online ticketing and more.

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