Posted by Nicole Chipi
Zoetic Stage (above). Photo by Justin Namon.
Today, we’re excited to share the finalists in the Knight Arts Challenge, 73 ideas culled from 1,000 plus submissions from as far north as West Palm Beach and as far south as Key West.
The list below is packed with great ...
April 30, 2015, 3:01 p.m., Posted by Julie Edgar
John Bracken, Knight Foundation's VP/media innovation (right) speaks with Beth Niblock, Detroit's chief information officer.
Rebuilding a city requires epic fortitude: the ability to face down pessimism and rejection, overcome entrenched biases and sometimes start at the very beginning.
Beth Niblock joined Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s cabinet as chief information officer a year ago, arriving at City Hall to fix and upgrade the city’s creaky infrastructure, down to the old desktop computers and printers. Niblock is in charge of records management, various dispatch systems, the city’s website – anything IT related. A new water authority that is taking over management of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department adds another layer to her job: Some 200,000 meter-reading devices need upgrading
It isn’t sexy or exciting, she quipped, during a discussion sponsored by Knight Foundation at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Wednesday.
April 30, 2015, 12:13 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth Miller Tilis
Photo (above) by Flickr user Christopher Michael.
At Knight Foundation, we know that the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland. But it’s not the only thing; a robust and thriving public life has become one of the city’s key trademarks.
That’s no accident, says Carol Coletta, Knight’s vice president for community and national initiatives. In fact, the emphasis on making public life more compelling was “part of a conscious decision by city leadership to turn its formerly opaque government into something completely different.”
An upcoming study tour of Portland, May 4-5, organized by 8-80s Cities and funded by Knight, will give city and economic development leaders and entrepreneurs from Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit; Macon, Ga.; San Jose, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; and Wichita, Kan., the opportunity to learn how the city developed a strong sense of public life. Several members of Knight’s Community and National Initiatives Program also plan to join the tour, including Carol Coletta, Benjamin de la Peña, George Abbot, Daniel Harris, Beverly Blake, Katy Locker, Susan Patterson and Kyle Kutuchief.
April 30, 2015, 11:29 a.m., Posted by Joe Bergantino
Knight Foundation recently released “Gaining Ground: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability,” a follow-up report in an ongoing series chronicling the development of nonprofit news sites. Joe Bergantino is executive director of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, one of the sites that shared their stories in the report. Here he offers more detail on how the center partners with other news organizations to maximize its impact.
From the moment the New England Center for Investigative Reporting opened its doors, partnering with public media was part of the plan. Nonprofit news outlets such as public media and ours share many of the same values—among them, a commitment to doing in-depth reporting and having an impact in our community. But like investigative reporting itself, transforming the idea into reality has required patience, perseverance and some delicate negotiations.
We currently have partnership and content deals worth close to a half million dollars a year with two competing public radio stations in Boston. These critical partnerships significantly help us build our reporting capacity, boost brand recognition and reach an even larger audience.
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