Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Chairs discuss opportunities and concerns in journalism

April 20, 2012, 3:46 p.m., Posted by David Quinones

Amid declining circulations, dwindling revenues and a lower barrier of entry for smaller and more-varied competitors, journalism faces a distressing, uncertain and, simultaneously, exciting future.

This was the consensus during the annual meeting of the Knight Chairs in Journalism, held earlier this year in  Miami. Eighteen preeminent thought-leaders in the field answered the questions, “What concerns you most about the state of journalism today? What excites you most?” Watch the videos above to hear their answers. 

The chairs work to ensure a brighter future for journalism involves several areas, including content innovation and business model adaptation. For example, a number of chairs have worked in the mobile and digital space to disseminate stories across new and varied platforms. At the University of Miami, Professor Joseph Treaster has created environmental journalism-focused websites as vehicles for documentaries, investigative reports and interactive modules. From her post at Syracuse University, Professor Charlotte Grimes has retrofitted the Democracy in Action and Democracy Wise projects to tell the stories of voters via multimedia videos.

Support for arts in Miami and Philadelphia help engage community

April 20, 2012, 11:58 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller



Visitors to Miami Beach don’t have to go too far to get a little culture - in the winter it’s often broadcast on a 7,000 square-foot wall. Members of the community are encouraged to bring a blanket, share a picnic dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the New World Symphony, thanks to innovative video and audio technology which broadcasts the symphony for free at the Miami Beach SoundScape.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the city’s premier Latino culture group is set to launch a series of live concerts under the stars. Performances will celebrate the arts of Latin America and the Caribbean and feature both world-renowned and local-area artists.

Both Knight-funded projects are examples of innovative ideas that exemplify the Knight Arts’ program mission of engaging communities in the arts.

Monday: Find out winners of the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia

April 20, 2012, 7:27 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


On Monday, tune in to find out the winning projects of the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia!

More than 1,200 ideas were submitted by artists, artist-run groups and organizations who pitched their big ideas for engaging the Philadelphia community through the arts. Earlier this year, Knight announced the 55 finalists.

Our reviewers whittled the list down to a few dozen winners and on Monday at 6 p.m., Knight will post the winning projects at We’ll also tweet the winners and other updates from the announcement ceremony via @knightfdn. The hashtag to follow along is #knightarts.

This year’s winners offer a wide array of innovative ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s communities through visual arts, music, film, theater and more.