Knight Blog

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

Knight Foundation recognized for fostering an informed and engaged San Jose/Silicon Valley

Dec. 7, 2011, 10:26 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


Nivisha Mehta, Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day Chair, joined by Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Emmett Carson and ZER01's Joel Slayton, presenting the Outstanding Foundation Grant Maker Award to Trabian Shorters and Judith Kleinberg of Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation recently won the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s “Outstanding Foundation Grant Maker Award” from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter.

Knight Program Director Judith Kleinberg accepted the award during a luncheon on Silicon Valley’s Philanthropy Day. The community event pays tribute to local leaders that “exemplify philanthropic excellence."

Knight Foundation’s grantmaking in San Jose/Silicon Valley focuses on arts and culture and creating a sense of place and vitality for the community. It also leverages the power of technology and supports digital and media literacy training to help residents in becoming more informed and engaged in important issues.

University Park Alliance: strengthening the future of Akron

Dec. 6, 2011, 4:40 p.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas

University Park Alliance's Core City Vision

The Atlantic Cities recently featured the University Park Alliance and its work to create a "sense of place" and strengthen Akron’s urban core.

The article “Building Community Around Downtown Jobs” features the alliance as leading the multi-sector team of city leaders who are working to reshape the downtown Akron area. on the future of communities and journalism; Knight report cited as a “constructive blueprint”

Dec. 6, 2011, 10:53 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller



On, author Adam Thierer asks: Do citizens have access to the right information - or know how to take action based on it - to make informed decisions about their communities and society?

His query hits at the core of the Knight Commission’s report on community information needs, which Thierer calls a “constructive blueprint” in the discussion on the topic.

In exploring for the reader the complex dynamics at play, he writes that the role government can and should have is rather controversial.