Knight Blog

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

New app helps people decide where they want to live

April 3, 2012, 12:20 p.m., Posted by Nicko Margolies

Knight Foundation has funded the Sunlight Foundation for a series of national data aps that deliver data to the public. Here, Nicko Margolies, communications coordinator, Sunlight Foundation, blogs about the launch of its newest app, Upwardly Mobile. The following is crossposted from Sunlight's blog. Photo Credit: Flickr user Joe Nicora.

We're excited to announce Upwardly Mobile, Sunlight's new webapp funded by the Knight Foundation that allows you to research where in the country you could enjoy financial security and an improved quality of life. Upwardly Mobile is an easy-to-use relocation research tool backed by powerful economic data, allowing granular comparisons without digging through arcane government reports for each indicator. We sifted through all this data so you don't have to, and this information is now presented seamlessly on any mobile or tablet platform.

Just enter your zipcode, career information and cost-of-living importance and then Upwardly Mobile gets to work generating a list of ideal places for you to move. Alternatively, you can browse individual cities to compare them to national averages. Through charts and graphs, you can explore how metropolitan areas of similar size compare to where you live now, including:

·       Occupation: Both the average salary for the selected occupation over time and income data for the entire metropolitan area.

·       Housing costs: Rents, as well as maintenance services and goods such as furniture and appliances.

·       Cost of living: Apparel, education, food and childcare.

·       Quality of life costs: Recreation, transportation and health care.

Helping non-profit news sites better understand IRS tax-exemption standards

April 3, 2012, 11:06 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

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Often before non-profit news sites start their path to sustainability, they depend on IRS determination letter to confirm their tax-exemption status. 

A new guide is intended to help journalism and non-profit news orgs better understand the IRS’ standards when it comes to determining whether they are eligible for tax-exemption status.

With more journalism-oriented non-profit sites applying for tax-exempt status, there has been confusion as to how the IRS reviews these applications and makes decisions. Tax-exempt status is often critical to the start-up capacity and long-term sustainability of many of these sites.

The guide to the Internet Revenue Decision-Making Process seeks to simplify the process and answer questions that journalism and publishing non-profit organizations may have.

The Digital Media Law Project released it as an interactive Internet-based resource as well as a PDF.

Documentary highlights South Floridians’ dedication to early years of the Peace Corps

April 3, 2012, 6:50 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

An original documentary airing tonight will highlight the experience of 11 South Floridians who served during the early years of the Peace Corps.

A unique mix of interviews, archival film and photographs, the documentary will feature personal stories from returned volunteers, detailing their service and idealism while simultaneously tracing the history and heritage of the program.

"Serving America: Memories of Peace Corps" airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. on WPBT2.

The South Floridians featured in the film include Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto  Ibargüen, who served in Venezuela and Columbia from 1971-1976, Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami who volunteered in Iran from 1962-1964, and Roland Foulkes, founder & chief strategist, One Broward, who served in Ghana, West Africa from 1982-1984, among others.