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

Link Media brings semantic search technology to its international news site

Aug. 3, 2011, 2:47 p.m., Posted by Emily Mirengoff


Link Media, which broadcasts documentaries, global news, world music, international cinema and more on its Link TV satellite channel in the U.S., is expanding its news video offerings with the launch of Link News.  Link has long been a provider of international news reporting. During the recent uprisings in Egypt, it provided extensive coverage thanks to feeds from Al Jazeera English and Mosaic, its Knight-sponsored, Peabody Award-winning daily news program on the Middle East and North Africa. But with the launch of Link News, the site’s powerful new search tools will bring an even greater variety of stories from all over the web, which will be available to users worldwide for free.

With support from Knight Foundation, Link Media developed semantic search technology for its news video platform. This technology, based on Link’s, analyzes the transcripts and descriptions of the videos and produces multiple topic keywords. These topics are then used to find related videos and articles from all over the web. The search also...

Arts criticism for the millennials

Aug. 3, 2011, 10:54 a.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Cross posted from Art Works, the official blog of the National Endowment for the Arts

By Maura Judkis, Producer, Style, Washington Post

Maura Judkis.  Photo by Jay Wescott, Politico

In the last hour on Twitter, I’ve read that artist William Powhida’s New York show is a dud, and that Hugo Weaving’s performance as the Red Skull is a high point in Captain America. These weren’t opinions from published critics; rather, they were from regular Twitter users with an enthusiasm for art and pop culture. Readers of my generation, the Millennials, are more likely to want to see a movie or play because their friends like it than because a critic does. We’re more likely to discover art through our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and to take the suggestions of Netflix and Pandora than to discover new things on our own.

It might seem, then, that Millennials have no appetite for arts journalism, but that’s not the case: Younger readers want to read and share stories more than ever. They just want to have a say in what’s being read and shared. They want to be the critics. So where do arts journalists fit in?

Eric Newton on the four “C”s of community media

Aug. 2, 2011, 3:38 p.m., Posted by Emily Mirengoff

Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at Knight Foundation

What four qualities does a media business model need to succeed?  In this interview, Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at Knight Foundation, explains the four “C”s of Community Media and the new skills required to succeed as a “media maker” today. The interview, conducted by Michelle Foster, was done for the newest edition of “Empowering Independent Media,” a publication produced by the National Endowment for Democracy's Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA).

The following is an excerpt:

Michelle Foster: …Which business models do you see emerging that seem most likely to be able to help support independent media in developing and emerging countries?

Eric Newton: Business models need to match the realities of the local media ecosystems where they intend to operate… In general, all models have four successful elements: relevant and credible content, appropriate technological connectivity, vigorous community engagement and innovation in seeking capital. Those are the four Cs—content, connectivity, community and capital…The most successful models tend to show more than one source of revenue. On the expense side, the model must match up with the revenues—trying to create a highly professional investigative reporting project on an annual budget of $25,000 a year simply may not work. But at that level ...