Knight Blog

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

Bringing opera to new audiences in Charlotte

Jan. 23, 2012, 8:55 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

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Madama Butterfly. Photo Credit: Opera Omaha

Nearly 4,000 people will have a chance to enjoy their first-ever opera performance in Charlotte this week - for free.

In effort to bring opera to new audiences, last fall Knight Foundation announced it would reserve all the seats to Opera Carolina’s Jan. 28 performance of Madama Butterfly and distribute the tickets to members of the greater Charlotte community who had never before attended an opera.

Tickets were distributed earlier this month on a first-come, first-served basis to those that had registered online in December.

Due to an overwhelming response to the request for tickets, an extra free performance was added on Jan. 24 to accommodate more first-time opera-goers.

This weekend go digital with Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Jan. 20, 2012, 2:11 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

This weekend, innovation in the arts continues in Detroit.

On Sunday, starting at 3:00 p.m, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present a live digital simulcast of its performance, French Masters: Franck, Saint-Saëns and Debussy.

The simulcast is free to all online users who register.

Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts at Knight Foundation, blogged about the upcoming performance, writing the digital simulcasts are “one of our more exciting Detroit projects. The energy is amazing and you feel like you are there.”

UNC workshop to search for ways to increase accountability journalism

Jan. 19, 2012, 3:39 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

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The Old Well at UNC Chapel Hill. Photo courtesy Flickr user kf4lnq.

If you’re interested in identifying ways to increase local accountability journalism, you may want to tune into a discussion taking place in North Carolina on Friday.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy is holding a day-long workshop, which will be livestreamed to the public.

As a backdrop for its discussion, the workshop will examine the FCC’s 2011 report on community information needs, which identified the loss of newsroom positions in recent years as “a threat to the quality of civic information available in communities around the nation.”

Tomorrow’s workshop will be held three parts. In the morning, a round table discussion will identify gaps in accountability journalism in North Carolina. Next, representatives of Internet, cable and satellite television and mobile broadband service providers will discuss whether and how they could help to fill those gaps.