Knight Blog

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

Flip the script: Amplifying the good work of black men and boys

July 31, 2011, 10:17 p.m., Posted by Trabian Shorters

Knight Foundation is proud to launch BME today in partnership with Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male AchievementContext Partners and the people of Detroit and Philadelphia.

BME (pronounced “Be Me”) will engage thousands of people in recognizing the black men and boys who take initiative to improve their communities. We will also award grant money for several of the local projects that these men and boys propose to us. But what’s this all about?

We believe in communities where black men and boys lead in solutions, participate in decision making and are fully engaged in all issues and opportunities affecting their communities. So we want to first recognize and thank those who do. Then, we want to build upon their efforts to make our communities better. To put it in context, allow me to tell this very personal story.

Arts Journalism Challenge live chat archived and available online

July 28, 2011, 10:34 a.m., Posted by Andries Vaisman


In case you missed it, yesterday’s live chat for the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge has been archived and is available on

The conversation features Knight and NEA staff responses to questions applicants submitted about things like eligibility (anyone), and the purpose of the challenge: to seek new models for arts journalism in Knight’s eight resident communities.

We hope you’ll take a look, and learn more about how you can help rethink arts news and criticism for the 21st Century.  Applications are due by Aug 18th!

Storify wins Grand Prize for 2011 Knight-Batten Awards

July 27, 2011, 4:10 p.m., Posted by Andries Vaisman

Storify - social media storytelling #paleynext


Storify, an interactive platform that lets users drag and drop YouTube clips, Facebook posts, tweets and other Web content to frame dynamic journalistic stories, has been announced as the 2011 $10,000 Grand Prize winner of J-Lab’s Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.

"In Storify, we see a journalism tool that truly solves a newsroom problem and also inspires others to challenge the way they've been...