Knight Blog

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

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


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.

Why PRX, Knight created an accelerator for public media

Jan. 19, 2012, noon, Posted by Jake Shapiro

The following is written by Jake Shapiro, CEO of Public Radio Exchange. It is cross-posted from PBS MediaShift.

We announced PRX's partnership with the Knight Foundation to create the Public Media Accelerator about a month ago. Since then, it's become clear that the accelerator concept is new to many people in the non-profit and public media worlds, even as tech folks fret that accelerators have jumped the shark.

Our tagline for the Public Media Accelerator is "seeking mission-driven entrepreneurs changing media for good." We're in a time of remarkable technology innovation, and our goal is to channel the forces driving that growth towards public service media.

The two forces, the tech sector and public media, need each other: The tech sector will gain from public media's high-quality content, commitment to community, and public service mission; and public media will gain from technology's network efficiencies, professional and social connections, and radical new distribution paths.