Knight Blog

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

PRX to launch Public Media Accelerator with $2.5 million investment from Knight Foundation

Dec. 8, 2011, 10:03 a.m., Posted by Jake Shapiro

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Jake Shapiro, CEO of Public Radio Exchange:

I have exciting news to share, for PRX and public media.

PRX has evolved considerably over the past several years, focusing our strategy on three areas: ContentDistribution, and Leadership/Innovation.

 

The significance and origin of the exciting NBC news partnerships with nonprofit news

Dec. 7, 2011, 2:17 p.m., Posted by Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman was Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the FCC and the lead author of the report "Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age." He is now Visiting Senior Media Policy Scholar at the Columbia Journalism School. The following is crossposted.

During the FCC’s consideration of the Comcast-NBC merger, Comcast had  suggested showing their commitment to communities by increasing the hours of local news at the stations. At the time, I was running the FCC “future of media” project (which later produced the Information Needs of Communities report---fcc.gov/infoneedsreport) , so our team was called in to study this merger condition.  I was suspicious of the original proposal since most stations were increasing their hours already – but doing by adding 4 a.m. newscasts, with little additional reporting.

Knight Foundation recognized for fostering an informed and engaged San Jose/Silicon Valley

Dec. 7, 2011, 10:26 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

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Nivisha Mehta, Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day Chair, joined by Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Emmett Carson and ZER01's Joel Slayton, presenting the Outstanding Foundation Grant Maker Award to Trabian Shorters and Judith Kleinberg of Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation recently won the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s “Outstanding Foundation Grant Maker Award” from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter.

Knight Program Director Judith Kleinberg accepted the award during a luncheon on Silicon Valley’s Philanthropy Day. The community event pays tribute to local leaders that “exemplify philanthropic excellence."

Knight Foundation’s grantmaking in San Jose/Silicon Valley focuses on arts and culture and creating a sense of place and vitality for the community. It also leverages the power of technology and supports digital and media literacy training to help residents in becoming more informed and engaged in important issues.