Knight Blog

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

New teacher's guide uses social media to teach about First Amendment

Dec. 16, 2011, 9:58 a.m., Posted by Elise Hu

Livestream of #FreeToTweet entries at the Newseum 

Researchers say schools do an “adequate” job of teaching the First Amendment in a historical context, but they fail in giving students practical ways to learn about freedom of speech and the press.

So Thursday, Knight Foundation and The First Amendment Center offered a new way to update lessons - by launching a teacher’s guide for using social media to teach about the Bill of Rights, whose 220th birthday was celebrated at The Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Apps for Communities: making local information actionable

Dec. 15, 2011, 1:56 p.m., Posted by Damian Thorman

Apps for Communities Second Grand Prize Winner Homeless Santa Clara County

Earlier this year, Knight and the FCC put out a call for the best software applications, or apps, that deliver personalized information to people least likely to be online. The Apps for Communities Challenge is part of our efforts to foster digital inclusion and promote broadband adoption, which the Knight Commission called critical.

Today, we’re excited to announce the winners - all of whom show a real passion for making local information actionable.

Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University

Dec. 15, 2011, 9:09 a.m., Posted by Beverly Blake


By Beverly Blake:

Like many communities across America, Macon, Georgia is facing a future that could lack the news and information we must have to make important, local decisions. So what do we do? Do we sit back and simply hope it doesn’t happen? In our case, Knight is partnering with our great friends at Mercer University, Georgia Public Broadcasting/GPB Media, and The Telegraph, our daily McClatchy paper, to create the future we seek - to build what we believe will be a new model of journalism education rooted squarely in building community.