Knight Blog

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

FCC announces $4 billion initiative to provide broadband access for eligible families

Nov. 9, 2011, 2:36 p.m., Posted by One Economy Corporation

Knight Foundation Vice President/Strategic Initiatives Paula Ellis on Connect to Compete and broadband adoption

By Kelley Dunne

When a bold or cutting-edge idea is proposed, it is difficult to find partners who are willing to back ideas that have never been attempted.  However, there are those visionary leaders who see the potential and promise of unexplored territory. The FCC has announced an unprecedented coalition of those visionary leaders who will partner for Connect to Compete, one of the biggest efforts to promote digital opportunities for disadvantaged people.

In continuing to unveil the details about Connect to Compete, the FCC today announced a $4 billion initiative from this country’s leading Internet service providers and technology companies, which will provide affordable broadband access for eligible families.  Families with at least one child enrolled in the free school lunch program will be eligible to receive high-speed Internet for $9.95 a month and refurbished computers for $150 or new computers beginning at $250, with financing options to help with upfront costs. 

While student media presence remains strong in schools, only one-third have online media

Nov. 9, 2011, 8:57 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Source: 2011 Scholastic Journalism Census

A new study reveals that while student media presence remains strong, only one-third of schools surveyed have any online student media. Additionally, schools that are smaller and poorer or have large minority populations are more likely to have no student media.

The study by the Center for Scholastic Journalism is one of the most extensive national counts of American public high school student media ever conducted.

CommonWealth Magazine covers opportunities and challenges in the field of journalism

Nov. 8, 2011, 2:16 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

In honor of its 15th anniversary, CommonWealth Magazine is taking a look at some of the challenges and opportunities created by the changes in the world of journalism.

As part of its coverage, the magazine which is published by the nonpartisan public affairs think tank MassINC, features an article about how collaboration, including tapping the wisdom of the crowd, is now part of a journalist’s role. The article, written by Eric Newton, senior advisor to the president of Knight Foundation, identifies journalists’ opportunities and responsibilities:

“Today, anyone with a broadband connection can create news, pass it along, critique it. We must tell the story of how people need reliable news and information to run their communities and their lives. We should tell people a lot more about how and why journalists do what we do.  Promoting media literacy in the digital age is part of our role.”