Knight Blog

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

FCC's report on community information needs should lead to debate, action

June 10, 2011, 9:47 a.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

At a forum this morning at Columbia University, Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen said he hopes a new FCC report on community information needs engenders a vigorous debate, and action.

Knight Commission inspires groundbreaking FCC report on Information Needs of Communities

June 9, 2011, 1:22 p.m., Posted by Marc Fest

Today in Washington, the FCC is unveiling a new report that offers practical ways public policy can improve the environment for local accountability journalism, which has suffered significant cutbacks in recent years as traditional media struggle to make the transition to the digital age.

We’re proud that the FCC’s effort was inspired by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, which in 2009 set out a vision for promoting informed, healthy communities into the future. The Commission offered 15 recommendations to help Americans meet their local information needs, including: setting new standards for universal broadband, strengthening public media and ensuring that governments are transparent.

News Challenge Success Story Finds a Home

June 9, 2011, 12:12 p.m., Posted by John Bracken

Today's an exciting day for Knight Foundation, and for the Knight News Challenge. One of the projects that we helped start through our contest, DocumentCloud, is merging with Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Since winning a News Challenge award in 2009, DocumentCloud has become an important tool to more than 200 newsrooms across the country. (A list of newsrooms using it is here.) The merger means that DocumentCloud will continue to provide free hosting for public source documents. The two organizations complement each other well. I'm excited to see what they come up with together.