Knight Blog

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

Transforming downtown Miami into a center of science, art and learning

Jan. 5, 2012, 1:57 p.m., Posted by Matt Haggman

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The ongoing effort to turn a large swath of downtown Miami’s bayfront into a center of science, art and learning has taken another important step.

Knight Foundation announced a $10 million challenge grant to the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. To be paid, the funds must be matched by an additional $20 million in funding. 

The pledge comes as the science museum, currently located in Coconut Grove, is poised to break ground next month on its new home in downtown’s Museum Park along Biscayne Bay. The Frost will rise alongside the under-construction Jorge M. Perez Art Museum and sit a block from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, two institutions that each received $10 million in Knight support.

Three tech firms picked for Philadelphia media innovation incubator

Jan. 5, 2012, 11:20 a.m., Posted by John Bracken

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(l to r) Ted Mann, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SnipSnap, William Crowder, Managing Director, Minority Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (MEAP), DreamIt Ventures; Greg Osberg, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, Philadelphia Media Network Inc.; Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Program Director/Philadelphia, Knight Foundation; RoseAnn Rosenthal, Chief Executive Officer and President, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Brendan McCorkle, Co-Founder, CloudMine and Keya Dannenbaum, Founder and Chief Executive Officer; ElectNext. Photograph By: Clem Murray, Philadelphia Media Network Inc.

Starting this week, three Philadelphia tech firms will take part in a new incubator helping to launch digital media startups in the nation’s fourth largest media market.

Here’s a little about the companies and their projects:

More than 30 college news sites start experimenting with revenue generation models

Jan. 5, 2012, 8:54 a.m., Posted by Benoit Wirz and Amy Starlight Lawrence

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Only a few months after Knight announced it would offset the set-up costs for university publications to use the pay metering tool Press+, more than 30 school publications have signed up to try out the system.

Among these is The Statehouse File, a web-based publication covering Indiana state politics compiled by journalism students and staff at Franklin College. The Statehouse File can use the Press+ tool to require that readers not affiliated with the university pay for access to articles or request that they make donations. The Statehouse File plans to experiment with different levels of paid access to identify what makes the most sense, complementing its strategy of syndicating legislative coverage to other publications for a fee.