Knight Blog

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

Knight Chairs discuss opportunities and future of journalism

April 16, 2012, 2:57 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

From a new website that tests technology to see what works for journalists to looking at new ways of engaging young people in politics, Knight Chairs are involved in a variety of projects advancing the field of journalism.

The video above highlights what Knight Chairs, who are leading journalists now working as tenured professors at top universities, say about their teaching, their students and the state of their profession. 

Many chairs acknowledge that while it may be a challenging time for young people to go into journalism, there are also many opportunities for innovative and entrepreneurial students to make their mark.

Knight's Eric Newton honored for foundation's support of investigative reporting

April 15, 2012, 8:52 a.m., Posted by Eric Newton

Photo Credit: Mark Glaser, PBS Media Shift                          I received the 2012 Markoff Award last night from the University of California at Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program for Knight Foundation's support of investigative reporting. 

The award was presented Saturday at the Logan Symposium by Lowell Bergman,  the former 60 Minutes investigative reporter who founded the Berkeley program and has led it to financial independence and a series of award-winning collaborative investigations.

The Logan Symposium is an annual conference at UC Berkeley attracting many of the nation's leading investigative journalists. This year's participants include investigative leaders from the New York TimesABCProPublicaFrontline, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Financial Times, Thompson Reuters and many others.

The Markoff Award is named for New York Times reporter John Markoff, whose stories about Hewlett Packard so angered  HP that it spied on  him -- and got caught.  

Knight Foundation has invested some $20 million in investigative reporting projects. They range from establishing an endowed chair, supporting  professional and training organizations, establishment of university-based investigative reporting projects, funding for specific investigations and direct support for independent nonprofit investigative  reporting newsrooms. 

Experts meet to review next round of #newschallenge apps

April 13, 2012, 11:08 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Photo Credit: Jose Zamora

Today in Miami, 19 experts are reading and voting on the projects moving on to the next round of the News Challenge on Networks.

We’d like to thank the following people who are dedicating their time and energy to helping us with this process:

Hannah Eaves/LinkTV

Cody Elmore/University of Nebraska

Seth Flaxman/TurboVote

Brooke Gladstone/WNYC

Daniel Greene/Gates Foundation

Hilary Hoeber/IDEO

Elise Hu/NPR

Raina Kumra/Agency for Holistic Branding / Juggernaut

Melinda Lee/Uncensored Interview

Scott Lewis /

Olivia Ma/YouTube

Colin Maclay/Berkman Center

Aron Pilhofer/NYTimes

David Porter/Video Journalist

Nick Reville/Participatory Culture Foundation

David Rosenberg/Foursquare

Dan Sinker/Mozilla

Karen Wickre/Twitter

Ethan Zuckerman/MIT Media Lab