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“Place Matters” cited among the best venue to tell the story of community engagement and placemaking

Nov. 30, 2011, 10:37 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller



“Place Matters,” a weekly radio program, is being featured in The Atlantic as among one of the “best venues to tell the story” of placemaking and community engagement.

Profiling the innovating placemaking work of various cities, the program also showcases successful ideas from everyday citizens who are involved in making their communities a better place to live.

Knight Chair leads conversation with sports journalists in wake of alleged Penn State sex abuse scandal

Nov. 29, 2011, 3:42 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Update - Dec. 2: Watch the video from the session, "Covering Controversy," with Penn State's Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society Malcolm Moran and leading journalists. More info on the event is below.

Tonight, a conversation with major sports journalists in the wake of the alleged child sex abuse scandal at Penn State will be moderated by Malcolm Moran, the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State University.

Malcolm Moran

The conversation, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST, will “highlight the critical need for transparency in reporting on college athletic programs.”

The event will be live-streamed. To participate, viewers can also follow @CurleyCenter on Twitter and use the hashtag #PSUstory to ask questions.

Moran is seen as a leading resource by top media organizations currently covering the ongoing scandal. He has over 30 years of experience as an award-winning and respected sports journalist at USA TodayThe New York TimesNewsday and Chicago Tribune.

Moran has written about the story for The New York Times, touching on how the scandal has affected him personally:

Spot.Us merges with the Public Insight Network

Nov. 29, 2011, 1:04 p.m., Posted by David Cohn


Image Credit: Jules Brelaz

In 2008, Knight Foundation helped launch with $340,000 in seed funding  through the Knight News Challenge, an international contest to find innovative, digital ideas for delivering news and information. Today, Founder David Cohn reports exciting news: has merged with American Public Media's Knight-funded Public Insight Network. “Mergers between between new and existing news initiatives can drive innovation,” said Michael Maness, Vice President for Journalism & Media Innovation program. “We saw this earlier this year when Knight News Challenge winner Document Cloud and Investigative Reporters and Editors combined forces, and we are hopeful for as successful an integration between these two Knight partners.”

By David Cohn

Spot.Us launched in November of 2008. Counting the months of planning (and applying for the Knight News Challenge) that went into the launch and I’ve been working on Spot.Us for almost four years. In that time we’ve pushed boundaries, had many successes and shortcomings which I’ve tried to share along the way. As I’ve always said – Spot.Us will never be perfect. It will never be “done” and that as long as we can strive for something we are making progress.