Knight Blog

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

Community Information Challenge application is a two-stage process

Feb. 24, 2012, 9:06 a.m., Posted by Michele McLellan


The Knight Community Information Challenge requires a short initial application. Then selected applicants are invited to submit a longer, more detailed proposal.

The initial application, due Feb. 27, must be completed online and gives us enough summary information to understand the idea.

If we like your idea, you will be invited to complete a full proposal with more detail on how you plan to implement it and what it will cost.

7 questions on the new Knight News Challenge application

Feb. 23, 2012, 1:44 p.m., Posted by Jose C. Zamora

Note: To apply for the News Challenge, and read our FAQ, visit

On Monday, we will open the Knight News Challenge on networks. Just as we have revamped the contest, we have come up with a more streamlined application form.

As John explained in our first post and in this video, the challenge is evolving to be offered three times this year, an attempt to be more nimble and move at the pace of technology development.

Along with this new focus, we have simplified the application form. Based on conversations with previous News Challenge applicants and outside reviewers, we devised the following seven questions.

  1. What do you propose to do? [20 words]
  2. Is anyone doing something like this now and how is your project different? [30 words]
  3. Describe the network with which you intend to build or work. [50 words]
  4. Why will it work? [100 words]
  5. Who is working on it? [100 words]
  6. What part of the project have you already built? [100 words]
  7. How would you sustain the project after the funding expires? [50 words]

Two art leaders join Knight’s national arts advisory committee

Feb. 23, 2012, 9:01 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


Today, Knight Foundation welcomes two new art leaders from Miami and San Jose to its national arts advisory committee.

Silvia Karman Cubiñá, executive director and chief curator of the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, and Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, executive director of MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, in San Jose join the committee, which is made up of recognized artists and art advocates.

The committee guides Knight on the best ways to promote artistic excellence that engages, inspires and brings communities together.

Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president/arts said:

“Both Silvia and Anjee are extraordinary arts advocates committed both to culture and their communities. They each bring extensive knowledge of the arts, and have the experience and dedication to help identify the most engaging ways to bring art to communities.”