Knight Blog

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

While student media presence remains strong in schools, only one-third have online media

Nov. 9, 2011, 8:57 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Source: 2011 Scholastic Journalism Census

A new study reveals that while student media presence remains strong, only one-third of schools surveyed have any online student media. Additionally, schools that are smaller and poorer or have large minority populations are more likely to have no student media.

The study by the Center for Scholastic Journalism is one of the most extensive national counts of American public high school student media ever conducted.

CommonWealth Magazine covers opportunities and challenges in the field of journalism

Nov. 8, 2011, 2:16 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

In honor of its 15th anniversary, CommonWealth Magazine is taking a look at some of the challenges and opportunities created by the changes in the world of journalism.

As part of its coverage, the magazine which is published by the nonpartisan public affairs think tank MassINC, features an article about how collaboration, including tapping the wisdom of the crowd, is now part of a journalist’s role. The article, written by Eric Newton, senior advisor to the president of Knight Foundation, identifies journalists’ opportunities and responsibilities:

“Today, anyone with a broadband connection can create news, pass it along, critique it. We must tell the story of how people need reliable news and information to run their communities and their lives. We should tell people a lot more about how and why journalists do what we do.  Promoting media literacy in the digital age is part of our role.”


BME Philadelphia celebrates everyday unsung heroes who are changing lives, one person at a time

Nov. 8, 2011, 11:39 a.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

BME Challenge Profiles

The following post, written by Jamira Burley, a member of the Philadelphia "street team" that collected stories of how black men and boys are leading their communities, highlights several aspects of the BME Challenge over the past several months, including last month's celebration at The Philadelphia Franklin Institute:

Inspiration; If there is anything more powerful then being surrounded by 300 of Philadelphia “change agents,” then I haven’t quite discovered what that is yet.  The inspiration that radiated from the room wasn’t just because we were sitting in the shadow of one of the country’s founding fathers, Ben Franklin, but because we were there to honor his legacy in the form of more than 1,000 African-American men.  Over the last few months, these 1,000 men, individually, submitted their stories to Knight Foundation's “BME Challenge." The men represented everything from community leaders, city officials, educators, poets and artists alike. The men represented what Philadelphia, if not this country, is made of. They are the everyday unsung heroes who are changing lives, one person at a time.