Knight Blog

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

New Knight Foundation trustee wins humanitarian award in Akron

Oct. 19, 2011, 11:47 a.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas

Today, Knight Foundation is excited to announce that William H. Considine, president and CEO of Akron's Children's Hospital is joining the board of trustees. Considine was honored last night, as Akron Program Director Jennifer Thomas writes:

New Knight Foundation trustee Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital, received the Polsky Humanitarian Award on Tuesday night in Akron. The award was established in 1969 to honor the late Bert A. Polsky, president of the former Polsky department stores and a founding trustee of Akron Community Foundation.


ProPublica shares lessons on the path to sustainability

Oct. 19, 2011, 9:46 a.m., Posted by Benoit Wirz

Yesterday, Knight Foundation released a new report, offering a detailed look at some of the country’s leading online local nonprofit news ventures.

Today, the foundation shares what the nationally focused news nonprofit, ProPublica, is learning on its path to sustainability.

Ben Wirz, director/business consulting at Knight Foundation:

Foundation funding will never be able to plug the hole in editorial budgets being cut at for-profit daily newspapers – a total of $6.4 billion between 2006 and 2009, according to the FCC report "Information Needs of Communities".

Nor should it. The most successful nonprofit news organizations have diversified revenue sources.

To help nonprofit media outlets better supplement coverage – and get on the path to sustainability – we’re sharing a new report with some lessons learned from one of the country’s premier organizations, ProPublica.

Knight Arts earns a regional Emmy nod

Oct. 18, 2011, 3:36 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad Schimel

Knight Foundation is celebrating a Suncoast Emmy nomination for its “Ideas in Motion” short program. The 30-minute documentary follows five Knight Arts Challenge winners on their journeys to realize their artistic visions.