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  • Journalism

    WLRN strives to design a model of innovation to serve South Florida

    Sept. 26, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Mabel Domenech

    Mabel Domenech is the foundation and corporate relations associate at Friends of WLRN. Knight Foundation supports WLRN Public Media to advance excellence in journalism and promote sustainability.

    Journalism is a valuable method of inquiry. As a public service for the dissemination and analysis of information, it fulfills a crucial role in our society. The news media is the chief purveyor of information and opinion about public affairs. Access to free information plays a central role in creating a system of checks and balances in distributing power equally among governments, businesses, individuals and other social entities. Access to verifiable information gathered by independent media sources is a service to ordinary citizens, empowering them with the tools they need to participate fully in their political, economic and cultural communities.

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    The next wave in digital journalism innovation

    Sept. 26, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Heather Chaplin

    Heather Chaplin is an assistant professor of journalism at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts and director of the Journalism + Design program, which Knight Foundation supports to advance media innovation. Photo: Students learn circuitry basics. 

    Not that long ago, the Sunday paper arriving on your doorstep might have been the most interesting thing to happen to you that day. Since then, the newspaper has moved online and into our pockets, and yet journalism’s problems aren’t solved.

    People have access to so much interesting information every second of every day that neither journalism (or the entertainment industry, for that matter) has the market on interesting cornered anymore. Now we’re competing with new modes of communication no one could have dreamed of a decade ago. 

    It’s the attention economy, stupid. And attention is a scarce resource. How is journalism—as opposed to all the other kinds of media out there—going to continue claiming people’s attention let alone justify its demand for this attention?

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    Detroit’s Eastern Market shaping vision for the future

    Sept. 26, 2014, 7:36 a.m., Posted by Dan Carmody

    Above: Detroit's Eastern Market. Both photos are (cc) by Etx313 on Wikimedia Commons.

    Dan Carmody is president of Eastern Market Corp., which Knight Foundation supports to accelerate talent and advance opportunity in Detroit, one of 26 Knight communities.

    Since completion of the 2008 Eastern Market Strategic Plan more than $40 million has been invested in infrastructure and shed improvements, new Tuesday and Sunday Markets have launched and a score of new businesses have opened.

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