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

Using technology to help build a better Philadelphia

April 23, 2012, 8:09 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


Above: an event from last year's Philly Tech Week

Today marks the start of a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia. Philly Tech Week seeks to increase the impact of innovation in the city by focusing on how technology and collaboration can improve the community.

One of the city’s major challenges is the lack of digital access: 40% of  residents lack broadband access at home.

To help engage others in finding solutions, Knight Foundation and KEYSPOT, which delivers free Internet access, training and technology at 70 sites around the city, are co-sponsoring the event’s Access and Policy track.

An insert in today’s Philadelphia Daily News maps out those free Internet access points in the city and highlights other activities taking place during the week, such as a panel on the intersection of print and digital literacy. Another session will feature leading women and minority tech entrepreneurs who will share their personal and professional stories from the technology industry. All events are free and open to the public.

Sharing and learning what's working in online journalism

April 20, 2012, 10:59 p.m., Posted by Amy Starlight Lawrence

The International Symposium on Online Journalism is happening today and tomorrow at the University of Texas at Austin.  

Hosted by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, it is a home for sharing and learning about what is working in online journalism.

gringasThe program's keynote was given by Richard Gingras (pictured left), head of news products at Google, who talked about the digital disruption and business models in news.  Key topics throughout the symposium so far are about platform specificity, revenue generation and the importance of mobile.

Follow the International Symposium on Online Journalism via live-stream, Nieman Lab or #isoj12 on Twitter. 

By Amy Starlight Lawrence, project specialist at Knight Foundation

Knight Chairs discuss opportunities and concerns in journalism

April 20, 2012, 3:46 p.m., Posted by David Quinones

Amid declining circulations, dwindling revenues and a lower barrier of entry for smaller and more-varied competitors, journalism faces a distressing, uncertain and, simultaneously, exciting future.

This was the consensus during the annual meeting of the Knight Chairs in Journalism, held earlier this year in  Miami. Eighteen preeminent thought-leaders in the field answered the questions, “What concerns you most about the state of journalism today? What excites you most?” Watch the videos above to hear their answers. 

The chairs work to ensure a brighter future for journalism involves several areas, including content innovation and business model adaptation. For example, a number of chairs have worked in the mobile and digital space to disseminate stories across new and varied platforms. At the University of Miami, Professor Joseph Treaster has created environmental journalism-focused websites as vehicles for documentaries, investigative reports and interactive modules. From her post at Syracuse University, Professor Charlotte Grimes has retrofitted the Democracy in Action and Democracy Wise projects to tell the stories of voters via multimedia videos.