Knight Blog

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

Journalism in the Open: Meet the 2011/12 Knight-Mozilla Fellows

Nov. 4, 2011, 10:29 a.m., Posted by Mozilla Foundation

Today in London, our partners at the Mozilla Foundation are announcing the first cohort of Knight-Mozilla Fellows. As Dan Sinker describes below, each of the five is an accomplished developer, and each will be placed within a world-class newsroom. At Knight Foundation, we’re of course eager to see what the fellows produce with their partner news organizations. But because the code they produce will be open source, the fellows will have an impact far outside of their home newsroom. – John S. Bracken

Dan Sinker, who leads the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership:

This week I've spent a lot of time writing about the opportunities that lie at the intersection of open-source philosophies and journalism. Today the "thinking out loud" stops and the "making it happen" begins. And that begins with the announcement of the 2011/12 Knight-Mozilla Fellows.


YOUMedia Miami: empowering teens by building digital literacy skills

Nov. 4, 2011, 9:05 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Gia Arbogast, branch administrator for the Miami-Dade Public Library System

Soon at a Miami library, high school kids will learn how to use technology to visualize their favorite book, create short animated films, even tell an autobiographical, digital story.

Called YOUMedia, the Knight-funded digital literacy classes are a way to get kids to think critically about their lives and their community - to experiment with who they are and what their communities can become.

While at the The Urban Libraries Partners for Success Conference 2011, Knight sat down with Gia Arbogast, branch administrator for the Miami-Dade Public Library System, to talk about the launch of the program and its potential impact for the community:

In a digital society, libraries become important places for people to engage and connect with their city

Nov. 3, 2011, 12:13 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Over the next two days, directors of some of the most creative libraries in the U.S. and key civic leaders are sharing ways public libraries can help strengthen community engagement.

The Urban Libraries Partners for Success Conference 2011 brings together thought leaders in today’s civic engagement movement and young people who will shape the future of American communities.

“Civic engagement comes in many forms and libraries are at the top of the list of places where people can get involved,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez told the crowd as he helped open the conference. “Libraries contribute to a stronger sense of community and help produce solutions to local issues. I’m confident that will continue to hold true.”

Knight Foundation sat down with Susan Benton, president and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council to learn more about the connection between libraries and community engagement.

Q: What is the role that libraries play in developing community engagement? 

S.B: Libraries are part of the natural infrastructure of the community. In many neighborhoods, we are the primary community asset and the place where people come together on a regular basis.

Q: In what kinds of ways do you see citizens interacting with their local libraries?