Knight Blog

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

Students at the James L. Knight School of Communication teach digital and media literacy to the greater Charlotte community

Sept. 30, 2011, 8:34 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

With the school year underway, students at the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte are busy inside the classroom. But they’re also busy outside of it - looking for ways to bring what they’re learning about digital and media literacy to the larger community.

Students are already working with several local libraries where they volunteer weekly as tech tutors. There, students provide one-on-one computer help sessions and teach other library patrons how to access the Internet as well as how to use online applications like Microsoft Office.

Undergraduates have also partnered with Citizens Schools, which promotes student achievement and education in Charlotte and several cities around the United States. Through Citizens Schools, students are working with low-income elementary schools in the community to help build digital media apprenticeships for kids. They also teach valuable skills like how to do news reporting and what it means to blog. 

Last year Knight Foundation endowed the James L. Knight School of Communication so that it could develop programs to teach digital and media literacy to its students and the community, a priority of Knight’s journalism and media innovation program.

Jennifer Hull, community coordinator at the Knight School, says she hopes these types of activities are just the beginning of others that will be rolled out later this year, such as a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte to implement digital literacy programs.

American Public Media receives grant to expand its program connecting journalists with more sources

Sept. 29, 2011, 1:18 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Earlier this month, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced a $4.1 million grant to American Public Media to expand its network of citizen sources that help provide local news coverage.

According to the announcement, Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s investment will add new citizen sources to American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, a Knight-funded program that provides journalists with the tools and training to tap its growing network of sources to produce high-quality journalism.

The grant will allow the network to expand to an additional 50 public media newsrooms which will better serve communities across broadcast, online and mobile platforms:

“This expanded network of informed citizens will broaden the size and diversity of sources that inform public media journalism, providing reporters with new and different perspectives to help promote greater accuracy and transparency in their coverage.”

Currently, American Public Media is the second largest producer and distributor of public radio programming and the largest owner and operator of public radio stations in the country.

Almost 800 stations carry American Public Media’s 20+ national programs. It reaches 26 million listeners each week.

NJ Spotlight wins 2011 general excellence award at the 2011 Online Journalism Conference

Sept. 29, 2011, 8:37 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

NJ Spotlight, an online investigative news service focused on state policy issues in New Jersey, was recently honored with an award for General Excellence in Online Journalism at the 2011 Online Journalism Conference in Boston, Mass.

The full list of 2011 Online Journalism Award winners are available online.

The conference is held by the Online News Association, the world’s largest association of online journalists whose mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public.

Earlier this month, Knight Foundation profiled how the Community Foundation of New Jersey exhibited leadership by partnering with NJ Spotlight to help ensure residents had information on statewide issues. The community foundation won matching funding from Knight to support the site through the Knight Community Information Challenge.