Knight Blog

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

Helping Akron young professionals engage with nonprofits

April 17, 2012, 9:04 a.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas

Today, Knight announced a $400,000 grant to Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU), which will launch a new program to connect our diverse young business professionals with service opportunities in our nonprofit community. We hope the program will more deeply engage young professionals and increase the probability that they will stay and build lives in Northeast Ohio as they take on leadership positions and become embedded in the community.

Now, young professionals can combine their hard work, passion and skills with BVU’s program to launch them as recognized young leaders in the community, and build on Akron’s focus to engage the next generation of talent.

In Akron, as in many communities, civic leadership matters. Just being CEO of a company does not equate to leadership. One must be actively, civically engaged to make a difference. And the next generation of talent is ready to participate. 

BVU will work with young professionals groups like Torchbearers, which recently received a grant from Knight to helps its members become Changemakers and take risks on innovation.

Read more in today’s release and in the Akron Beacon Journal.

By Jennifer Thomas, program director/Akron at Knight Foundation

Knight Chairs discuss opportunities and future of journalism

April 16, 2012, 2:57 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

From a new website that tests technology to see what works for journalists to looking at new ways of engaging young people in politics, Knight Chairs are involved in a variety of projects advancing the field of journalism.

The video above highlights what Knight Chairs, who are leading journalists now working as tenured professors at top universities, say about their teaching, their students and the state of their profession. 

Many chairs acknowledge that while it may be a challenging time for young people to go into journalism, there are also many opportunities for innovative and entrepreneurial students to make their mark.

Knight's Eric Newton honored for foundation's support of investigative reporting

April 15, 2012, 8:52 a.m., Posted by Eric Newton

Photo Credit: Mark Glaser, PBS Media Shift                          I received the 2012 Markoff Award last night from the University of California at Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program for Knight Foundation's support of investigative reporting. 

The award was presented Saturday at the Logan Symposium by Lowell Bergman,  the former 60 Minutes investigative reporter who founded the Berkeley program and has led it to financial independence and a series of award-winning collaborative investigations.

The Logan Symposium is an annual conference at UC Berkeley attracting many of the nation's leading investigative journalists. This year's participants include investigative leaders from the New York TimesABCProPublicaFrontline, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Financial Times, Thompson Reuters and many others.

The Markoff Award is named for New York Times reporter John Markoff, whose stories about Hewlett Packard so angered  HP that it spied on  him -- and got caught.  

Knight Foundation has invested some $20 million in investigative reporting projects. They range from establishing an endowed chair, supporting  professional and training organizations, establishment of university-based investigative reporting projects, funding for specific investigations and direct support for independent nonprofit investigative  reporting newsrooms.