Knight Blog

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

Apps for Communities: making local information actionable

Dec. 15, 2011, 1:56 p.m., Posted by Damian Thorman

Apps for Communities Second Grand Prize Winner Homeless Santa Clara County

Earlier this year, Knight and the FCC put out a call for the best software applications, or apps, that deliver personalized information to people least likely to be online. The Apps for Communities Challenge is part of our efforts to foster digital inclusion and promote broadband adoption, which the Knight Commission called critical.

Today, we’re excited to announce the winners - all of whom show a real passion for making local information actionable.

Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University

Dec. 15, 2011, 9:09 a.m., Posted by Beverly Blake


By Beverly Blake:

Like many communities across America, Macon, Georgia is facing a future that could lack the news and information we must have to make important, local decisions. So what do we do? Do we sit back and simply hope it doesn’t happen? In our case, Knight is partnering with our great friends at Mercer University, Georgia Public Broadcasting/GPB Media, and The Telegraph, our daily McClatchy paper, to create the future we seek - to build what we believe will be a new model of journalism education rooted squarely in building community.

#FreeToTweet scholarship competition helps celebrate the First Amendment

Dec. 15, 2011, 8:33 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Today, in celebration of the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, students are being encouraged to share via social media how they enjoy their right to free expression.

Through midnight tonight, students ages 14 to 22 who creatively tweet their appreciation for the First Amendment using the hashtag #FreeToTweet will automatically be entered into a nationwide scholarship competition.


The Knight-funded scholarships (there are 22 of them - one for every decade since the Bill of Rights’ ratification) are worth $5,000 each.

Several celebrities will also voice their support for the First Amendment and will be encouraging their followers to be #FreeToTweet. They include Ke$ha, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Heart and Wynonna Judd.

Ken Paulson, president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center, wrote an editorial about the importance of honoring the Bill of Rights titled “The holiday that got away”. He writes: