Knight Blog

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

Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia – now accepting applications

Oct. 3, 2011, 12:23 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad Schimel

Crossposted from Knight Arts blog

Here we go!  The second year of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia launched today, and we’re ready to hear your best ideas for the city’s vibrant arts scene!  Applications are now being accepted right here through Oct. 31.

We believe the arts can engage and enrich communities and that your ideas can make an impact.  That’s why the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $9 million in innovative arts ideas. To date, 36 ideas have been awarded $2.7 million.

What can these ideas look like?  The possibilities are endless.  No idea is too large or too small, as long as it follows three basic rules:

  1. Your idea is about the arts.
  2. Your project takes place in or benefits Philadelphia.
  3. You find other funding to match the Knight Foundation grant (within a year).

Over the course of the next four weeks, we’ll be counting down to the deadline, posting a series of tips and answers to common questions, and showcasing some of last year’s amazing winners to get you inspired. We hope you'll take advantage and follow along right here.

For more on this year’s contest, check out the press release here.  You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and ask questions using #AskKightArts.

We look forward to another year of great ideas!

Student-led News21 program publishes major food safety investigation in Washington Post,

Oct. 3, 2011, 8:56 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

This week, student journalists from five universities participating in the Carnegie-Knight News 21 program published a major national investigation into food safety in America. The investigation is getting prominent play in The Washington Post and on

The series covers the dangers posed by seafood, how hundreds of millions of pounds of contaminated meat is approved for sale in the U.S and how foodborne illnesses sicken 48 million Americans per year, among other topics.

In its coverage, an article in The Washington Post says:

"A look at how the nation’s food safety system operates in the case of salmonella-infected poultry shows how a combination of industry practices and gaps in government oversight results in a fractured effort that leaves the ultimate responsibility for safe food with the consumer."

Behind the scenes with Apps for Communities

Sept. 30, 2011, 3:23 p.m., Posted by Brittany Stevenson

Crossposted from Apps for Communities blog

Behind the Scenes with Apps for Communities

So, who's behind the 50+ apps that we've received so far? Curious to know some details?

Apps are coming in from communities across the country — from Native American reservations and cities in California, Georgia, Oregon, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, New York, Washington, and Michigan.

What are the apps about? They're for accessing information to help with traffic and physical road condition alerts, diabetes, tribal issues, rental property openings, expanding opportunity for low-income kids, pediatric services, emergency use of hashtags, student records, homeless services, greening cities like Detroit, and much more.

The apps are made by men and women, young and old, from teens to elders, local leaders, community organizers, students, new media fellows, engineers, and developers. We're pleased to inform you that every-day Americans are getting involved with the Apps for Communities Challenge and are putting on developer hats to help their communities.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke earlier this week at an event at LivingSocial in Washington, DC and painted the broader picture on apps (download his full speech here): "Our 'apps economy' is envy of the world. With U.S. software developers leading the way, there are now more than 500,000 mobile applications available, and apps sales are projected to approach $38 billion by 2015. It wasn’t long ago when the mobile apps economy didn’t exist at all. Mobile, local, and real-time are each big trends, creating jobs and opportunity here now and with huge potential for the future."