Knight Blog

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

BME Campaign receives over 2,000 entries from black males telling stories about how they inspire their community

Oct. 3, 2011, 4:22 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

The BME Challenge, which highlights the stories of black men and boys leading others in Philadelphia and Detroit, received more than 2,000 submissions as of the Friday deadline.

To all of those who shared inspirational stories of leadership, the BME Campaign thanks you for your efforts in making your communities stronger.

Now that entries are in, members of the community have 11 days to vote on the stories that they find the most inspirational. Videos will be produced for individuals who submitted the five stories with the most votes, and will be shown at BME celebration events in Detroit on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and in Philadelphia on Monday, Oct. 24.

After the events, individuals who submitted stories during the first phase of the challenge will have the opportunity to submit funding proposals for projects they think would better their communities.

Winners will then receive funding and support to execute their projects and will share their progress on the BME website.

To learn more about the BME Challenge, hear from Donna Frisby-Greenwood, program director/Philadelphia, about why the BME Challenge is personal.

BME is supported by Knight Foundation and the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Following FCC report, new projects will focus on ways public policy can improve local news and information flows

Oct. 3, 2011, 3:10 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission released a landmark report on community information needs that was the most comprehensive national look at media policy in a generation.

Today, in an effort to ensure that the important public policy recommendations in the report become fully realized, Knight Foundation announced several new projects to highlight ways public policy improvements can in turn improve local news and information flows.

In one of the new efforts, Steven Waldman, the report’s author, will become a visiting senior media policy scholar at Columbia University. There, Waldman will study emerging media issues and advocate for the report’s recommendations to help build pressure for action.

The foundation also will fund a series of events and research papers hosted by universities to encourage debate and feedback around the report’s major recommendations. Another project announced is a convening of the National Association of State Public Affairs Networks at the Newseum to develop a plan to create “state C-Spans” in all 50 states.

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!