September 12, 2019 by Zacc Ritter and Priscilla Standridge
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Americans who come into direct contact with local news organizations tend to exhibit more trust in the local media and greater civic engagement in the local community. However, the experiences U.S. adults have interacting in person with local media vary widely.
September 11, 2019 by Paul Cheung
DocumentCloud, an open-source platform that allows journalists and their readers to upload, analyze, annotate and collaborate on primary source documents, was founded in 2009 with a grant from the Knight News Challenge. Since then, it has been adopted by news outlets big and small for collaboration on investigations such as the Panama Papers and to make sourcing transparent to readers. Knight has continued to invest in the platform
September 9, 2019 by Thomas J. LeBlanc
This evolving world now, unfortunately, includes an increasing threat of digital disinformation. That is where the George Washington University’s new Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics comes in.
September 6, 2019 by Jeff Jones
Americans give a "thumbs up" to news reporters using social media to interact with their audiences, but they prefer that reporters use it to correct the record or give greater depth on the stories they are reporting, instead of expressing their opinions about the news. A new Gallup/Knight Foundation survey finds 74% of U.S. adults saying it is generally a "good idea" for news reporters to interact via social media, with 25% describing it as a "bad idea."
August 23, 2019 by Kevin M. Guskiewicz
The time to tackle these emerging trends and issues is now.
August 20, 2019 by Andrew Hamilton
On July 22, 2019, Knight made a $50 million investment to develop a new field of research around technology’s impact on democracy, including a $5 million investment in New York University (NYU) to create the Center for Social Media and Politics. NYU President Andrew Hamilton shares details below.
August 15, 2019 by Megan Brenan and Zacc Ritter
In recent years, efforts to find a sustainable business model for local news coverage in the U.S. have resulted in the acquisition of local news organizations in different markets by large, national companies. Last week's announcement of a merger between Gannett and Gatehouse media, which would consolidate ownership of more than 260 local newspapers, is the latest in a trend that also affects local TV, with companies such as Sinclair Broadcast Group buying stations around the country.
August 5, 2019 by LaSharah S. Bunting
Despite decades of warnings, diversity in newsrooms is still one of the most pressing challenges facing the journalism industry. For years, journalism organizations founded and led by people of color have worked tirelessly to advocate for more diversity in staffing and coverage, particularly through training and development opportunities. Still, institutional efforts to address the issue have historically ranged from ineffective to nonexistent.
August 1, 2019 by Sam Gill
Everywhere we turn, we face the challenge of how to govern technology without stifling innovation.
July 25, 2019 by The Center for Media Engagement
The great experiment that is American democracy thrives on diverse views, but these divisions also make it fragile. Connective democracy involves understanding the ties that bind and the values that divide us, with a focus on identifying practical solutions that bridge societal fissures.
July 23, 2019 by Zeynep Tufekci
What would a healthy public sphere even look like in the digital age? What would be the institutions that take all these questions into account? Who should make these decisions and how?
May 13, 2019 by Evette Alexander
Millennials have left the nest of higher education and entered the workforce. Undergraduates on campus now hail from the tip of the next age cohort known as Generation Z. They are the true digital natives born into an always-on world. The very oldest was four on 9/11, seven when Facebook launched, 10 when the iPhone came on the scene and 19 – freshly eligible to vote – in the 2016 election.
March 31, 2019 by Karen Rundlet
Since Knight Foundation announced a $300 million initiative in February to help rebuild local news, we’ve received an exuberant response from funders, civic leaders and journalists. They, too, are seeking to bolster local reporting in their communities because they understand the important role that journalism plays in our democracy in informing communities and holding the powerful accountable.
March 12, 2019 by Tim Hwang
We’ve been absolutely blown away by the interest and excitement around our AI and the News Open Challenge. After several months and the efforts of a small army of amazing reviewers to sift through the 500+ applications we received, we’re excited to finally announce the winners of the challenge today.