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January 18, 2012

Knight Community Information Challenge 2012: Apply by Feb. 27

Once again, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is challenging community and place-based foundations to play a leading role in meeting the information needs of their communities…

This year’s Knight Community Information Challenge has three simple rules:

  • Applicants must be U.S. community or place-based foundations (community partners also are welcome).
  • Projects must meet a local information need.
  • Foundations must match Knight’s investment.

Deadline for applications: Feb. 27
Apply now

ALSO: Registration is now open for the Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar 2012. Held Feb. 19-21 in Miami, this event brings leaders from community and place-based foundations leaders together with with journalism and technology experts to explore the topic of community information needs. Register now.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

May 15, 2012

Mobile for community media workshop in NYC this weekend

On May 18-19, the Knight Digital Media Center-USC and the City University of New York are offering a special workshop on mobile opportunities for publishers of community and ethnic media outlets in the New York metro area.

This event is invitation-only, but the workshop resources are available to anyone online…

See the Community Mobile Tumblr blog.

Topics covered include:

  • Tools and services to jumpstart your new outlet’s mobile strategy
  • Engaging your community via mobile and social media
  • Mobile revenue opportunities
  • Recent research and statistics on mobile trends and user demographics
  • Examples of mobile projects relevant to ethnic and community media


Many resources on these and other topics are already listed there, and we’ll add more before, during, and after the workshop.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

June 22, 2012

Mashable contest: How has social media impacted your local community?

June 30 is Social Media Day, an annual celebration from Mashable, a popular tech news site. Today Mashable announced a contest that’s highly relevant to community news outlets that use social media…

“This year we want to dig deep and find out exactly how social media has affected your community,” writes Nina Frazier of Mashable. “Whether it’s using Twitter to break down barriers to your local government or creating new ways to communicate with your neighbors, let us know. We want to hear from you. How has social media impacted your local community?”

If you’ve got a good story to tell, write it up as a comment to Mashable’s contest announcement post. Mashable will select five of the most inspired answers as winners. Each will receive a 4G Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (a $300 value, you’ll need to get your own Verizon plan for it) as well as recognition from Mashable.

Mashable is hosting Social Media Day meetups in nearly 500 cities around the world. You can also host your own—and gain visibility for it by using the hashtag #SMday. Organizer tools available from the Social Media Day webpage.

(Disclosure: I already entered this contest to describe how YouTube videos and other social media turned outrage in Oakland, California over the 2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant into a powerful local movement—and also sparked the founding of OaklandLocal, a community news site and platform I co-founded. But if you come up with a better story, more power to you!)

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

August 30, 2012

RTNDA/Gannett award for innovative community watchdog journalism

The Radio Television Digital News Association is teaming with the Gannett Foundation to offer a $5000 prize recognizing groundbreaking TV, radio, or online watchdog journalism that creatively uses digital tools. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues…

Criteria for evaluating innovation include interactivity, creation of new tools, innovative adaptation of existing tools, and creative use of any digital medium. An entry can consist of a single story, series or package on a single subject.

Each entry must have appeared between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Audio or video entries must not exceed 15 minutes. Print-only work is not eligible.

Learn more and enter now
Deadline: September 24