Knight Community Info Challenge Boot Camp 2011

September 13, 2011 - September 16, 2011
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
In partnership with John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

About | Agenda | Speakers | Fellows | Resources

About the Seminar

The Knight Digital Media Center sponsored a four-day boot camp Sept. 13-16 in Los Angeles for fellows from organizations that won the Knight Community Information Challenge and will receive Knight Foundation funding to start or expand community news or information projects.  The boot camp was intended to jump start their efforts with experts speaking on topics that include social media, Web metrics, project planning, and Web site development and evaluation. The boot camp was by invitation.


Ellen Martin
Consultant, FSG Social Impact Advisors

Susan Mernit
Founder,, Social Media Consultant

Lisa Williams
Founder & CEO,

Ben Wirz
Director of Business Consulting, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Full Speaker List


Presentation materials and slide decks used during the seminar.

Video: Video: Ben Wirz: Sustainability
Video: Video: McLellan, Cohn, Francisco, Mosqueda: So you got the money. Now what?
Video: Video: Michele McLellan: Introductions
Video: Video: Susan Mernit: The digital frontier: Data and Government 2.0
Video: Video: Susan Mernit: Tools for civic engagement

Full Resource List


September 13, 2011, 6:00 AM - 6:15 AM

Welcome and Program Overview

Presentation by:

  • Vikki Porter, Director, Knight Digital Media Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
  • Michele McLellan, Consultant, Knight Digital Media Center, Block by Block Community News Summit

September 13, 2011, 6:15 AM - 7:45 AM


Each camper takes a couple of minutes to introduce her or his KCIC project, answering these questions: What will your project do? What is your role? What impact do you hope it will have? What are your biggest challenges right now? What do you plan to accomplish at boot camp?

September 13, 2011, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

So you got the money.  Now what?

Panel moderated by Michele McLellan

Presentation by:

Full Agenda


Tim Anderson
Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Project: Refugee Storytelling - Lincoln Community Foundation

Rebecca Arno
Vice President of Communications, The Denver Foundation, Project: Colorado Data Commons - The Denver Foundation

Steve Austin
Vice President for Community Leadership and Engagement, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Project: Food Information Center - Blue Grass Community Foundation

Matthew Barry
Director of Data and Information Initiatives, The Piton Foundation, Project: CitizenAtlas - The Piton Foundation

Steve Beatty
Managing Editor, The Lens, Project: Greater New Orleans Foundation

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