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Posts Tagged ‘Knight Foundation’

AP Finds Its Next East Coast Lifestyles & Entertainment Editor

Acoca AppointmentShelley Acoca (pictured), most recently an editor for Fox News Magazine, has a killer new job. Starting in August, she will be AP’s east coast lifestyles & entertainment editor.

Acoca, whose career has also encompassed Newsday and the Miami Herald, will be based in New York City. From today’s announcement:

“Shelley is a highly creative, top-notch editor who has worked with award-winning writers,” said Nekesa Moody, AP global entertainment & lifestyles editor. “Shelley is the right person to help lead our team as it continues to excel in breaking news and features, and also inspire new journalism paths.”

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Marlon Wayans Takes a Page from Ellen’s Oscars Selfie Playbook

On Friday, one-time Howard University student Marlon Wayans stopped by campus yet again, and this time took a moment to do his own version of Ellen’s epic Oscars broadcast selfie.

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Wayans has been hitting various college campuses in tandem with his traveling promotional tour for Haunted House 2. After his session at Howard, he shared the following on Facebook:

I was so impressed by the questions, the attentiveness and the intention I seen the eyes of students HU. I’m a proud Bison. #theworldisyours

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New from The Knight Foundation: A Free J-School Self-Help Book

SearchlightSunglassesEverything is in place to spread the word about today’s launch of the HTML5 digital book Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes from the Digital Age of Journalism. There’s a namesake website; a Twitter hashtag (#edshift); an Atlanta appearance; and loads of advance praise from members of the target audience:

Adam Maksl, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism, Indiana University Southeast: “A comprehensive perspective of the current state of American journalism and what needs to be done for the industry to respond for the future.”

John Lumpkin, director, Schieffer School of Journalism and former Associated Press vice president: “The uphill battle for journalism in the digital age is well-known. What has been missing is a solution. The voice of clarity about that is embodied in Searchlights and Sunglasses.”

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Former LA Times Tech Reporter Bets on Lighthaus

David Sarno is ready to roll up his sleeves. Per a nifty item in Fast Company by Nicole Laporte, he has completed a John S. Knight journalism fellowship at Stanford and is preparing to pitch investors on his startup Lighthaus.

The San Francisco-based enterprise is all about creating high-end interactive touchscreen graphics to go along with online newspaper and magazine stories. For his final Stanford project, Sarno created a $5,000 graphic depicting the intricacies of natural gas fracking. From Laporte’s piece:

Lighthaus has already drummed up interest. The Dallas Morning News is working with Sarno to create its own fracking graphic, and Stanford Medicine magazine has commissioned Lighthaus to create technology to explain the medical condition known as placenta accreta.

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NYT Freelancer Shines a Positive Light on Detroit

In the bankrupt Motor City, a traditional journalist is doing her part to show the world there remains a lot more to the area than bad economic news.

Jennifer Conlin, 51, grew up in Ann Arbor and during her college days, spent a lot of time in Detroit. After 20 years living abroad in various cities with her AP-employed husband, she came back to Michigan with their three children in 2010. During that time, she had become a regular freelance contributor to the New York Times and upon her return, the paper started sending her to Detroit quite a bit for assignments.

Three years later, per a feature interview by Concentrate, Conlin is tooling around the area for another reason: CriticCar, a digital start-up funded by a $100,000 Knight Foundation grant. The idea is to record, at various arts events, the impressions and criticisms of John Q. Public:

Conlin says the idea was partly motivated by a desire to provide more positive and diverse local media coverage. “You can’t even watch television in Detroit any more, especially with the bankruptcy now, because it focuses on crime so much,” she says. “You just see black kids in hoodies who have robbed a bank or broken into a car.”

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Knight Foundation is Sorry for Paying Lying Jonah Lehrer $20K to Talk About Lying

The Knight Foundation has issued an apology for paying Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at its media seminar. ”Controversial speakers should have platforms, but Knight Foundation should not have put itself into a position tantamount to rewarding people who have violated the basic tenets of journalism,” reads a statement on its website. “We regret our mistake.”

It’s hilarious that they’re only now realizing that yeah, maybe this wasn’t so smart. How did it take this long? This is how we imagine the heads of Knight Foundation reacted after Lehrer’s speech ended:

Guy 1: “Hmm… This fellow sure made some puzzling choices.”

Guy 2: “Yup, that’s Jonah Lehrer, he lied his way into a job with The New Yorker, among other things.”

Guy 1: “Oh, that Jonah Lehrer. So wait, we just paid $20,000 to a dude who consciously crapped all over journalism?”

Guy 2: “Hahaha! Yeah, he’s kind of a dick.”

Guy 1: “We’re gonna need to apologize.”

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NPR Launches Online Local Journalism Project With $3M In Grants

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NPR announced today that it is planning to launch a new local online journalism venture with $3 million in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The funding — $2 million coming from CPB and $1 million from the Knight Foundation — will be used to provide a group of NPR stations with the resources to hire “journalist bloggers” who will focus on a topic that is important to the city where they are based. “Stations will feed their work into NPR’s content management system, where the entire group of participants will have easy access to each others’ work to inform, enrich and add context as they create and present their stories,” NPR said.

In addition, through the two years of the pilot program, PBS‘s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” will provide participants with an embeddable video player for their Web sites, while also featuring local reporting from selected stations on the “NewsHour.”

NPR said the stations that will participate in the pilot program have not yet been selected. However, they will include a mix of radio/TV operation and public radio stations from around the country.

A full release about the venture, after the jump.

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Nonprofit Online News Startup Texas Tribune Receives $750K In Grants

The Texas Tribune, a new non-profit news organization launched by former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith, today announced that it has received $750,000 in grants a month before its Web site goes live. $500,000 was donated by Houston Endowment, a private foundation created by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Jones, while the Knight Foundation contributed another $250,000.

Full release about the funding after the jump.

Earlier: From Texas Monthly To Texas Weekly: Evan Smith Picks Up Experienced Staff For New Venture

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FBLA Exclusive: Alan Miller Leaving LAT For Much, Much Better Things

It’s a rare reporter who leaves daily news to try to make journalism a better institution. From our inbox this morning:

You asked several weeks ago if I was taking the latest buyout at the Los Angeles Times. I apologize for not responding sooner. But I want to let you know that I am leaving the paper after 21 memorable years, including nearly 19 years in the Washington bureau. My last day is March 28.

As you may know, I’m one of two remaining charter members of the bureau’s high-profile investigative team (started five editors and 14 years ago) and one of three Pulitzer winners in the bureau’s history (2003). This was one of more than a dozen national awards that I shared with my colleagues, including the Polk Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and two IRE awards.

With Robin Fields departing as well, the bureau’s I-team, which just a year ago had seven members, including Kevin Sack, my partner on the Harrier, will be down to three.

I’m leaving the paper but not the battlefield. I have a planning grant from the Knight Foundation to bring journalists and retired journalists into secondary schools to give students the tools to become smarter and more frequent consumers and producers of credible information across all media. My former editor, John Carroll, Vivian Schiller, who runs nytimes.com, and Chuck Lewis, who founded the Center for Public Integrity, are among my advisory board members.

I’ve spoken to many journalists, educators and social entrepreneurs in recent months, and have generated promising ideas, participation and initial support for Appleseed: The News Literacy Project. “The concept of reaching out to the younger generation through those of us who have experienced classical journalism and appreciate the First Amendment is long overdue,” Philadelphia Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow told me recently. “In my opinion, this project is one of great importance, and great urgency.”

I look forward to keeping up with LA Times, as well as the rest of the media world, through your site.

Alan C. Miller

Good luck, Alan!