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The Knight Digital Media Center @ USC Annenberg was originally created in April 2006 by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to focus on helping journalists and news organizations succeed in the digital landscape. It is built on the foundation of the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism (WKConline.org) which trained more than 750 professional journalist between 2000 and 2006, as well as providing at least 75,000 more journalists with access to resources and online training opportunities.

In 2012, the Knight Foundation broaden the KDMC mission to include community foundations and other nonprofits who are seeking to engage and inform their communities on critical issues. The KDMC provides resources and training in variety of formats including self-direted, web-based learning modules, instructor-led virtual classes and workshops throughout the country. In addition the KDMC offers consulting services for organizations in strategies for engaging and informing communities in the digital age.  

In addition to the Knight Foundation, support for KDMC comes from The Patterson Foundation, The McCormick Foundation and consulting services to news and community organizations.

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Code/Media 2016 meets in California

February 17, 2016 - February 18, 2016

Code/Media will bring together the most influential minds in media and technology for two days of intimate gatherings and game-changing discussions in Laguna, Niguel, CA. Produced by senior editor Peter Kafka, in conjunction with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, this exclusive conference will get you up close and personal with media heavyweights and the tech innovators who want to get into the ring with them.

IRE Computer Assisted Reporting, March 10-13

March 10, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Join IRE and NICAR in Denver for the annual conference devoted to data journalism at the Denver Marriott City Center. 

SXSW Interactive Festival, March 11-15

March 11, 2016 - March 14, 2016

The 23rd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15.

Sunshine Week, March 13-19

March 13, 2016 - March 18, 2016

Join us in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Open government is good government.

The Collaboration Culture Symposium

March 21, 2016 - March 22, 2016

A new “collaboration culture” is emerging and collaboration is becoming the go-to strategy to make things work in the media industries. Join The Collaboration Culture Symposium at the Donald W.

ONA-Poynter present Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Mon, May 2, 2016 8:00 am

The interactive, five-day program for 28 U.S.-based participants will focus on critical leadership skills specific to digital media for the industry’s next generation of women leaders. The tuituion-free program will be held at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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Good, bad or even useful data? Help for sorting it all out

By Nancy Yoshihara
2/8/2016 | 11:11 am GMT

Dataproofer is a new, free tool designed to help journalists verify data.  The desktop app was developed by the news...

Amber is here to help you fight link rot and preserve content

By Nancy Yoshihara
1/30/2016 | 10:00 pm GMT

The new free software tool is designed to help bloggers and website owners prevent broken links by taking a snapshot...