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KDMC's new mission, new look

Welcome to a new website and to an expanded Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenberg.

The redesigned and refocused website reflects a new emphasis on helping locally focused foundations meet community information needs. It is a natural expansion of KDMC’s expertise in guiding news entrepreneurs as well as helping news organizations transform in the digital landscape.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is supporting this mission with $1.66 million through the Knight Community Information Challenge which engages community and place-based foundations in supporting news and information projects.

KDMC and Knight Foundation announced the effort at the Council on Foundations' Fall conference where the center hosted a workshop for foundation leaders on digital strategies.

The KDMC’s new website is designed as a learning resource for community foundations and others seeking to develop and sustain local news and information initiatives and services.

The website includes self-directed learning modules on such topics as partnerships, metrics and developing a technical strategy. In addition, the website provides examples of successful news and information projects, news on innovation strategies and technology, events calendars and other features of interest to news entrepreneurs and community foundations.

KDMC's respected senior programming consultant Michele McLellan continues to blog on topics important to organizations and individuals engaged in developing and nurturing credible sources of news and information.

With Knight support the KDMC will:

  • Host annual "boot camps" for Knight challenge grantees focused on project startup skills;
  • Provide coaching for new and current Knight challenge grantees:
  • Offer virtual classes for KCIC grantees as well as other foundation project leaders and news entrepreneurs;
  • Provide regional seminars on digital strategies for local foundation CEOs and organization leaders;
  • Host workshops on business skills essential to startups' success and sustainability.

For more info on upcoming KDMC learning opportunities and events sign up on our homepage for the center's weekly newsletter.

Events
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Collab/Space Chicago, September 24

September 24, 2014 - September 24, 2014

An all-day, hands-on workshop focused on media innovation and spotlighting cutting-edge media startups –  in the Chicago area and beyond. 

Online News Association 2014 Conference

September 25, 2014 - September 27, 2014

A rare opportunity to network face-to-face, and share best practices with peers from all over the map at the ONA annual conference in Chicago.

New Avenues in Journalism

October 10, 2014

To help independent writers negotiate the changing terrain of journaism, ASJA is bringing thought leaders and innovators to San Francisco for a two-day conference

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

January 30, 2015 - February 3, 2015

Registration is now open for the ALA meeting, which will be held in Chicago.

Nonprofit Technology Conference

March 4, 2015 - March 6, 2015

The NTC is the nonprofit industry's signature technology event, bringing together more than 2,000 nonprofit staff, vendors, and consultants. 

Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know

March 15, 2015 - March 21, 2015

Launched in 2005, Sunshine Week has grown into an enduring annual initiative to promote open government and push back against excessive official secrecy.  

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