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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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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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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...

Slowly but surely crowdfunded journalism attracts a public-spirited following

By Nancy Yoshihara
1/24/2016 | 10:00 pm GMT

While crowdfunding for  journalism projects is dwarfed by the big bucks attracted by film, music, theater, technology and other categories,...