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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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Podcasting Collab/Space San Francisco Workshop, September 12

September 12, 2015 - September 12, 2015

Podcasting has become the Next Big Thing for the second time in our current golden age of audio. How an audio startups survive and thrive will be the focus of the one-day  Collab/Space San Francisco workshop on September 12. 

NTEN 2015 Leading Change Summit in Washington, D.C. September 13-16

September 13, 2015 - September 16, 2015

The Learning Change Summit experience combines a mix of time spent connecting with peers in Hubs and developing your project or idea through direct learning workshops that put structure and momentum behind your plans. 

The ONA15 Annual Conference will be held in Los Angeles, September 24-26.

September 24, 2015 - September 26, 2015

ONA's annual conference attracts hundreds of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of media.

Code For America Summit: Transforming 21st Century Government

September 30, 2015 - October 2, 2015

The 2015 Code for America Summit will kick-off September 30 in Oakland, California. For three days, more than 1,300 government leaders, technologists, and community members will  delve into how, together, we can transform government for the 21st Century.

LION Annual Summit October 1-3 in Chicago

October 1, 2015 - October 3, 2015

The 2015 LION Summit will return to Chicago on October 1-3 at the downtown campus of Columbia College Chicago

3-D: Digital, Diversity, Disruption: theme of ASNE-APME conference October 16-18

October 16, 2015 - October 18, 2015

The nation's top editors gather at the ASNE-APME annual conference October 16-18 in Silicon Valley at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.  The Associated Press Photo Managers is also a conference partner. 

Sales & Revenue Bootcamp for news organizations, October 19-20

Mon, October 19, 2015 9:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015 5:00 pm

Learn sales and marketing skills to make your news site financially sustainable.  Apply for bootcamp, to be held at the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University October 19-20,

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Hearken: A new tool that brings the public into the news making process

By Nancy Yoshihara
8/24/2015 | 10:00 pm GMT

Designed for newsrooms, editors and producers, Hearken provides modules to enable the public to pitch story ideas, determine assignments, report...

Measuring success of nonprofit news outlets without analytics

By Nancy Yoshihara
8/17/2015 | 10:00 pm GMT

Alex Stonehill of the Seattle Globalist offers five alternatives to web analytics as measures of success for nonprofit news sites.