Winners announcement: Knight prototype call for ideas to improve the flow of accurate information (Hosted by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Bill Adair of Duke University; Jennifer Preston of Knight Foundation; Jonathan Kartt of Rita Allen Foundation; Scott Klein of ProPublica; Josh Stearns of Democracy Fund; Amanda Zamora of The Texas Tribune; John Bracken of Knight Foundation
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Join Knight Foundation as we, with Democracy Fund, and Rita Allen Foundation, announce the winners of the prototype call for ideas to improve the flow of accurate information.

Following the announcement Jennifer Preston, VP/Journalism at the Knight Foundation will moderate a panel with Bill Adair, Politifact, Amanda Zamora,Texas Tribune and Scott Klein, ProPublica to discuss the ideas and themes that emerged from the open call, why they are excited about the winning projects, and what they see as trends in the industry.


Speaker Bios

  • Bill Adair is the Knight Professor at Duke University, where he also serves as director of Duke's journalism program. He is the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact and a leader in the global fact-checking movement. He worked 24 years for the Tampa Bay Times, including 18 years in the Washington bureau. He is the author of "The Mystery of Flight 427," the first inside account of a major NTSB investigation. @BillAdairDuke

  • John Bracken joined Knight Foundation in June 2010. Bracken is vice president of the Technology Innovation Program, which funds projects that improve the creation, sharing and use of information essential to communities. He supervises the Knight News Challenge and the Knight Prototype Fund. Bracken has 15 years of experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy and [email protected]

  • Jonathan Kartt is officer for program and evaluation at the Rita Allen Foundation, which supports work in the fields of US civic engagement and biomedical research. Previously, at the Bridgespan Group he advised foundations and nonprofits in the international development, US democracy, human rights, and other fields. Jonathan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Magnum Foundation.

  • Scott Klein is a deputy managing editor at ProPublica. He oversees ProPublica's visual and data journalism. He also manages ProPublica's Electionland project, which is a large-scale cross-newsroom collaboration that covers voting and election integrity. Scott is also a co-founder of DocumentCloud and a board member of MuckRock. Twitter handle: @kleinmatic 

  • Jennifer Preston is vice president for journalism at Knight Foundation, providing funding for projects supporting local news and diversity, and advancing the First Amendment and the future of journalism. Before joining Knight in 2014, Preston was an award-winning journalist for The New York Times and the newsroom’s first social media editor. She previously worked at New York Newsday and the Philadelphia Daily News. @jenniferpreston

  • Josh Stearns is the Associate Director of the Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Focusing on a vibrant media and the public square, Josh leads the Public Square Program in it’s mission to invest in innovations and institutions that strengthen local news and trustworthy journalism. @jcstearns

  • Amanda Zamora is Chief Audience Officer at The Texas Tribune. She got her formal start in journalism at The Austin American-Statesman in 2003 and spent the next 13 years working in digital editing and audience development at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post Investigative Fund and ProPublica before joining The Texas Tribune in 2016. @amzam or [email protected]

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