Desiree Everts

Desiree Everts is the associate editor for Idea Lab and PBS MediaShift. She's dabbled in digital media for the past decade including stints at CNET News and Wired magazine. When she's not editing, you can find her exploring the nearby redwoods and running after her chickens and her own brood.

by Desiree Everts

Matter, a media startup accelerator launched two years ago by the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX, has named six tech companies that will participate in its newest class aimed at “changing media for good.” The entrepreneurs will take part in a five-month program that includes a $50,000 investment, mentoring, design reviews, and an intensive boot […] more »

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Just a little over a week after announcing the winners of its News Challenge on libraries, the Knight Foundation has revealed the latest recipients of its Prototype Fund. Ten media projects will receive $35,000 in funding to help push them from early stage ideas to a formal launch. Knight launched the Prototype Fund in 2012 […] more »

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J-Lab has announced four winners of its Masters Mediapreneurs Initiative, a grant program that aims to help fund media startups developed by Baby Boomers, aged 50-plus. The winning projects range from an online magazine on Medium.com that covers Boomers to a Spanish-language initiative to document border-crossing deaths involving law enforcement. Each startup will receive $12,000 […] more »

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It may be time to stop thinking about your local library as a musty repository of books with a stereotypical librarian whispering, “Shhhh!” More and more libraries are becoming bustling centers for community engagement — bringing locals not just books, but also “maker spaces,” computer access, digital movies, games and more. As libraries look to […] more »

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The rise of the data journalist and computational journalism is an unstoppable trend — and one that we’ve written about before on PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab. (See our special series about teaching data journalism and how to help journalism programs explore computational thinking.)  Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism has been on the […] more »

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Company downsizing or early retirement doesn’t have to mean the end of a journalism career for Baby Boomers in the media industry. Many are looking to entrepreneurship or other innovative ways to participate in media as their next step. In fact, a study from the MetLife Foundation found that adults in the 55-64 age group […] more »

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How do non-profit newsrooms become sustainable in the digital age? That’s the tricky question the INNovation Fund seeks to address by funding ideas that spur experimentation and innovation in non-profit newsrooms. The Investigative News Network has announced eight winners of the second round of its INNovation Fund, a partnership between the Knight Foundation and INN. […] more »

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The Knight Foundation today announced the latest winners of its Knight Prototype Fund. Eighteen projects will receive $35,000 to help them bring their concepts closer to fruition. The fund, launched in 2012, also gives winners a support network and the opportunity to receive human-centered design training in an effort bring early stage media ideas to […] more »

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As more and more libraries embrace the digital age, they’re becoming not just a place to consume books, but also creative hubs for information exchange within a community. “I don’t go to libraries to read books anymore,” a friend sheepishly admitted to me recently. “I drink a cup of coffee and mess around on the […] more »

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Sixteen winners of the Knight Prototype Fund are set to receive $35,000 to help bring their ideas even closer to fruition. The Knight Foundation on Wednesday announced the most recent winners of its fund, which looks to support early-stage media ideas in an effort to push them closer to a formal launch. Several of the […] more »