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

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 »

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The Knight Foundation has announced the winners of a new round of its News Challenge, which focused on strengthening the Internet. Nineteen innovators will receive a portion of the total award of about $3.46 million. As online censorship continues to grow, the tools and platforms to help people continue to access the Internet freely and [...] more »

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RJI, or the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, has awarded 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, the largest number that it’s handed out yet. But what may be even bigger news is that six of those fellows will take part in so-called “institutional fellowships,” under which they’ll work directly with media organizations, such as [...] more »

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Following on the heels of last week’s announcement of eight new international fellows, the Knight Fellowships program at Stanford has revealed the 12 winners of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships for the 2014-15 academic year. The program is an attempt to help decipher the future of news — and as you can see from [...] more »

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Seventeen media innovators will have a chance to push their projects from idea to actual demos, thanks to grants of $35,000 each from the Knight Prototype Fund. The Knight Foundation on Tuesday announced the most recent winners of the fund, which accepts applications on a quarterly basis and is one of several moves by Knight [...] more »

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In yet another twist in the winding Net neutrality battle, the FCC recently announced it plans to recraft rules to preserve open access to the Internet. So it seems now is as good a time as any to look at how to strengthen the free and open web — which is precisely the aim of [...] more »

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On the heels of announcing its most recent slew of News Challenge winners, the Knight Foundation has announced it is funding 24 early stage media projects. Knight’s Prototype Fund supports small projects with grants of $35,000 each in an effort to push media projects from ideas to actual demos. The fund, which accepts applications on [...] more »

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The Knight Foundation today announced the latest winners of its News Challenge grantees. This latest round focused on health data and included projects from youth counseling via text messaging to chemical analysis tools and connecting communities with local health services. Seven winners received a portion of the $2.2 million total in grants. You can check [...] more »

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Matter, a startup accelerator launched last year by the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX, announced seven media ventures on Thursday that have been chosen to “change media for good.” These seven startups will take part in a four-month program that includes a $50,000 investment, mentoring, and design reviews to help them fine-tune their business plans [...] more »