Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm, has led the $8 million first round of venture capital for Upworthy, a developer of online video analytics and search technology. Founded 18 months ago, Upworthy is also backed by Catamount Ventures; Uprising, a new firm; and the Knight Foundation, a funder of journalism and media innovation companies. Read More
TechCrunch reports that Videolicious, a mobile app, which allows users to create and share videos online, has raised $2.25 Million in funding from the Washington Post Company, Amazon.com, and the Knight Foundation. The round was led by Venture51 and Social Leverage, along with participation of existing investors such as Joanne Wilson, Trestle Ventures, and Quotidian Ventures. Read More
KQED, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) have launched Matter Ventures, a new startup accelerator aiming to provide a needed boost to fledgling media entrepreneurs. . Read More
Three titles took home awards at the 9th Annual Games for Change Festival, honoring their achievement in using entertainment and engagement for social good. Read More 5 comments
Mountain View, Calif. - Google (NASD: GOOG) announced on Tuesday that it
will provide $5 million in grant money to non-profits "working to develop
new approaches to journalism in the digital age."
The company is providing
$2 million to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, half of which will be
earmarked to support U.S. grant-making, with the other half going to the Knight
News Challenge, which accepts proposals from anywhere in the world.
Challenge has fostered projects such as DocumentCloud, which aims to [...].
- Investigative News Network, a public service journalism venture backed by 32
non-profit news publishers, has received $200,000 in new grant money and named
former TheWrap.com COO Kevin Davis as its inaugural CEO, PaidContent reported.
The new two-year grant comes from the Knight Foundation.
- The Huffington Post’s Investigative Fund has received a $200,000 grant from
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, earmarked for investigative
"The Huffington Post Investigative Fund is experimenting with a
new way of providing important journalism, functioning as a non-profit that
draws audience from a popular for-profit," said Eric Newton, vice
president of Knight Foundation’s journalism program.
"It’s a worthy test
of a new idea, and since we really don’t know how investigative reporting is
best supported in the future, an interesting experiment."