This afternoon I went to a short seminar at NYPL on the News Challenge Grant offered by the Knight Foundation (you may recall the D&R where Laura and Meredith encouraged you all to submit ideas for grant proposals -- this is who we are submitting to!). Attendees ranged from librarians, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and coders, and NYPL's CEO & President Dr. Marx was even in attendance.
Knight rep Lily Weinberg gave us a brief history on the foundation, explaining that although it's roots are in journalism, there is an intrinsic link between news and libraries. Their mission involves promoting quality journalism, advancing media innovation, engaging communities and fostering the arts. They believe that the public should not only have access to quality information, they should be engaged as well.