Knight Foundation Adds Grant Maker for Digital Media

By: E&P Staff

John Bracken has joined the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to direct grantmaking in digital media.

With the title of director of new media, the foundation said, Bracken will lead the foundation’s Knight News Challenge, an international contest to find innovative ideas that use digital platforms to help inform local communities.

“John is already a leading digital media grant maker,” Eric Newton, vice president of Knight Foundation’s journalism program, said in a statement. “His work will only grow in impact as all news organizations seek to invent or reinvent themselves for the digital age.”

Bracken was most recently program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he managed investments in technology and innovation and global Internet freedom, and worked to strengthen nonprofit start-ups. He also has worked with the Ford Foundation as a program associate in media policy and technology.

“Throughout my career, I’ve strived to maximize the potential of the Internet for improving society,” said Bracken said in a statement.  “I can’t imagine a more exciting place than Knight Foundation to continue that work.”

Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen said the pick reflected its philosophy of experimentation in new media: “Only by intense experimentation and staying open to new trends and ideas can we hope to sustainably provide communities with the information they need to function in an open society.”

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