A crowd-funded, pop-up artists colony in a Kansas church, a nonprofit helping artists build financial assets through homeownership, and a fundraising collaborative between nationally recognized arts groups are among the five winners of the first-ever Arts Entrepreneurship Awards, unveiled earlier this month.
To establish a model for sustaining quality, story-driven public radio shows, PRX last week launched Radiotopia, a podcast network of the best emerging and established talent. The launch is supported by $200,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Radiotopia is anchored by 99% Invisible, the popular design and architecture podcast hosted and produced by Roman Mars. Other podcasts in the inaugural lineup include Radio Diaries, Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, and Strangers, a fascinating look at how people connect in the modern world created by Lea Thau, former executive and creative director of The Moth.
Coverage of the launch included an interview with Mars on BoingBoing’s Gweek podcast, USA Today, The Guardian, The Verge, Mediabistro, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab, Current, Radio Survivor, and All Access.
PKPR managed the red carpet for the 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards in New York City on February 1st. Over 30 photographers, 20 print and online reporters, and seven television crews lined the red carpet for interviews with nominees like Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight), Danny Strong (The Butler) and presenters like Kerri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Kate Mulgrew, and Archie Punjabi.
For the second year in a row, PKPR spearheaded a social media campaign for Moleskine for National Handwriting Day on January 23rd.
To take this year’s initiative to a new level, PKPR invited leaders like Malala Yousafzai, Katie Couric, and airBnB co-founder Joe Gebbia to handwrite a social media message and share it with their millions of followers. Outlets like USA Today, Nylon, Politico, Real Simple, GirlsLife, Mediabistro, Social Moms, and Good News Network helped spread the campaign even wider.
Overalll, more than 350 handwritten messages were submitted by people around the world, more than doubling the amount of entries received in 2013. View the gallery of all submitted messages here.
At the Clinton Health Matters conference in Palm Springs, the Knight Foundation announced $2.2 million in funding for seven startups that harness the power of health data in innovative ways to improve public health. The startups were the winners of The Knight News Challenge on Health.
Coverage highlights included a fantastic Fast Company piece with the headline “7 Brilliant Ideas to Make Health Data More Useful,” as well as stories in MediaBistro, Columbia Journalism Review, GovTech, MedCity News, iHealthBeat, and Healthcare Informatics.