Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Akronist: Let Your Voice Be Heard (Part Two) – 2012-04-17

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By Katie Sobiech

“We’re getting really positive stories from the community that you won’t see in other places. We’re covering a lot of social issues, non-profits, community and neighborhood events that you normally wouldn’t see covered in traditional media,” Chris Miller, Director of the Akron Digital Media Center and Community Investment Officer for the Akron Community Foundation, said.

Akronist story idea

The Akronist will have an opening ceremony May 17th from 4-6 p.m., celebrating their new location at the Main Library downtown. All are welcome to come explore, take new classes, and learn how to post their own stories on the website (www.akronist.com).

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The Akronist: Let Your Voice Be Heard (Part One) – 2012-04-05

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By Katie Sobiech

“Two and a half years ago I got let go from my job at an electronics company,” Monica Baird, a videographer at the Akronist, said.

“I had no experience whatsoever with video and now I’m putting up videos on the Akronist. I’m learning all kinds of things like video, media, journalism, and what does that mean, and how to put a story together,” Baird continued.

This is what makes the Akronist stand out from traditional media outlets. They allow everyday citizens to post videos and stories on their website http://www.akronist.com, regardless of their past experience.

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The Knight Foundation: 
Inspiring others to Engage 
the Community in New, 
Creative, Innovative ways (Part Two) – 2012-03-31

By Katie Sobiech

Crystal Jones, Co-Manager of the Akron Neighborhood Trust, knows first-hand the benefits of partnering with the Knight Foundation.

Crystal Jones

Crystal Jones (right)

“I think the Knight Foundation is to be applauded for being dedicated to strengthening communities and supporting the development with emerging leadership within the community” Jones said.

The Knight Foundation focuses on encouraging and growing the best and brightest ideas in Akron, and catapulting people’s intelligent visions into realities.

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The Knight Foundation: 
Inspiring others to Engage 
the Community in New, 
Creative, Innovative ways (Part One of Two) – 2012-03-24

By Katie Sobiech

What does it take to come up with a fresh, inspiring idea that changes a city for the better? And once the idea blooms in the mind, how does one bring it to fruition? For those who stay awake at night thinking of how they can make change – the dreamers, thinkers and entrepreneurial minds – the Knight Foundation may be the key that unlocks the door to your bright idea.

The Knight Foundation, a somewhat hidden gem, is a national foundation with local roots. It encourages out-of-the-box, innovative, creative, interactive ideas, and supports chosen “masterminds” with grants to turn their dreams into a reality. The key is that they be transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts.

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Leadership Akron: 
Exploring Akron Culture and Inspiring Collaborative Leadership in the City – 2012-03-17

By Katie Sobiech

When thinking of thriving, exciting cities to live in, New York City, Chicago or Vegas may come to mind for most. But many are unaware of the vast array of hidden treasures to be found right here in Akron. There is a rich, vibrant community life that is just waiting to be discovered. And that is the purpose of Leadership Akron, to bring light to the many opportunities right outside our front door.

Leadership Akron opens local leaders eyes to a world of possibility in Akron, educating and connecting them with others to advance the community, creating a life-changing experience.

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