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Merging media, minds, and money

$18.4m in Knight Foundation grants are fostering a ‘critical mass’ of Boston-area tech outreach projects

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By D.C. Denison
Globe Staff / November 22, 2011

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, based in Miami, is one of the largest foundations in the United States. Since it was founded in 1950, it has given away more than $1 billion in grants. But over the last five years, the foundation has focused much of its grant giving on innovative, technology-oriented media and community projects. The kind that engage young, technology-oriented New Englanders centered around institutional hubs like MIT and Emerson. As a result, a cluster of forward-looking media projects is growing in Boston and New England.

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