PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Knight Foundation has issued yet another challenge to eight cities in the nation, including Philadelphia: develop new ways to report on arts.

The Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts have launched an eight-city competition seeking new models for local arts journalism in the digital age.

“We saw that the traditional media outlets had curtailed their arts journalism coverage significantly. Now, at the same time, the rise of the citizen journalism has been dramatic,” says Dennis Scholl, vice president for the arts for Knight.

He says the competition is wide open, “What if you created a new collective in your community that focused on a discipline like dance or theater?  There are choices like asking the community to decide which art stories they might want to hear.”

Tom Kaiden, president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, says, “The Knight Foundation is really focused on innovation and Philadelphia is developing a national reputation for its innovation in the cultural section.”

The deadline is August 18th.  Go to

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060