As Director of New Media, Bracken will work to advance informed and engaged communities through media innovation and quality journalism.
He 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," said Eric Newton, vice president of Knight Foundation's journalism program. "His work will only grow in impact as all news organizations seek to invent or reinvent themselves for the digital age."
“In a world of constant technological and social change, it’s essential that we fund a wide range of experiments that will help point the way we will share and use information in this democracy,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of Knight Foundation. “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.”