[okfn-coord] att: funding gang: knight foundation competition

paula le dieu paula at ledieu.org
Thu Jun 18 09:57:48 UTC 2009


I thought this might be an interesting one to keep in mind:


Applications open for the next round on Sept 1 2009.


Getting the news and information we need to improve our communities is more
important than ever. Send us your project. We seek innovations that use new
or available technology to distribute content in local communities. Take
part in the $5 million annual Knight News Challenge contest. Anybody
worldwide can apply.

There are three rules to follow to apply to the 2010 Knight News Challenge:

   1. Use digital, open-source technology.
   2. Distribute news in the public interest.
   3. Test your project in a local community.

This years' winners -
2009 News Challenge Winners
*Amount*: $719,500*Winners*: Eric Umansky and Scott Klein, ProPublica; Aron
Pilhofer and Ben Koski, The New York Times*Project*: To enrich investigative
news reports by creating an easily searchable, free, public online database
of public records.Media
*Amount*: $335,000*Winners*: Scott Rosenberg*Project*: To create a neutral
environment where the public can report, track, discuss and help resolve
errors in news coverageCouncilpedia<http://www.newschallenge.org/winner/2009/councilpedia>
*Amount*: $250,000*Winners*: Gail Robinson, Gotham Gazette*Project*: To
inform and engage New Yorkers around local issues by creating a publicly
accessible wiki devoted to local legislators’ voting records and campaign
*Amount*: $243,600*Winners*: Aaron Presnall, The Jefferson Institute *
Project*: To create a suite of online tools that make community news and
information easy to visualizeMobile Media
*Amount*: $200,000*Winners*: Katrin Verclas, MobileActive *Project*: To help
media organizations and citizen journalists around the world easily find the
mobile devices and applications they need to create and broadcast local news
reports The Daily
*Amount*: $95,000*Winners*: Aleksandra Chojnacka and Adam Klawonn *Project*:
To help commuters on Phoenix’s new light rail system use news, games and
social networking to learn about their cityCrowdsourcing Crisis
*Amount*: $70,000*Winners*: Ory Okolloh, Ushahidi*Project*: To strengthen
the reporting and understanding of breaking news events by creating a free
web map and timeline that combines and plots reports from citizens and
journalistsVirtual Street
*Amount*: $40,000*Winners*: John Ewing*Project*: To broadcast on street
corners video newscasts about two disparate neighborhoods as a way to spur
discussion among residentsCMS Upload
*Amount*: $10,000*Winners*: Joe Boydston, McNaughton Newspaper Company*
Project*: To save media organizations both time and resources by creating a
quick way to convert and load multiple newspaper files to a web site

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