Monday, August 20, 2007

Take The Knight News Challenge

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It’s time to enter this year’s Knight News Challenge, which awards big money for innovative ideas using digital experiments to transform community news. With the slogan “You Invent It. We Fund It!” the contest is open to community-minded innovators worldwide, from software designers to journalists to citizens and students of any age.

The contest is run by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Last year’s winners won awards ranging from $15K to $5 million. This year, for the first time, the web site – http://www.newschallenge.org/ – also will allow entrants to invite public comment that will help improve their entries.

Previous winning projects include:

* Open-source software that will let citizens find public information about their neighborhoods.

* Young journalists covering the 2008 presidential election on cell phones, for cell phones.

* Online games to inform and engage players about key issues confronting New York City.

* Digital newscasts for Philadelphia’s immigrant community distributed through a new citywide wireless platform.

Anyone worldwide can apply!

Applications accepted through October 15th - Winners to be announced by the spring of 2008.


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