The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.
Throughout 2012, innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate in three challenge rounds, each with focused topics on emerging trends.
Round 1 - on networks - is closed, and the winners will be announced June 18.
Round 2 - on data - will be open May 31 - June 21. We’re looking for new ways of collecting, understanding, visualizing and helping the public use the large amounts of information generated each day. Winners will be announced in late September.
Details on Round 3 will available later this year.
Anyone, anywhere can apply for the challenge - whether for-profit start-ups or non-profit ventures. For more information on a variety of topics - from guidelines for for-profits, on intellectual property licensing, open source software and more - visit our FAQ.
Combine the best of human editorial value with time-saving and network-sensitive algorithmic assessment to find high-worth items from distributed communities of interest.
Most social media and RSS analyzers, summarizers, and recommendation systems curate immediate events or popular links. Nothing open, customizable, and self-hosted exists to find on an ongoing basis diverse, high-quality material of long-term value.
The PressForward Dashboard will empower individuals who serve a community of interest - physical or topical - to disseminate more widely valuable news and views with a minimum of labor and technological know-how. The plug-in architecture of varying filters will accommodate a wide array of networks with differing measures of value.
The PressForward Dashboard addresses the clear need of those swamped by full streams like RSS readers but who don’t want to outsource their editorial judgment to commercial or opaque filters. Right now the best curators develop idiosyncratic and often heroic monitoring efforts that can’t be replicated or scaled. Depending on the applied filters, the Dashboard could rank by relative value rare posts by those known to have high-quality information; long-form original writing; clusters of location-based or keyword-based information; smaller blogs that are receiving unusually large attention relative to their subscriber level; or other metrics. The Dashboard will help the editor maintain a longer and broader view of their community of interest.
The same people who have already made similar tools for academic networks: the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Within the center it will be located in the PressForward unit directed by Dan Cohen and Joan Fragaszy Troyano. Our team is responsible for highly successful and globally used open-source tools such as Zotero,a digital research platform used by over a million users in 50 languages, and Omeka, a content management system used by thousands of institutions to mount robust online exhibits. Our advisory board includes leading journalists and publishers.
PressForward has already launched several outlets that aggregate and curate communities of interest, such as Digital Humanities Now, which acts as a live newspaper for this new field. We are developing a robust PressForward platform to aggregate, curate, and disseminate high-quality work (with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation). We would like to extend the PressForward platform to aid journalists, news organizations, and community voices as well. The project is based at a large center with over 50 scholars and technologists that has produced award-winning tools that are similar in nature.
The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has a nearly twenty-year history of building over a hundred open-access resources and open-source tools and sustaining each and every one. We have built an endowment of $4 million and have highly diversified funding sources for ongoing operations.