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.
Create One Click Community — build & deploy a powerful “news & community distro” of Drupal,to network of ethnic & independent sites.
No. At the moment, ethnic & indy community news site operators have two choices: general purpose platforms, or platforms like Allegro or Armstrong, which are costly to license, install.
We will work with members of the Drupal community to create a one-click install for community sites that integrates ad serving, social media, and voice over IP for the first time. Our distribution network will start out with existing independent youth, local and ethnic news organizations that have already committed to using it—and that need a viable solution to scale and grow—and then expand into NAM’s 700+ ethnic media partner sites and beyond.
There is an acute need for an affordable solution that provides centralized tech and support resources, a scalable platform w/an ad network, and bug fixes/maintenance/development. We are an experienced product development team with deep knowledge of the space, working with a powerful ethnic media network who can roll this out to organizations that really need this—but have no access to Armstrong and many other CMS tools because they are too small. Our experienced team is scaling up what we have already done to solve a problem.
James McBryan, (Drupal Lead and founder of Social Good Consulting firm, TechScouts)
Leo Burd ( via Drupal VOIP modules, MIT Civic Media Lab, Pantheon (hosting support from San Francisco-based new Drupal hosting service), Sandy Close, Alan Meyer, Jaski Singh, (NAM, ethic media inclusion strategy), Susan Mernit ( business and distribution strategy).
We also have commitments from the following successful ethnic, youth and local news operations to use the software: New America Media (network of 700+ ethnic media sites), Youth Outlook, Silicon Valley DeBug, California Endowment/NAM youth news hubs(9 sites), Beez sites (4), Oakland Local.
We have Oakland Local up and running as a Drupal site that contains many of the elements we propose to package as a one-click install and a connection to Leo Burd and the Drupal VOIP framework. We have also built a training curriculum for site providers, an ethnic media ad platform, and have an existing network of site operators who have agreed to create a coalition to pool resources for training, documentation, bug fixes, and future development. We also have the start of an ethnic media/community media ad network via NAM that we will integrate to support sustainability.
We will charge for hosting, maintenance and training and run the NAM ad network through the sites, taking a revenue percentage We will have 18 sites at start and 46 projected to deploy in the first 18 months. In year two, we will add additional ethnic media & community site operators.