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.
Empower journalists on social networks by growing their following and giving them tools to excel.
Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Quora highlight journalists using their platforms, but we’re building the most comprehensive network of journalists and algorithmically analyzing how they use social media.
Journalists need to be where the audience is. Muck Rack will connect to Facebook, Tumblr, Quora, Pinterest and Twitter to help people find the right journalists, and build specialized tools for journalists to collaborate on these platforms. It will analyze which journalists people should engage with based on their needs.
Muck Rack’s the go-to place to find journalists to engage on Twitter. Thousands of journalists have proactively requested to join the network. The Next Web’s Courtney Boyd Myers said, “As a journalist, I can’t overstate the importance of a tool like this.” By building more tools for journalists to connect with readers, colleagues and sources using existing social networks, journalists can do their job better and faster. Muck Rack will also expand to non-English speaking journalists and publish insights on how journalists are using social media well globally.
Muck Rack is led by @Gregory Galant and Lee @Semel, who also created the Shorty Awards and Listorious together. Greg previously worked at CNN.com and has helped many entrepreneurs through Venture Voice and as a TechStars mentor. Lee’s a software engineer and UI designer who’d previously created sites for organizations including Harvard University, Xerox PARC and the Council on Foreign Relations. A database editor who has worked on the site since its debut in 2009, along with several freelance writers, make daily additions and updates to keep the information as accurate as possible.
Muck Rack first went live in 2009 and has expanded from several hundred verified journalists to many thousands, and relaunched in December 2011 with more powerful tools to analyze that journalists are tweeting about. Reuters’ Anthony De Rosa said of our daily email, “There are a lot of daily digest emails out there, both curated and automated, but @muckrack continues to be the one I learn the most from.” Muck Rack is still English-only, largely Twitter-focused, and only scratches the surface with its tool set. We plan to invest heavily in our engineering and database.
Muck Rack will always be a free resource to find journalists on the social web and engage them. Last December, we launched Muck Rack Pro, which is free for journalists and paid for communications professionals. This revenue stream will make Muck Rack a sustainable and essential link in social networks.