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.
Identify public figures in news articles and visualize quotes by them over time.
I am not aware of a similar project. My project is simple and will focus on a clean UI and small data set.
I intend to use The Sacramento Press API to ingest articles, combined with the Alchemy API to parse them semantically. I will glue these two systems together with a rails app. The system will be available to the entire vibrant and active Sacramento Press community.
Because as a founder of The Sacramento Press I have a deep knowledge of news and our platform specifically. I also have years of development experience that are currently going unused. We also have an active community of readers and contributors who would use the tool daily. I will build the tool to work generically so that it will be easy to add different organizations to the tool, as long as they have a public API.
I will be the primary developer, building it outside of my daily duties at The SacramentoPress/Macer Media but will also allocate part of my working day to building it. I will also enlist the help of an experienced graphic designer / developer to implement the visualization and lean on my proven team at Macer Media for advice and help.
The first version of the data model and integration with The Sacramento Press API is already complete.
Macer Media will pay for the hosting of the site for a minimum of 5 years after the funding expires.