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.
Detroit LifeMap is a multi-layered data map/ tool that connects parents, caregivers and advocates to essential life information (school performance, safety, parks, health services, grocery stores…).
No. Big Data, community tools, maps, etc… are active spaces, but we believe this is the only project that delivers tools designed to improve the daily quality of life for urban families and strengthen the civic fabric through greater local relatedness.
Detroit is the city of “do it your own damn self.” WDET already partners with hundreds of neighborhood-based community groups who are dedicated to serving families and works with them on existing networks like FB and Twitter. Nevertheless, there are virtually no location-specific digital tools. WDET and Detroit’s data democracy network will partner with the groups to deliver new tools.
The team has the relationships and proven ability to 1) bring in target users who will inform the need set and 2) build and deliver relevant services. WDET has cultural competency with the target user and the organizations who serve them. The developers have delivered numerous high-impact projects. By adopting a simple design and layers of information that the user can turn on/ off, the tool will allow the user to easily access information the government either can’t or won’t deliver.
WDET, Loveland, Code for America, Data Driven Detroit, WSU’s Center/ Urban Studies and a consortium of SE MI NGOs/ NFPs and faith-based community groups are the core team. The NGOs/ NFPs and faith-based community groups will provide a vital role as contact facilitators with the target user, as concept editors and as trusted source communicators around launch. WDET will commit a dedicated community engagement staff member throughout the design and launch.
WDET’s “Call to Action”, which received seed funding from the Knight Foundation, delivered thousands of volunteer hours to the community groups. That project was built using the tech designed for Loveland’s “Why Don’t We Own This?” These are working prototypes for both the human and digital networks. Code for America will provide guidance on leveraging existing code that will be used for the underlying architecture and can be expanded upon to accommodate data additional layers.
WDET and Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies will provide editorial, technical and administrative support. The maintenance and oversight of the project falls well within each orgs mission and capacity. There is significant interest in the regional community foundation sector for place-based information projects.