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.
Collaboratively design a non-hierarchical media platform that grows participatory democracy by facilitating interaction between people/ideas through a network of local communities.
Similar projects have been undertaken by organizations like Indymedia, but Amauta will upend traditional journalism by giving collective power to its users. Users will both generate the content and decide its’ importance.
As part of the community media network in Costa Rica, Amauta will involve people in a project where coverage is decided by users. Local networks will submit content, and the location/duration of the content will be decided by the community. Collaboration and solidarity is rewarded with increased responsibility, which strengthens the network and the connected community.
Our world is ready for a new kind of participation in media. Amauta is ready to help build this:
Amauta is a four member team with complementary expertise: we are journalists, community organizers, programmers and graphic designers. Three of the team members are founding editors of Amauta. We are all Costa Rican, with one expat based in Providence, RI (for the moment.) Everyone on the Amauta team volunteers and works in a variety of community organizations, programming agencies and media projects. Our Providence, RI member is currently auditing courses at the MIT Center for Civic Media. Most of us are also part of social movement and free software communities: we plan to use these networks to tap talent for the project.
Amauta is a three year old opinion and analysis site which gives deeper context and dialogue around international and Costa Rican news. We have a rotating community of volunteer writers, contributing artists and commentators. We have also developed media share partnerships with a variety of online news outlets, Costa Rican community and political organizations, and independant writers and thinkers around the world. We have designed a theoretical framework for the system and are currently working to develop some beginning online tools. See attached diagram for a visual outline of the proposed project.
The system is designed to be self-sustaining- it is a free software platform. Users will also be encouraged to donate to the system. Most funds will be allocated by the community to meet network needs, but a percentage will be used to develop local training sessions to encourage new partners to join the network and become sustaining members.