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.
Connect and grow the international network of journalists, designers and developers involved with Hacks/Hackers, both online and offline.
Perhaps Online News Association. However, ONA is media focused; we focus equally on news and technology. We are a grassroots network of local groups, rather than a top-down membership organization.
We have built a network of Meetup groups with more than 9,000 people. Groups are also being set up across Africa and Latin America in collaboration with local organizers and NGOs. The grant will create an umbrella network connecting locally led grassroots groups.
4. Why will it work? [100 words]
- Meets a need: Members themselves have been asking for a way to unite and work with each other, and want to go beyond networking to building concrete projects.
- Organic growth: We’re regularly contacted by individuals interested in starting local Hacks/Hackers groups from around the world.
- Brand recognition: Hacks/Hackers has strong awareness in journalism innovation, hitting a nerve at the right time when such an idea was needed. We are becoming known more and more in technology circles and building more bridges there.
5. Who is working on it? [100 words]
Burt Herman, Jennifer 8. Lee, and Chrys Wu have launched efforts in North and South America, Europe and Australia, and lead groups in the United States. We also have groups including ICFJ working in the Middle East and Latin America and former Stanford Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein working in Africa. Members include journalists from major news organizations and freelancers, technologists from large companies and startups, and designers from media and elsewhere.
6. What part of the project have you already built? [100 words]
We already have local groups participating in meetups on four continents. We have a strong network of relationships that spans media institutions, technology companies and journalism non-profits. We have held networking events, hosted panels and speakers, and run hackathons in multiple cities. Hacks/Hackers has run training programs, and contributes to a weekly news/technology advice column on Poynter. Online, we have built a basic blog site and experimented with other forms of online collaboration. We are building a job listing email list. Hacks/Hackers has also started the process of creating an umbrella non-profit organization for the group.
Event attendnace fees; tuition for training programs; sponsorships for events, sites and newsletters; and job listing fees. We will also collaborate with other funders to invest in viable projects.