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.
Enable journalists to surmount structural barriers to newsgathering, through microcollaboration, by linking them with social tools and technologies.
Services like Quora, StackExchange, WikiAnswers, LinkedIn Answers, Facebook Questions, and journalism discussion lists/forums, are nominally similar, but address neither the South’s technology limitations, nor journalists’ structural, privacy or security needs.
Investigate Net enables microcollaboration on a local to global scale.
It connects journalists around the world to peer-sourced information unavailable otherwise, through low-bandwidth communication technologies such as:
- lean/mobile Web site
- text or SMS messaging
It uses open source technologies [e.g. Apache, FrontlineSMS, osTicket], and connects through APIs to Twitter, Facebook, etc.
InvestigateNet eliminates structural, practical, technological and financial barriers by linking journalists who find it impossible to get information to peers with easy access.
InvestigateNet was inspired by an African journalist unable to identify the value and uses of mined minerals: Experts wouldn’t talk. Poor Internet access and a basic mobile phone limited his communication.
The information he sought, I could get in minutes.
Journalists at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev in November 2012 who expressed enthusiasm to use InvestigateNet included the Forum for African Investigative Reporters, Global Investigative Journalism Network, and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Saleem Khan is a Toronto-based journalist, founded Innovate News; and journalism working group chairman at the University of Toronto ThingTank Lab.
Innovate News gathers executives, managers, journalists, designers, technologists, and academics to resolve challenges facing journalism.
ThingTank Lab is an open community lab that experiments, prototypes and makes digital/physical media, i.e., “Internet of things.”
Saleem launched, managed, edited and reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) technology news service, was news and global technology editor for Metro, the world’s largest international newspaper; and was an editor at Toronto Star newspapers.
He was chairman and director of the Canadian Association of Journalists for a decade.
We have developed the concept, produced paper-based prototypes of the system and how it works, produced a basic mock-up video, and identified open source tools and technologies that we will use to build this project.
The main obstacle to InvestigateNet is a lack of funding. The project lead is not a programmer [but is learning to code], and relies on rotating volunteer programmers and user experience designers with expertise in open source development, software design and security.
Funding would allow us to focus on building a working prototype and iterate into a viable tool.
We have encountered venture capitalists, private companies, NGOs and news organizations that have expressed interest in investing in InvestigateNet once a working prototype is available, or in purchasing beta or release-candidate licences.
We will also sustain the project by selling consulting services and training, a freemium pricing model, and ancillary merchandise.