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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.
Challenge 1 - on NETWORKS - is closed, and the winners will be announced June 18.
Challenge 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 Challenge 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.
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The Knight News Challenge is being offered three times this year in short, focused rounds to better mirror the pace of innovation. Winners of Round 1, which focused on networks, will be announced June 18. Here, Journalism and Media Innovation Program Director John Bracken writes about the Knight News Challenge: Data.
Today, we are opening the Knight News Challenge on data. We are asking just eight questions - and 500 words - for your share of $5m. And you have three weeks to enter before the challenge closes at noon EDT June 21.
We’re looking for ideas that help make data more useful, by collecting, processing, visualizing or otherwise making it available, understandable and actionable.
We don’t have a vision for what we hope to fund through the contest— if we did, we wouldn’t need a contest.
Here are some examples of data being useful:
“Before going to News Foo, I built a Python script to scrape the LinkedIn profiles of everyone at the conference. Ten percent of the conference’s attendees went to Harvard….Journalists are also much more likely than Americans in general to live in New York or Washington…[A] reporter is nearly twice as likely as the average American to live in New York and three times as likely to live in Washington.”
So send us your ideas on how to make data useful. We’ll be holding a Google Hangout to answer questions at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday June 5, on the Knight Foundation page. You can also reach us @knightfdn or firstname.lastname@example.org - and check out our FAQ.