“You Invent. We Fund it.”
That is the promise of the Knight News Challenge, the innovation contest that “aims to advance the future of news by funding new ways to digitally inform communities.”
This year, the Knight Foundation is giving away as much as $5 million for fantastic ideas that use open-source technology to distribute news in the public interest, in one of four categories.
Do you have a fantastic idea that you want to propose, but don’t have the technical expertise to build it? Or maybe you are already on track to submit your proposal, but don’t have a team in place to build out your idea if you are selected?
CivicActions is here to help.
We support the global movement of people and organizations building a sustainable future by providing Drupal, CiviCRM and mobile application development. Our team has deployed more than 100 free and open source web projects since 2005 for progressive organizations in the areas of social justice, environmental sustainability, and the media.
Knight is currently accepting applications in the following categories:
Mobile: Seeks projects that use mobile devices to produce, deliver, consume, share and otherwise engage with news. The category reflects the fact that the mobile phone, with 5 billion units in use, has become an important tool for news.
Authenticity: Looks for projects that help people better understand the reliability of news and information sources. We’re hoping to identify promising ideas for helping citizens negotiate our oft-chaotic media world. How can we help news users better evaluate the validity and trustworthiness of news and information? How can we better filter and assess the credibility of what we read and watch?
Sustainability: Considers new economic models supporting news and information. New ways of conducting and consuming journalism may require new ways of paying for it. We’re open to ideas for generating revenue as well as ways to reduce costs.
Community: Seeks groundbreaking technologies that support news and information specifically within defined geographic areas. This is designed to jump-start work on technologies and approaches that haven’t arrived yet. Unlike the first three categories, submissions in this area must be tested in a geographically designated community.
The deadline for Knight News Challenge submissions is December 1.
So, if you are looking for a technical team aligned with your vision for positive, sustainable change, please be in touch as we’d love to help!