Knight News Challenge

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. The first round of 2013, which opens in February, will invite innovators from all disciplines to focus on tools for open government. In 2012, three challenge rounds, each focused on an emerging trend, drew more than 2,500 entries.

Challenge 1 - on NETWORKS: Winners were announced June 18.

Challenge 2 - on DATA: Winners were announced Sept. 20.

Challenge 3 – on MOBILE: Winners were announced Jan. 17.

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.

News Challenge Office Hours: Get your questions answered

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There are only four days left to submit your application to the Knight News Challenge: Mobile, which closes at noon ET on Sept. 10.

If you’re still thinking about how to form your idea, have questions that aren’t answered by our FAQ or want to clarify anything about the application, you can join us for News Challenge office hours.

At 1:00 p.m. ET, Friday Sept. 7, join us for a video/audio hangout with Knight’s John Bracken, director Journalism/Media Innovation, and Christopher Sopher, journalism program associate.

You can join the session by Skype or by phone:

Please note: You must have the latest version of Skype open and be logged in.

Dial in toll free number: +1 888 240 2560
Meeting ID: 820229184

Can’t make the hangout? Reach us anytime on Twitter @knightfdn or at You can find all the information we’ve posted about the contest and see other applications at

If you’re looking for tips for how to craft your proposal, check out two recent posts from a two-time challenge winner and veteran reviewer: A deeper look at the News Challenge application questions and How to make your News Challenge: Mobile application stand out.

See you soon!

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