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.
To develop a one-stop public policy app to remedy the problem of hit-or-miss local news coverage of local government, as well as to build community and, with that app and the content it makes available, to contribute to real, self-governing democracy.
The app would, among many other things, stream live (and provide archived) video of ALL city commission and county commission meetings, as well as access to ALL public records associated with those meetings. Using voice-recognition technology, the app would also allow citizens to key word search archived video to locate with time codes when the word (or subject or topic) was mentioned or discussed in the meetings.
Local residents will use the app to monitor and even participate in local government; secondary audiences include journalists and government employees.
This is a vastly under-served media market, one with no television, only one newspaper, one news website focused mainly on weather, politics and dining, and some mediocre local radio. Because we are a college, we are not seen as competition by local media, therefore local media will be used to publicize availability of the app, which will provide a service no one locally provides. Specifically, news stories about the new app will run in:
Faculty and staff at Berry College personally know the mayor, most city commission members, city manager and county manager, chief magistrate, and various other local government officials and point people. We also will seek to liaise with local media to offer their readers and listeners this valuable portal to local government.
The multimedia news website, which will host all of the documents and video. http://vikingfusion.berry.edu
Success will mean residents are increasingly participating in local governance beyond simply attending meetings (“doing” democracy rather than merely believing in it). Success will also mean that local officials and their work are fully transparent and accountable, and, perhaps, that similar communities to ours are “borrowing” or honoring our mobile app by implementing something similar (we plan to share everything).
Development funds, pure and simple. We have student journalists, a robust web presence, and dedicated, collaborative faculty and staff.
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Public Policy App
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How did you learn about the contest?
Poynter Institute website