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 create one user community commenting on top issues in Chicago by aggregating across news source platforms the most commented on news stories that will be ranked by localized interest and allow users to join the conversation in a centralized mobile location.
This project will be a mobile site that will be connected to live data, which will be updated regularly through feeds from both large and small news sources in the Chicago area.
This tool will be a valuable resource for our community to access and participate in the most important news stories to their areas.
A portion of the budget would be allocated to promotion of the tool via the Chicago news community. The project will also be promoted on air on WTTW-11, Chicago’s premier public broadcasting station, as well as via social media.
This project will connect the entire news community in Chicago, large and small organizations that utilize print, television, and online platforms.
Chicago Tonight on WTTW has a powerful digital platform and a network of partnerships with many news sources in Chicago, and would use these relationships to build the collaboration needed to implement this project.
Success will be determined by the amount of people in the Chicago area using the tool to gather top stories and participate in the dialogue surrounding that topic.
Please list who is on your team: Management, interactive and producer teams at WTTW Chicago
Expected number of months to complete project: 12
Estimated Project Cost: $1,000,000
Name: Mindy Williams
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]: WTTW
How did you learn about the contest? online