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.

Live field reporting narratives with Meograph

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1. What is your project? [1 sentence]

Mobile app to create Meograph stories live from the field, allowing a journalist to tell a story in context in real time using their smartphones.

2. How will your project use mobile tools and approaches? [2 sentences]

This entire project will be building out the mobile component of our already-existing player and online authoring process.  Using mobile will allow stories to be constructed as video in real time.

3. Who will use it and why? [1 sentence]

Reporters in the field to file their stories fastest as they unfold.

4. Please list three ways they would learn about your project.

1) We already are getting good attention from journalists

2) Stories of this kind inherently go viral, esp with the share features we’ve built im.

3) Even closer integration with newsrooms

5. What connections have you made, or will you make, with others [communities, organizations or networks] about your project? [2 sentences]

We are already engaging top news media organizations to get Meograph used in their newsrooms.  The mobile app will enhance the offering.

6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences, feel free to include links]

Backend and player is already built and working well.

7. What does success for your project look like? [1-2 sentences]

Working mobile app in the hands of thousands of reporters by the end of the year and widespread usage by springtime.

8. What resources do you need to succeed? [1-2 sentences]

Developing this app for iPhone alone to begin would cost about $75K.  The team is already in place.

Additional details: -
Please list who is on your team:
Three developers and designers
Expected number of months to complete project:
Estimated Project Cost:
Misha Leybovich
@mishaley, @meograph
Email address:
Organization [if applicable]:
San Francisco, CA
How did you learn about the contest?
: Word of mouth