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.
A “reporter’s toolbox” mobile app with a suite of tools and resources to improve journalism, whoever practices it.
We propose to build a mobile app for iOS and Android devices that places important practical tools and information in the pocket of every reporter and editor — guides to interviewing, writing, reporting and ethics; interactive tools to identify and save story ideas, to track assignments and to double-check their work for accuracy; quizzes to improve their knowledge; the latest news headlines about journalism; and other features.
Anyone engaging in journalism will find this app useful because it helps resolve some of their biggest pain points: like staying organized while juggling many tasks, increasing efficiency, maintaining accuracy as copy editing shrinks, and self-improving one’s skills and knowledge.
The apps would be publicized by Poynter, through targeted email, on Poynter.org and NewsU, with social media and word of mouth.
We will draw upon our successful relationship with iTunesU, where our podcasts have been downloaded millions of times and our faculty books have been featured prominently. We will also draw upon the expertise of the faculty and staff of The Poynter Institute and NewsU, as well as working journalists who would be the target audience.
We’ve worked out some ideas and built a simple prototype as a proof of concept. But we expect to continue to add and refine ideas as we talk to more people and focus on smart design.
Success is thousands of journalists across the world using this app daily to make their journalism better, more efficient, more accurate and maybe even more fun.
Our primary need is funding, which would cover the costs of creating it and enable us to make this app a free download. We want it to be available to the largest possible audience and create maximum impact, instead of having to make it a profit-seeking venture that has advertising or requires a payment to download.
Poynter has experience with this type of mobile app development. We worked with the Knight Foundation on building the Settle It! PolitiFact app that recently launched. And we developed our own Help! For Writers iPhone app.
Please list who is on your team: Jeff Sonderman, digital media fellow for the Poynter Institute; Wendy Wallace, grants coordinator for the Poynter Institute.
Expected number of months to complete project: 4 to 5 months.
Estimated Project Cost: $110,500
Name: Jeff Sonderman
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]: The Poynter Institute for Media Studies
City: St. Petersburg, FL
How did you learn about the contest? Poynter has covered the news challenge and collaborated with the Knight Foundation for years.