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Last week 11 advisers helped us select a group of semifinalists for the Knight News Challenge: Libraries. Today, we are excited to announce that 41 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration. These semifinalists will have a week to fine tune their entries before we begin work with another set of advisers to choose the finalists.
We received 680 submissions to the challenge, which is focused on the question: how might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?
Having the opportunity to look at a multitude of ideas from the library community is immensely valuable to our work. It gives us the chance to understand the shared energy among those working to innovate in the field and the shifting role of libraries in the digital age. Here are some of the themes that emerged as we reviewed the 680 entries:
Over the next week semifinalists will get the chance to provide more details about their ideas and respond to community input. We encourage you to review the entries and add your comments, questions and suggestions. During the review process we will also be identifying ideas that align with our Prototype Fund, which provides people with seed funding to test and refine early stage projects.
Thanks to everyone who has joined us in the challenge, and thanks to the group of advisers who helped us to review the entries. We’re looking forward to the next phase of the News Challenge and to continuing the conversation, which you can follow at KnightBlog.org or on Twitter using #newschallenge.