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We’re at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting this weekend, where we are announcing that the next Knight News Challenge will open for ideas on Feb. 24. Our question: How might libraries serve 21st century information needs?
Challenge winners will receive a share of $3 million in funding to develop their projects.
In the fall of 2014, we launched our first Knight News Challenge on Libraries. We discovered a broad range of projects and teams focusing on making libraries more vibrant members of their communities. For centuries, libraries have been keepers of public knowledge, spaces for human connection, and educators for the next generations of learners. For this challenge, we hope to unearth new ways to advance libraries to meet the needs of their communities and carry these ideals into the future.
Here’s what you need to know before the challenge opens:
In the coming weeks, we’ll be traveling around the country to promote the challenge and holding virtual office hours so that you can ask questions. Stay tuned for details.
Please visit newschallenge.org starting Feb. 24 to apply, give feedback and ask questions, and take a look at the entries. Follow #newschallenge on Twitter or sign up here for Knight News Challenge updates. Please visit our FAQ page if you have more questions.
Nina Zenni is a media innovation associate at Knight Foundation. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.