The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding the best 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.Innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate. Previously run once a year, in 2012 the challenge ran three times, to more closely mirror the pace of innovation. Each round had its own theme.
The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Since 2007 Knight Foundation has provided more than $47 million in funding to 180 projects through the News Challenge. In addition to funding, winners receive support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisers to help advance their ideas.
Winners include leading Internet entrepreneurs, emerging media innovators and legacy newsrooms. DocumentCloud, which helps journalists analyze, annotate and publish original source documents, is being used by more than 200 newsrooms nationwide. Ushahidi has helped map information in crises from Haiti to Japan. hNews, a project by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and the Media Standards Trust, allows readers to see the source of information in online articles. It is used by more than 200 newsrooms such as the Associated Press.
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Find out more about the 2013 winners for Open Gov and Health, and the 2012 News Challenge winners for Networks, Data and Mobile.
Recent Winners Announcements:
- Knight News Challenge awards $2.2 million for ideas that unlock the power of health data, 1/14/2014
- Knight News Challenge awards $3.4 million for ideas to strengthen the Internet, 6/23/2014
- Knight News Challenge on Libraries awards $3 million for innovative ideas, 1/30/2015
- Knight News Challenge on Elections awards $3.2 million for ideas to better inform voters and increase civic participation, 7/21/2015
- Knight News Challenge awards $3.2 million for 17 ideas that make data work for communities, 1/26/2016