Knight News Challenge: And the winners are....

The Knight Foundation announced the winners of its 2012 Knight News Challenge at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference in Boston today. While the competition exists since 2007, this is the first year Knight is hosting three separate thematic challenges; after Networks, it is now calling for applications on Data.

The Knight Foundation announced the winners of its 2012 Knight News Challenge at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference in Boston today. While the competition exists since 2007, this is the first year Knight is hosting three separate thematic challenges; after Networks, it is now calling for applications on Data.

According to Knight, the purpose of this challenge is to reward innovation ventures that build on existing networks to create new ways for informing and engaging communities. As a matter of fact, the winning projects range from an aggregator of live mobile video streams of breaking news to a platform that coordinates community disaster recovery.

Prestige aside, the 6 awarded companies are sharing a sizable prize: a $1.37 million grant aimed at accelerating their growth. In addition, they will also receive support from Knight’s network, which already benefited to recent News Challenge’s winners such as the Chilean data journalism project Poderopedia and the British open-data initiative ScraperWiki.

Over the last six years, News Challenge saw the foundation invest $28 million in 82 projects, several of which managed to gain traction in the media segment. For instance, DocumentCloud is being used in 200 newsrooms across the US, while Tim Berners-Lee’s hNews has been integrated into more than 1,200 news sites.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.