The Knight News Challenge is giving more than $1.375 million to six projects that use networks in different ways to solve journalism problems.
Two of the winners announced Monday address issues on opposite ends of the journalism process:
The Tor Project will work on tools to help people in dangerous and politically repressive parts of the world publish and communicate safely with sources.
Signalnoi.se will enable news sites to track which stories and topics are gaining traction on their websites and their competitors’.
Monday’s announcement marks the completion of the first News Challenge contest since it shifted from an annual contest to three times a year.
Under the old system, nine to 10 months passed between the time that a project was submitted and Knight cut a check. In this cycle, that has been cut to 90 days, said John Bracken, director of the Knight Foundation’s journalism and media innovation grants.
Most of the awardees will have their checks by the end of the week, he said. “That feels right,” he said.
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.