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More about Media Innovation

We fund projects that seek to improve how we create, share and use information essential to communities. Our efforts support the ideas of people who are curious, adaptable and willing to share what they learn—whether it be from a success or a failure.

We provide early-stage funding for experimentation and growth.

  • The primary way we fund new ideas is through the Knight Prototype Fund, which provides $35,000 in support, training and other resources to research and test the core assumptions of new information projects. Learn more at prototypefund.org.

  • To uncover new ideas on emerging media topics, we run the Knight News Challenge, a media innovation contest; recent challenges have sought ideas on building a stronger Internet, leveraging libraries to build more knowledgeable communities, improving the way citizens and governments interact, and better informing voters and increasing civic participation around elections. The next News Challenge will launch in September 2015.  

  • We fund a small number of projects outside of the Prototype Fund and the News Challenge. If you would like to submit a proposal, you can do so here.

  • We occasionally sponsor events and conferences that further our mission. Submit a proposal here