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January 18, 2012

Knight Community Information Challenge 2012: Apply by Feb. 27

Once again, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is challenging community and place-based foundations to play a leading role in meeting the information needs of their communities…

This year’s Knight Community Information Challenge has three simple rules:

  • Applicants must be U.S. community or place-based foundations (community partners also are welcome).
  • Projects must meet a local information need.
  • Foundations must match Knight’s investment.

Deadline for applications: Feb. 27
Apply now

ALSO: Registration is now open for the Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar 2012. Held Feb. 19-21 in Miami, this event brings leaders from community and place-based foundations leaders together with with journalism and technology experts to explore the topic of community information needs. Register now.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

February 01, 2012

Live chat Feb. 8: Knight Community Information Challenge

Looking for funding for your local news or information project? Consider approaching local community foundations and applying for the Knight Community Information Challenge. This contest offers matching grants to community and place-based foundations for community information projects. And in one week, there’s a great opportunity to ask questions about KCIC…

KCIC is now accepting applications, which must be submitted by a foundation.

Learn more and apply now!
Deadline: Feb. 27

Ask questions about KCIC in a live chat:
Feb. 8, noon EST, at www.informationneeds.org.

More context, see Michele McLellan’s recent posts:

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

February 16, 2012

Knight Media Learning Seminar: Livestream, Feb. 20-21

Next week, community, foundation and tech leaders are gathering in Miami to explore trends in news and information, as well as the best ways to invest in media. It’s the 2012 Knight Media Learning Seminar, and you can watch the livestream online…

Watch the livestream beginning Monday, Feb. 20, 10 am EST. Full schedule and more info.

The program includes keynotes by:


Other sessions include:

  • Monday 11:45 am EST: Achievements. Foundation leaders discuss their successful local news and information projects.
  • Monday, 3:45 pm EST: What’s now, what’s next. A look at emerging technologies, with Knight VPs Michael Maness and Paula Ellis, and Amy Webb of the WebbMedia Group.
  • Tuesday, 10:15 am EST: Partnerships. Tips on how to find the best partners for your news and information project, based on the new Knight Foundation report.

Follow the conference hashtag on Twitter: #infoneeds.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

May 15, 2012

Mobile for community media workshop in NYC this weekend

On May 18-19, the Knight Digital Media Center-USC and the City University of New York are offering a special workshop on mobile opportunities for publishers of community and ethnic media outlets in the New York metro area.

This event is invitation-only, but the workshop resources are available to anyone online…

See the Community Mobile Tumblr blog.

Topics covered include:

  • Tools and services to jumpstart your new outlet’s mobile strategy
  • Engaging your community via mobile and social media
  • Mobile revenue opportunities
  • Recent research and statistics on mobile trends and user demographics
  • Examples of mobile projects relevant to ethnic and community media


Many resources on these and other topics are already listed there, and we’ll add more before, during, and after the workshop.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

June 20, 2012

Knight announces six “networks” News Challenge Winners

This week the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the six winners of the first 2012 round of the Knight News Challenge. These projects leverage existing networks to create new ways to inform and engage communities…

The winners are:

  • Peepol.tv, which aggregates live mobile video streams of breaking news events (via networks such as Ustream and TweetCaster) into an easily searchable world map.
  • Recovers.org. After a tornado destroyed their Massachusetts home, two sisters created an online organizing platform that helps disaster-stricken communities quickly launch recovery efforts. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, Recovers.org enables communities to launch a website to ensure that heightened news attention translates into donations, volunteers and more.
  • Signalnoi.se. A dashboard that tracks stories through social networks and across multiple news sites, to help newsrooms monitor what is resonating with readers and make smarter editorial decisions.
  • Watchup. This iPad app makes it easier and faster to find high-quality news videos. It also offers curated playlists which aggregates news reports into a simple interface.
  • Behavio. An open-source platform that turns phones into smart sensors of people’s real-world behavior, from how they use their phones to how they communicate. Funding will help programmers build apps with smarter sensors, create tools for journalists to uncover trends in community data, and launch a mobile application to help individuals explore data about their lives.
  • Tor Project. This longstanding project will leverage its vast network of volunteers to create a toolkit to help reporters communicate more safely with sources by using Tor’s secure Web browser, an anonymous upload utility, and more.

The deadline for applications for this year’s second News Challenge round (focused on Data) is tomorrow, June 21, noon EDT. Learn more and apply now.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

August 30, 2012

RTNDA/Gannett award for innovative community watchdog journalism

The Radio Television Digital News Association is teaming with the Gannett Foundation to offer a $5000 prize recognizing groundbreaking TV, radio, or online watchdog journalism that creatively uses digital tools. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues…

Criteria for evaluating innovation include interactivity, creation of new tools, innovative adaptation of existing tools, and creative use of any digital medium. An entry can consist of a single story, series or package on a single subject.

Each entry must have appeared between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Audio or video entries must not exceed 15 minutes. Print-only work is not eligible.

Learn more and enter now
Deadline: September 24

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