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April 11, 2012

Six “new” journalists win AP-Google scholarships

This week six college students who exemplify “the new journalist in the digital media age” became the first winners of a new Associated Press-Google scholarship program. Each will receive $20,000 in the coming academic year to fund their work on projects “at the intersection of journalism, computer science and new media.”

Some of the winners are…

  • Emily Eggleston, graduate student, journalism and geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She founded the school’s data-driven journalism group and writes for the school’s hyperlocal site Madison Commons. Project: Producing data-driven stories about Madison.
  • Reginald James, undergraduate student, University of California-Berkeley. This Bay Area multimedia journalist produces the internet radio show The Black Hour and is a contributing editor for the independent news/community site Oakland Local. Project: Launch a mobile-friendly, hyperlocal version of UC Berkeley’s Onyx Express magazine serving the school’s black community.
  • Katie Zhu, undergraduate student, Northwestern University. She develop the mobile site for GOOD, a progressive news site and magazine. Project: to build LedeHub, a tool to apply the software development technique of distributed version control to the processes of journalism.

Read more about all the winners.

Applications for the next round of AP-Google scholarships opens April 30. This program is administered by the Online News Association.

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:

  •, which aggregates live mobile video streams of breaking news events (via networks such as Ustream and TweetCaster) into an easily searchable world map.
  • 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, enables communities to launch a website to ensure that heightened news attention translates into donations, volunteers and more.
  • 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.

June 22, 2012

Mashable contest: How has social media impacted your local community?

June 30 is Social Media Day, an annual celebration from Mashable, a popular tech news site. Today Mashable announced a contest that’s highly relevant to community news outlets that use social media…

“This year we want to dig deep and find out exactly how social media has affected your community,” writes Nina Frazier of Mashable. “Whether it’s using Twitter to break down barriers to your local government or creating new ways to communicate with your neighbors, let us know. We want to hear from you. How has social media impacted your local community?”

If you’ve got a good story to tell, write it up as a comment to Mashable’s contest announcement post. Mashable will select five of the most inspired answers as winners. Each will receive a 4G Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (a $300 value, you’ll need to get your own Verizon plan for it) as well as recognition from Mashable.

Mashable is hosting Social Media Day meetups in nearly 500 cities around the world. You can also host your own—and gain visibility for it by using the hashtag #SMday. Organizer tools available from the Social Media Day webpage.

(Disclosure: I already entered this contest to describe how YouTube videos and other social media turned outrage in Oakland, California over the 2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant into a powerful local movement—and also sparked the founding of OaklandLocal, a community news site and platform I co-founded. But if you come up with a better story, more power to you!)

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

July 25, 2012

Civic Data Challenge: Apply by July 29

The Civic Data Challenge, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, seeks to turn existing data on civic/community issues, health, safety, education, and the economy into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations…

Participants will choose datasets provided by the Challenge, and analyze them in conjunction with at least one additional dataset. They will identify connections and correlations and create visual representations and interactive products to showcase their findings. These may include infographics, apps, animations, videos, or other products.

Learn more and enter now.

Deadline: July 29, 11:59 pm EST on July 29.

On Twitter, follow @CivicData.

Winners will be notified in mid-August and publicly announced at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. (Sept. 14, Philadelphia)

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

Knight News Challenge on Mobile: applications now open

Applications are now open for the third phase of this year’s Knight News Challenge, which focuses on mobile technology…

As with previous phases, the Knight News Challenge on Mobile is a fairly open-ended proposition. Participants must answer eight questions to explain their “idea on using mobile to improve news, information, democracy and communities, and your ability to execute on it.”

This could conceivably span projects that use text messaging, websites or web apps optimized for mobile users, mobile-friendly crowdsourcing, “native” apps tailored for specific mobile operating systems or devices, geolocation, mesh networking, and more.

Learn more and enter now.

DEADLINE: Sept. 10, noon EDT

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

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