Deadline approaching for the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge program

In May 2007, I was selected to be among the first winners of the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge program. The money we received was used to create The Next Newsroom Project. It’s been an invaluable experience on so many levels.

So I want to urge anyone out there with an idea, a notion, a concept, whatever, to hurry up and apply for the next round. The deadline is November 1, 2008. That’s the last day you can submit an application to the Knight News Challenge and have a chance to win part of an annual $5MM grant cycle that supports online news, digital media, discourse and engagement in local geographic communities.

Knight is giving away around $5 million in 2009 for the development and distribution of neighborhood and community-focused projects, services, and programs—but you have to apply to be considered, and the deadline is November 1, 2008.

If you have a great idea for a digital news and information project that will improve local online news, deepen community engagement, bring Web 2.0 tools to local neighborhoods, develop publishing platforms and standards to support local conversations or innovate how we visualize, experience or interact with information, Knight wants to see it.

Remember, there are just four rules to follow to apply to the 2008-09 Knight News Challenge:
1. Use or create digital, open-source technology as the code base.
2. Use news and information to serve the public interest.
3. Benefit one or more specific geographic communities.
4. Be innovative.

Visit newschallenge.org for more information and how to apply.

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