Knight Foundation News Challenge 2009

<ed.note>My thoughts are Purple Numbers should be incorporated in news delivery both for communication granularity and more precise readership analytics (apparently advertisers SAY they are concerned about these things). To the Knight Foundation: let me know if you need an address to send the check ;-) </ed.note>

We’re giving away around $5 million in 2009 for
the development and distribution of neighborhood and community-focused
projects, services, and programs.

If you have a great idea 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, we’d like to see it! You have the opportunity to win
funding for your project and support within a vibrant community of
media, tech, and community-oriented people who want to improve the

There are three 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. Serve the public interest.
  3. Benefit one or more specific geographic communities.

Get support for your application before you submit: The brand-new News Challenge Garage
is a coaching and mentoring site for prospective applicants to talk
with mentors and peers, check out previous winners’ applications and
improve your application before you submit.

Applications for the 2008-09 cycle will be taken starting September 2, 2008 and close on November 1, 2008.

NEW: Visit the News Challenge Garage for help preparing your application

NEW: Help promote News Challenge by placing a banner on your site or blog. We’re offering badges for Past WinnersMedia Partnersanyone.