The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has launched a new competition that will award as much as $5 million in its first year in community news projects that best use the digital world to connect people to the real world.
The Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge is looking to fund new ideas, prototypes, products and leadership initiatives that use innovative news methods to help citizens better connect within their communities.
The competition is open to anyone, not just the journalism community.
If the quality of entries warrant it, the foundation may spend as much as $25 million during the next five years in the search for bold community news experiments.
“We’d like to encourage the newest ways for people to pursue a great American tradition: the fair, accurate, contextual search for the truth,” said Eric Newton, Knight’s director of Journalism Initiatives. “We want to help the citizens of this new century get the news they need to run their governments and their lives.’
The Challenge web site, with an online application form, is at www.newschallenge.org. The competition will accept applications through Dec. 31, and expects to begin announcing winners in the spring of 2007.
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