Knight News Challenge Media Innovation Contest

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

If you have an innovative media technology idea, the Knight News Challenge contest is again underway where the ‘winners’ can receive funding towards their projects.

Run by the Knight Foundation, the grant competition awards up to $5 million annually for innovative projects that use digital technology to transform the way communities send, receive and make use of news and information.

This year’s application deadline is December 1. The News Challenge is looking for applications in four categories: mobile, authenticity, sustainability and community. All projects must make use of digital technology to distribute news in the public interest.

The contest is open to anyone in the world.

A simple description of the project is all you need to apply. Submit a brief pitch to If the reviewers like it, you’ll be asked to submit a full proposal later.

Application and other information can be found at

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