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Ready to Change the Web? Applications for Knight News Challenge Open Today

knight featured imageDo you have a good idea about how to protect the open web? Strengthen it? Improve on it? The Knight Foundation, in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and Mozilla, is offering $2.75 million in prizes to projects that speak to “strengthening the internet for free expression and innovation” and invites applicants to focus on “journalism, policy, research, and education.”

The contest is open to everyone: non-profits, for-profits, individuals, students. You can find out more here. There’s a virtual meeting on March 4 at 1p.m. ET, which you can access here. There’s also the ‘Open IDEO-powered newschallenge.org platform that “facilitates conversations across projects and allows applicants to refine their ideas based on user comments and suggestions,” according to the press release. In mid-April, semi-finalists will be chosen to move forward in the contest.

Don’t procrastinate, though. The deadline is March 18 at 5 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced in June at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference.

If you want to get an idea of how to frame and scale your project, the last round of News Challenge winners were announced in January for projects focused on health.

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How Would You Visually Tell The Story Of News Consumption On Mobile Devices?

Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) has released a report in collaboration with The Economist Group that looks at news consumption on mobile devices. The comprehensive study looks at the activities of 9,513 adults on tablets and smart phones, and their feelings about advertisements and paying for news.  Though PEJ has already created its own infographic, they’re asking the public to come up with something better. Read more

Crash This Headline? MSN Twitter Contest Tests User-Generated Headlines

If you’ve ever read a news story and found yourself imagining a more creative headline, now’s your chance to bust out those puns and polish off those wordplays to share your wordsmith skills with the world.

Social news aggregator msnNOW, which launched in February to track stories trending on social media and search engines, has started a Twitter contest that runs through Friday (March 23) to see who among its followers can crash its headlines with something more colorful and creative.

Today’s story has an original headline: “Mom sues teacher for stealing her son’s lunch money.” There’s still time to put in your bid for today’s headline champ.
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Knight News Challenge Applications (Almost) Due

While some journalists will be celebrating spring (and pseudo-Irish heritage) with green beers this weekend, others with an eye on the future and a big idea will have to postpone revelry until they finish polishing off their Knight News Challenge applications due Saturday.

This annual contest culls the next great (or potentially great) idea that will use existing platforms to produce and present news in new useful ways. This year’s theme is “networks,” though the definition of that has been somewhat broadly defined. The winners will share part of the $5 million pot put up by the Knight Foundation to support journalistic digital innovation. To get an idea of (or derive inspiration from) what’s won in the past, read about the 2011 winners.

The deadline for the first round of the contest is Saturday, March 17, and finalists will be named by April 2. Which gives you a few short days to answer the seven short questions on the submission page. The basic questions cover your project cost and scope, as well as the basics of how it would work and why it’s needed. (Take heart, if this deadline approached too soon, you can enter a later round.)

As 10,000 Words previously discussed, the KNC is accepting entries via Tumblr this year. So, although winners won’t be announced until June, you can check out some of the dozens of applications already submitted to get an idea for the breadth of ideas (and in some cases similarity of ideas) among this year’s entrants. In fact, the Knight Foundation made it clear they want to see some discussion about these ideas on the tumblr and online, so even if you don’t have an idea for this round, why not pop over and enter some feedback on the ideas that you love (or don’t) to help those projects gain some favor.

Knight News Challenge Accepting Entries Via Tumblr

Entries for the first of three 2012 Knight News Challenges opened on Monday, with a twist: This year’s application form is being hosted on Tumblr.

The theme of this challenge, with $5 million total in grant money, is networks. In this context, that means:

Witness the roles of networks in the formation, coverage and discussion of recent events such as the rise of the Tea Party, flash mobs, the Arab Spring, last summer’s UK riots and the Occupy movement. We’re looking for ideas that build on the rise of these existing network events and tools – that deliver news and information and extend our understanding of the phenomenon.

The Tumblr will be used for others to offer support, and critiques, for the entries. The entrance form is simplified this year, asking only 7 questions (and requiring succinct answers), ranging from “What do you propose to do?” (20 words maximum) to “How would you sustain the project after the funding expires?” (50 words maximum).

Entries appear on the homepage of the Tumblr. Within hours of the Tumblr going live, 14 entries were already posted and displayed prominently on the homepage, underscoring the popularity of the News Challenge.

The News Challenge is a major source of grant money for journalism-related projects. Last year, prizes ranged from $10,000 to $1 million. The average prize was $294,000. Past winners include Document Cloud and ScraperWiki.

In keeping with their use of social media this year, the challenge’s organizers will host a Google+ hangout tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. ET to answer any questions.

Applications will be accepted until March 17.

Below is a video that explains more about the Knight News Challenge.

Knight News Challenge 2012 from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

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