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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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A Reporter’s View On The News Industry’s Broken Commenting System

News comments are broken. It was a popular topic of last night’s Hacks/Hackers Seattle meetup and the driving notion behind one of the Knight-Mozilla News Challenge, which asks, “How can we reinvent online news discussions?“. Alex Schmidt, a freelance reporter and producer working for NPR, Spot.Us and other outlets, has dealt with broken commenting first-hand, in a way that has negatively impacted her chances at future reporting for certain communities. This guest piece from her outlines some of those experiences and how they’ve affected the work she does.

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