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We just finished selecting the 52 proposals that will go to the next round of the Knight News Challenge on networks. (You can see 49 of them listed below; two were closed entries and we don’t have permission from the applicant to share.)
Included in this 52 are the five applications that generated the most chatter on Tumblr: Amauta; Cont3nt, the Unconsumption Project, MediaReputations.com and PreScouter.
This week, 19 experts are reading and voting on those final 52 in preparation for an all-day gathering at our office on Friday. Our goal is to leave that meeting with 10-15 projects that we will explore even more deeply over the next couple of weeks. We expect to bring 4-6 of those for consideration by Knight Foundation trustees in mid-June, and publicly announce the winners at MIT on June 18.
Later today, consultant Ryan Jacoby will have a summary of the trends he saw in reviewing all of the 1,078 applications we received. I’ll just add that the review process was a difficult one - we’ve had to decline a lot of promising ideas. Each application was read three times, many were read more. However, I am excited about this final batch and confident that we’re going to end up with some exciting projects.
I want to say thanks to all who applied, as well as to the extraordinary group of people who reviewed the review of the entries with us:
Joaquin Alvarado Brian Boyer, Steve Buttry, Blaine Cook, Amanda Cox, Jake Dobkin, Kate Gardiner, Josh Greenberg, Julie Moos, Catherine Orr, Julie Shapiro, Hari Sreenivasan, Kio Stark, Elena Rue, Kristen Titus, Sarah Rich, Jeremy Mims, Tim Hwang, Eric Rodenbeck; Andrew Golis, Amanda Lenhart, Ryan Jacoby, Max Ogden and Benjamen Walker.
Here’s who is moving forward in the challenge: