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About our Knight News Challenge strategy

The first Knight News Challenge of 2014 will focus on the question: “How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?” 

On Jan. 14, 2014, seven projects that harness data and information for the health of communities receive more than $2 million as Knight News Challenge: Health winners

The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding the best breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding - and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisers to help advance their ideas. Innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate. 

The News Challenge is part of Knight Foundation’s $100 million-plus Media Innovation Initiative, which seeks new ways to meet community information needs in the digital age. Over its first five years, Knight Foundation reviewed more than 12,000 News Challenge applications and funded 76 projects for $27 million.

Winners include leading Internet entrepreneurs, emerging media innovators and legacy newsrooms. DocumentCloud, which helps journalists analyze, annotate and publish original source documents, is being used by more than 200 newsrooms nationwide. Ushahidi has helped map information in crises from Haiti to Japan. hNews, a project by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and the Media Standards Trust, allows readers to see the source of information in online articles. It is used by more than 200 newsrooms such as the Associated Press.

What’s your breakthrough innovation? Learn more and apply today.

Find out more about the finalists for Knight News Challenge: Health, the eight projects named winners of  Knight News Challenge: Open Gov and the 2012 News Challenge winners for NetworksData and Mobile.

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