- Date Awarded
- Grant Period
- 07/01/09 to 12/31/10
- Focus Area
- Journalism & Media Innovation
- Knight News Challenge
- San Francisco, CA
To develop new, open source software allowing commuters using a new light rail route in downtown Phoenix to get news and information
The city of Phoenix debuted a new light rail transit system last winter, changing the physical and social fabric of the city. Now The Daily Phoenix (aka The Zonie Report) will use print, web and mobile technology to cater to these new commuters, offering news and information, games, social networking features and promotions.
Daily Phoenix will deliver relevant community information on a “stop-by-stop” basis, creating and distributing the open-source tools to interact and access this information via mobile devices or the web. Users will be able to access this anywhere, on or off rail. By using a combination of hyper-local news, games, profiles, networking features and local business promotions, this project will allow citizens to connect and engage with an entirely new, and growing, community.