Browse Knight-Funded Ideas

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OpenStreetMap Plugin for Open Data Kit

To allow easier collection of open geographic data, even in places with connectivity issues, by combining Open Data Kit’s data collection with OpenStreetMap’s data community.

Patients Assemble

To help people with chronic illnesses interact with policymakers through open-source collaborative tools that will allow users to provide feedback and shape issues that are important to them.

Pilot for School

To develop a digital system that aligns current and archived content from The Virginian-Pilot with Virginia's Standards of Learning to complement K-12 instruction.

Talk Box

To involve the community in news stories by repurposing phone booths in specific neighborhoods that will provide residents with a direct, two-way line to the New York Public Radio newsroom; a “Talkbox” can help with engaging new audiences or to get information in a neighborhood where a reporting project is taking place.

The Last Graph

To building a tool that empowers audiences to engage with the subject of the news. With the tool, audiences literally change the narrative by taking part in relevant, journalist-curated actions, which are captured in a feedback loop.


To automate the discovery of story leads from public records by scraping, ingesting and aggregating data, and analyzing it for patterns and anomalies. 

Channel X Online Marketplace

To develop functions and services specific to news content at Channel X, an online marketplace that helps public TV and radio broadcasters discover, buy and license content aimed at a young and diverse audience.

Short-form Frontline

To support WGBH develop and test a short-form digital Frontline series to engage a new audience of millennials with quality journalism.


To launch the WBUR BizLab, a free-standing team to experiment with new revenue strategies to increase WBUR's future sustainability and share findings with the public media community.

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