Browse Knight-Funded Ideas

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Future of News initiative

To support the MIT Media Lab's effort to bridge the gap between civic engagement and news so that journalists can better engage audiences

Check Out the Internet

To bridge the digital divide by allowing New York residents with limited broadband access to borrow portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices for up to a year.


To safeguard mobile text communication though a simple, secure messaging application that requires no special knowledge from the user.

Online Community Platform

To support a joint project by Mozilla, The New York Times and The Washington Post to build a user-generated content and commenting platform that empowers users and creates a community, a platform that will be open and usable by news organizations anywhere.

Journalism After Snowden

To support a survey and a series of public events around the role of journalists in an age of surveillance and promote First Amendment freedoms.

Rebuild Foundation

To support a partnership of the University of Chicago and the Rebuild Foundation that will create a national platform for propagating a groundbreaking model that uses imagination and culture-driven community engagement to transform and revitalize disinvested communities in Knight communities and other cities.

Spark Tracks

To grow Spark Camp's themed tracks, turning relationships developed at the event into sustained partnerships for innovation in journalism and technology.

Media Innovation Track

To pilot the Media Innovation Track, a graduate track to train mid-career journalists to apply design, data and technology skills to journalism.


To pilot the PRX Podcast Network (Radiotopia), a program to develop new public radio programming with Internet distribution and fundraising model.

Project for Lean Urbanism

To establish and support the 'Project for Lean Urbanism,' a three-year effort that will devise tools and techniques to make it easier, cheaper and faster for citizens to engage in shaping their own communities.

Bilingual News Reporting for the Northwest

To share stories across diverse communities, Northwest Public Radio (NWPR) will partner with a Spanish-language radio station to create and share reports that both stations will broadcast and disseminate across a variety of platforms

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