Knight News Challenge

The first Knight News Challenge of 2014 just awarded support to 19 projects that strengthen the Internet. Find out more in the press release and blog post.


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 advisors to help advance their ideas.Innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate. Previously run once a year, in 2012 the challenge ran three times, to more closely mirror the pace of innovation. Each round had its own theme.

The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Since 2007 Knight Foundation has reviewed more than 10,000 News Challenge applications and provided more than $37 million in funding to 111 projects.

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 2013 winners for Open Gov and Health, and the 2012 News Challenge winners for NetworksData and Mobile.