by Walter Frick
Between the MIT Center for Civic Media, the MIT Media Lab and the Harvard Nieman Lab for the Future of Journalism, Cambridge is at the center of the changing media landscape. But today and tomorrow that’s even more true, as MIT plays host to the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. Co-sponsored by the Knight Foundation, and centered around “The Story & the Algorithm,” the conference has brought together the world’s foremost thinkers on the future of media. (Livestream the rest of the conference here.)
In conjunction with the conference, the Knight Foundation has announced the first set of winners for its Knight News Challenge, which funds innovative projects aimed at informing and engaging communities. This year, the Challenge is broken up into three categories, the first of which — networks — was announced today.
The six winners are all building on top of an existing network, and received $1.37 million in total from the Knight Foundation to further their efforts.
“The future of our democracy depends on the quality and reliability of the generally shared information communities receive,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation, in a release. “How that information is received and shared will depend on innovative uses of digital technology that is rapidly evolving. Since we’re just at the beginning of that technological revolution, it is hugely important to support innovators like these, who are pushing the boundaries of our understanding of news and community information.”
The next round of awards will be focused on data, and applications are being accepted until June 21st. The third category is yet to be announced.
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.