At the "Innovation in print" session of the Editors Forum, Eric Newton from the Knight Foundation says the "clock is ticking." The future of print journalism is out there somewhere, and it just might emerge from the many submissions he receives through the Knight Media Challenge.
Over the Challenge's five-year history, the Knight Foundation has reviewed more than 12,000 submissions and funded 76 projects for US$27 million. The winners employ a range of techniques to innovate media and have enhanced the way readers interact with news content.
The project spot.us has made stories reporters once thought were impossible to cover within reach by getting potential readers to cover the costs. For example, Lindsey Hoshaw set out to report on the colossal trash island afloat in the Pacific ocean - a boat trip that would've cost the New York Times $10,000 - with money raised by 100 people in the public.
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.