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Mayur Patel & John S. Bracken

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    Above, Michael Maness outlines what the journalism and media innovation team is up to at Knight Foundation and how its evolving strategy is helping to promote informed and engaged communities. In early 2013, Maness also talked with Nieman Lab about Knight's priorities and how to ensure impact. The podcast is available online. The presentation includes:  a review of investment by focus area; how the foundation is moving from solely funding projects to financing, facilitating and futurizing; an overview of the journalism/media innovation grant amount ranges, including number of grants, the potential for risk or failure and impact areas; and a look at how to build a systemic innovation network. A version of this slide show was originally presented at the 2012 Online News Association conference in San Francisco prior to the announcement of the Knight News Challenge: Data winners.
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    Today we’re excited to announce the Knight Prototype Fund, which will help entrepreneurs, journalists and tinkerers of all kinds build and test new ideas that push media forward. Prototype grants will offer $50,000 or less of funding over a shorter time cycle than our normal grants. The cost and time requirements of quickly testing projects—particularly digital ones—continues to fall, and we’re working to adapt our grantmaking to the speed of that innovation. The prototype fund is a key component of that work. We’ll have several dozen prototype projects active at once, and we’ll work closely with each project to measure its progress. As successful projects emerge, we’ll help them find the next stage of financial and programmatic support they need to scale. The scope of the fund is broad, and we’re interested in applications from anyone and everyone with an idea in journalism and media innovation. The Knight Prototype Fund application can be found online (updated link 6/28/12).