Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Knight Foundation's "news challenge"

At the most recent meeting of the Communications Network in Philanthropy, we learned about an innovative online "news challenge" being issued by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The foundation will award $5 million in 2007 for online news projects that "Turn the web on its head [and] Show us how online news can help people improve their lives and shape their communities." Funding may go to "new ideas, pilot projects, commercial products and leadership initiatives that will improve the flow of information and news in the public interest." Individuals, organizations and even businesses may apply by December 31. The catch: You must show how your idea will transform community life. It's rare for private foundations to extend this type of offer to entrepreneurs and individuals as well as nonprofit organizations, in our experience. If you're going to take the challenge, do read the useful website to learn about the relevant categories and to find out what they don't want to see, to improve your chances.

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