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Knight News Challenge 2012

Our coverage of the three rounds of the 2012 Knight News Challenge, in which journalism innovators seek funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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The Knight Foundation is opening up its contest by changing its rules and shortening the gestation period for ideas. Justin Ellis
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The Knight News Challenge may be shifting gears, but it’s still an important window into where news innovation is taking us.
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The first round of the new challenge is open and the (short) applications call for creativity and conciseness. Justin Ellis
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Six winners share more than $1.3 million in the first post-reboot round of the Knight Foundation’s news-innovation contest. Joshua Benton
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The Knight News Challenge winners are building an open-source framework to simplify mobile data collection and processing.
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The Knight News Challenge winner uses Twitter and Facebook to help newsrooms track their own — and competitors’ — stories.
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Knight News Challenge winner Watchup aggregates videos from YouTube for a new iPad app that lets users customize their own mini-newscasts. Adrienne LaFrance
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Lessons from previous grants and investments have changed Knight’s approach to funding innovation. Justin Ellis
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Tor builds privacy-protecting software, networks, and portable operating systems with journalists in mind.
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The site helps communities assess damage, organize volunteers, and direct donations.
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The new class focuses on a set of tools for journalism and community information. Joshua Benton
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Knight News Challenge funding will help Safecast spearhead data collection in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Detroit.
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The Knight News Challenge winners want to help radio producers archive and organize their raw tape with simple web-based software. Andrew Phelps
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Standardized state-by-state elections database gets a Knight News Challenge boost.
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OpenStreetMap gets its first major investment with a $575,000 Knight News Challenge grant.
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Developers from The Chicago Tribune, WNYC, and The Spokesman-Review will expand Census.IRE.org to include more data. Justin Ellis
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Developed by Code for America fellows, the Knight News Challenge winner allows people to create, collect, and manage data. Justin Ellis
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