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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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Justin Ellis    February 9, 2012
The Knight Foundation is opening up its contest by changing its rules and shortening the gestation period for ideas.
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Seth C. Lewis    February 10, 2012
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.
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Joshua Benton    June 18, 2012
Six winners share more than $1.3 million in the first post-reboot round of the Knight Foundation’s news-innovation contest.
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Andrew Phelps    June 18, 2012
The Knight News Challenge winners are building an open-source framework to simplify mobile data collection and processing.
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Justin Ellis    June 19, 2012
The Knight News Challenge winner uses Twitter and Facebook to help newsrooms track their own — and competitors’ — stories.
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Adrienne LaFrance    June 19, 2012
Knight News Challenge winner Watchup aggregates videos from YouTube for a new iPad app that lets users customize their own mini-newscasts.
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Justin Ellis    June 19, 2012
Lessons from previous grants and investments have changed Knight’s approach to funding innovation.
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Adrienne LaFrance    June 19, 2012
Tor builds privacy-protecting software, networks, and portable operating systems with journalists in mind.
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Justin Ellis    June 20, 2012
The site helps communities assess damage, organize volunteers, and direct donations.
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Joshua Benton    September 20, 2012
The new class focuses on a set of tools for journalism and community information.
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Adrienne LaFrance    September 21, 2012
Knight News Challenge funding will help Safecast spearhead data collection in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Detroit.
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Andrew Phelps    September 24, 2012
The Knight News Challenge winners want to help radio producers archive and organize their raw tape with simple web-based software.
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Adrienne LaFrance    September 26, 2012
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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Justin Ellis    October 3, 2012
Developers from The Chicago Tribune, WNYC, and The Spokesman-Review will expand Census.IRE.org to include more data.
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Justin Ellis    October 4, 2012
Developed by Code for America fellows, the Knight News Challenge winner allows people to create, collect, and manage data.