If you haven't heard (or applied) be sure to check out the 2011 Knight News Challenge. It's an opportunity to pursue $5 million in funding for your idea that addresses one or more of the following topics as it relates to news:
Projects that use mobile devices to produce, deliver, consume, share and otherwise engage with news. The category reflects the fact that the mobile phone, with 5 billion units in use, has become an important tool for news.
Projects that help people better understand the reliability of news and information sources. They are hoping to identify promising ideas for helping citizens negotiate the chaotic media world. How can we help news users better evaluate the validity and trustworthiness of news and information? How can we better filter and assess the credibility of what we read and watch?
Considers new economic models supporting news and information. New ways of conducting and consuming journalism may require new ways of paying for it. We're open to ideas for generating revenue as well as ways to reduce costs.
Groundbreaking technologies that support news and information specifically within defined geographic areas. This is designed to jump-start work on technologies and approaches that haven't arrived yet. Unlike the first three categories, submissions in this area must be tested in a geographically designated community.
So, Hurry Up!
The deadline for application is fast approaching - Wednesday, December 1, 2010 so be sure to submit your idea today. You can apply directly here:
Metal Toad Media has applied for funding to help democratize mobile content delivery using Drupal as an intelligent back-end. We'll let you know when you can see a write up of our idea and see the blog post that helped to germinate the idea. Even if you don't apply, be sure to vote.