John McCann

Create the new “news”

In Citizen Journalism, Content workers on September 27, 2006 at 11:47 pm

I just saw a post on the Knight Foundation blog about a new program that provides funds for folks who want to create the next-generation news:

“The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today launches the Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge, investing as much as $5 million in its first year in community news projects that best use the digital world to connect people to the real world. The News Challenge is looking to fund new ideas, prototypes, products and leadership initiatives that use innovative news methods to help citizens better connect within their communities. The competition is open to anyone, not just the journalism community.“News and information are the glue that binds communities. We want to help today’s high-tech news do in the 21st century what the Knight brothers’ newspapers did this past century,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation. “Through their newspapers, the Knight brothers helped build a sense of community in cities and towns across the country. They did it by providing news, information and commentary that helped citizens understand their common interests and opportunities. The Knight brothers helped define the geography where people lived. We want to continue that tradition using new media to do what the brothers used to do with ink on paper,” said Ibargüen.If the quality of entries warrant it, the foundation may spend as much as $25 million during the next five years in the search for bold community news experiments.”

Now that’s quite an invitation to all of us who may have an interest in participating in the new age of news.


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