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5 Reasons Why You Should Submit Something To The Knight News Challenge On Mobile

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

The Knight News Challenge has release its third and final round, focusing on mobile.  For those new to the challenge, it was created “to accelerate media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas,” according to its website.

I first heard about the challenge in June 2010, when NABJ member and ASU professor Retha Hill won a grant for her CitySeed application.  My blog post on that is here; Hill also explains CitySeed in this YouTube video.

This Knight Challenge has $5 million to give away.  All you have to do is answer eight questions by Sept. 10 about “using mobile to improve news, information, democracy and communities, and your ability to execute on it.”  So here are my five reasons why you should apply.

  1. It’s important that journalists of color get known in these communities that are helping to drive the future of news distribution.
  2. Duh – it’s your share of $5 million, which can help fund your dream idea.
  3. An explosive growth in smartphones has also fueled growth in news-related apps so why shouldn’t you get a piece of the pie with your idea?
  4. How cool would it be to develop the next killer news app?
  5. What do you have to lose — and how much could you gain if you win?


Home of the National Association of Black Journalists's (NABJ's) Digital Journalism Task Force

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