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Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.


The Knight News Challenge accelerates 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. Innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate.

Winners include leading Internet entrepreneurs, emerging media innovators and legacy newsrooms. DocumentCloud, which helps journalists analyze, annotate and publish original source documents, is being used by more than 200 newsrooms nationwide. Ushahidi has helped map information in crises from Haiti to Japan. hNews, a project by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and the Media Standards Trust, allows readers to see the source of information in online articles. It is used by more than 200 newsrooms such as the Associated Press.

View past winners of the Knight News Challenge.

Questions and comments: contact Chris Sopher at cksopher[at] or on Twitter @cksopher.


Welcome to our new News Challenge platform. After lots of feedback, we've designed a new system (built on openIDEO) aimed at creating a more collaborative, open discussion and process.

The full details are over at our FAQ, but here are some tips on how to use the platform:
  1. Be visual. You can add images and videos to your posts. This helps everyone understand your submission.
  2. Comment on and applaud other people's entries. Our goal is an ongoing, open, positive conversation. Your feedback and ideas help others improve their work. 
  3. Iterate! You can come back as many times as you like to update your entry, building on the comments of other members of the community.


Open Gov challenge image icon by Spencer Cohen, from the Noun Project.



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