Knight News Challenge Grant winners

This post is bittersweet. I’m too tired to say more. George, Gloria, Tim, Roger and all other MTB supporters, participants, users: we’ll do it sometime, I know it. And, imagine: what if we didn’t have MTB and its records? I know I can’t.

NB: “out-of-the-box community publishing solutions” won something. Ever punch a pillow?

2nd NB: Next deadline: Applications for the next Knight News Challenge round can be submitted at starting July 1, with the application deadline Oct. 15.

From Editor & Publisher:

MIT, MTV, and various bloggers are among the first-year winners of the Knight News Challenge announced today at the Editor & Publisher/Mediaweek Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show in Miami.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded the contest with $25 million over five years to help journalism continue moving into a digital future. The initial winners — chosen from among 1,650 applicants — will receive $12 million, including several multi-year awards.

Awarded the biggest grant ($5 million) was the Media Lab and Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The money will be used to create a Center for Future Civic Media to develop, test, and study new forms of high-tech community news.

Other grants that were given included:

— $1.1 million to journalist/Web developer Adrian Holovaty, 26, creator of, to create a series of city-specific Web sites devoted to public records and hyper-local information. Among the cities getting the sites will be Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Jose, and Charlotte.

— $885,000 to VillageSoup in Maine to build free software to allow others to replicate the citizen journalism and community participation site VillageSoup.

— $700,000 to MTV to establish a Knight Mobile Youth Journalist (Knight “MyJos”) in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to report weekly — on cell phones and other media — during the 2008 presidential election.

— $639,000 to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism for nine full journalism scholarships for students who have undergraduate degrees in computer science.

— $552,000 to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University for an “incubator” in which students will learn how to create and launch digital media products.

Eleven other grants of between $25,000 and $340,000 were awarded. Also, nine bloggers will each get $15,000 to blog about topics ranging from GPS tracking devices to “out-of-the-box” community publishing solutions.

4 thoughts on “Knight News Challenge Grant winners

  1. These are all names well known in the industry, and all quite deserving of winning, with the absurd exception of MTV. Somebody must have been asleep at the wheel on that one.

  2. Shalom Jill,Is it just me, or does the fact that they don’t bother list the nine bloggers strike you as more than a little odd?B’shalom,Jeff

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