Yolynne Medina yolynne at gmail.com
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Digital Innovators: Two Weeks Left to Grab Up to $5 Million October 15, 2008
- 1:09pmKnight News Challenge contest open to anyone anywhere. Applications
due Nov. 1

*Knight News Challenge contest open to anyone anywhere. Applications due
Nov. 1*

MIAMI – Innovators from around the globe have two more weeks to submit an
application to the 2009 Knight News Challenge digital innovation contest.
Applicants have a chance to win up to $5 million. The deadline is Nov. 1.

The worldwide competition seeks innovative ideas that use digital
experiments to transform community news and information exchange. Ideas
should push the edge, whether that involves bringing Web 2.0 tools to local
neighborhoods, improving online news or creating publishing platforms to
inspire conversations in specific geographic communities.

 There are only four rules. Winning entries must:

   1. Use or create digital, open-source technology;
   2. Use news and information to serve the public interest;
   3. Benefit at least one specific geographic community;
   4. Be innovative.

This is the third year of the News Challenge, a $25 million initiative of
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For the first time, the contest
offers more than 50 coaches standing by online in the "News Challenge
Garage" at www.garage.newschallenge.org to help innovators apply.

Last year's winners received prizes ranging from $15,000 to $876,000. They
included individuals, philanthropic organizations and for-profit businesses,
such as the *Bakersfield Californian* newspaper. Ten winners were from the
United States, and six were from Canada, England, Lithuania, South Africa,
Zimbabwe and Russia.

To apply, or find detailed information about past winners and answers to
frequently asked questions, visit www.newschallenge.org.

*The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invests in journalism excellence
worldwide and in the vitality of  U.S. communities where the Knight brothers
owned newspapers. Since 1950, the foundation has granted more than $400
million to advance quality journalism and freedom of expression. Knight
Foundation focuses on projects with the potential to create transformational
change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org. *


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