[Library Media] Fwd: [pubprgms] Knight Foundation Seeks Library Ideas in News Challenge

Donna Morris dmorris at utah.gov
Thu Sep 11 17:38:27 MDT 2014

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From: Sarah Ostman <sostman at ala.org>
Date: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 2:09 PM
Subject: [pubprgms] Knight Foundation Seeks Library Ideas in News Challenge
To: "pubprgms at ala.org" <pubprgms at ala.org>

Hi all,

The Knight Foundation will start accepting submissions this week for its 12
th News Challenge competition. They are seeking ideas for how libraries can
leverage technology to benefit their communities. Selected projects will
split $2.5 million in funding.

The competition is now in the “inspiration” phase, with people posting
ideas online. It’s a good place to start brainstorming:

See below or visit www.newschallenge.org for more information.



How can libraries leverage technology to make our communities smarter and

The Knight Foundation asks that question in its 12th News Challenge
<https://www.newschallenge.org/>, a competition that seeks to accelerate
media innovation by funding breakthroughs in news and information.

The best ideas will be brought to life with a share of $2.5 million in

“We’re hoping to hear ideas for leveraging the assets that libraries have
built: physical spaces open to anyone; professional staff trained in how to
seek, retrieve and share information; and a legacy of aiding new readers,
new entrepreneurs and new Americans,” the Knight Foundation’s John
Bracken blogged
last week
“In a digital age we see libraries—public, university, archival, virtual—as
key for improving Americans’ ability to know about and to be involved with
what akes place around them.”

The competition is open to innovators from all industries. In addition to
the funding, winners will receive support from Knight’s network of advisors.

The challenge is currently in its initial “Inspiration” phase, during which
people post ideas and solicit peer feedback via an online platform.(Check
out ideas here.)
<https://newschallenge.org/challenge/libraries/inspiration/> The submission
period officially opens Thursday, Sept. 10, and will close Sept. 30.

The Knight Foundation and its advisors will then review submissions and
select a group of semifinalists to refine their original proposals. Winners
will be announced in January 2015.

The library-centered News Challenge builds upon the last challenge, which
sought ideas to strengthen the Internet. In June, the Knight Foundation
funded 19 of those projects
 with $3.47 million.

For more information, visit www.newschallenge.org.


Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

Public Programs Office

American Library Association

(312) 280-5061

www.ProgrammingLibrarian.org <http://www.ala.org/publicprograms>

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