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Knight Foundation announces winners of News Challenge
$3.2M awarded for better ideas to inform voters, civic participation

Earlier this year, the election world was atwitter with the announcement of the Knight News Challenge — a challenge that sought projects designed to better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections.

The prize? More than $3 million in funding to make the projects come to life and hopefully encourage greater participation in the process by a more informed public.

This week, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the 22 winning projects that will split the $3.2 million. Ten of the winners will receive investments of $200,000 to $525,000 each while 12 early-stage ideas will receive $35,000 through the Knight Prototype Fund.

The Challenge is a collaboration between Knight, the Democracy Fund [which also funds electionline.org], the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation. The Democracy Fund and Hewlett Foundation each contributed $250,000 to the challenge and the Rita Allen Foundation contributed $150,000.

According to John Bracken, Knight Foundation vice president for media innovation, the challenge received just over 1,000 entries. Read More…

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