Media News - Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Knight Foundation has announced the winners of round one of its Knight News Challenge, reported Mediabistro. Nearly USD 1.4m in grants will fund six media innovation projects focused on networks, according to the Knight Foundation. Winners were revealed Monday during the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reported the Boston Globe. According to GigaOM, the winning projects are "trying to develop video, mobile and crowdsourced solutions to the problem of filtering the vast ocean of news that washes over us every day." The winners are Peepol.tv, which will aggregate live video of breaking news into a searchable map; Recovers.org, to help communities struck by disaster to create websites to attract media attention, volunteers, donations, etc.; Signalnoi.se, which lets newsrooms track which stories users are reading via social media and competitor sites; Watchup, an iPad app for aggregating videos of breaking news; Behavio, an "open-source platform that turns phones into smart sensors of people’s real world behavior;" and Tor Project, which focuses on creating ways for journalists to safely and anonymously communicate with sources. This year the Knight Foundation is offering three rounds of the News Challenge, instead of just one, in order to better keep pace with innovation. (Knight Center)
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