Knight Foundation announces winners of mobile news challenge
January 21, 2013
The Knight Foundation recently announced the eight winners of its Knight News Challenge: Mobile, each of which will earn a portion of the $2.4 million award. The foundation challenged projects to develop ways to engage and inform communities by leveraging mobile technology.
This was one of three programs the organization launched this year to support media innovators that were using new platforms to make news applicable and available in the digital age. The first two aimed to accelerate projects using networks and data to benefit communities.
Some of the eight winners include Witness, a mobile application that puts time and location stamps on videos and photos taken with smartphones to help media outlets authenticate submitted content. Others include Digital Democracy, RootIO, Abayima, Textizen, TKOH and Cafedirect Producers' Foundation.
"In 2013 the number ofinternet-enabled mobile devices is expected to be greater than the number of computers for the first time. These eight Knight News Challenge projects, and the innovators behind them, are helping to stretch the ways people around the world are engaging with information and using it to shape their communities," said Michael Maness, vice president for journalism and media innovation at the Knight Foundation.
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