Knight Foundation's News Challenge: What Project Would You Like to See About Vancouver?
Last night I attended a presentation by Susan Mernit (Twitter) about the Knight News Challenge, an initiative by th' Knight Foundation t' promote democracy an' discourse through innovative digital (an' social) media projects, Ya swabbie, All Hands Hoay! My notes on th' presentation, which I first heard of through my employer, comprise only th' 4 elements that th' screeners look fer in filterin' out th' good proposals fer grant consideration:
- it must be innovative, groundbreakin' or new in some way. Aarrr! Not goin' t' just do community journalism based on blog software. And swab the deck! Failure is an option: Knight thinks that if half th' projects dern't fail, they're not tryin' hard enough.
- it must be an open source project, not just code, but th' lessons an' value o' project have t' be scalable an' replicable, we'll keel-haul ye! You can commercialize th' project, but somethin' needs t' be documented an' exportable.
- it must serve th' public interest, we'll keel-haul ye, me Jolly Roger Newspapers dyin' because o' th' web, but also because o' corporitization. Knight intends t' promote democratic discourse through th' program. The project needs t' make scallywags more informed citizens.
- it must serve a specific geographic community. It can be a test-bed fer a wider project, but th' test-bed must happen in a real place, with th' possibility o' exportin' t' other places.