This will be of interest to #hyperlocal people in the UK – I fully expect some local sites will produce brilliant election coverage this year combining genuine on the ground presence with smart application of technology. It’s always hard to know with Knight whether they take UK applications seriously – but they have awarded in the UK in the past and confirm that this competition is global (despite continual mention of Americans). And as we have an election coming up there must be fertile ground on this side of the pond. If you haven’t had a go before the open office sessions they run as a sort of google hangout are well worth a shot for clearing up any factual points during the application process. More at the links below and possibly another one for #TAL15 – see if you can get a clump of people together in a consortium maybe?
Email from Knight News >
The Knight News Challenge on Elections is now open for applications, asking people to submit ideas that address the question: How might we better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections? A collaboration between Knight, the Democracy Fund, the Hewlett Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation, the challenge is offering more than $3 million for innovative ideas.
If you have questions about the application, you can join us for virtual office hours or in-person events in cities across the country to learn more about the News Challenge. The schedule, which is regularly updated, can be accessed here.
To enter and for more information, go to newschallenge.org and answer a few questions by March 19. For more information take a look at this press release and blog post. Follow #newschallenge on Twitter for updates and please spread the word through your networks.
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