Knight News Challenge Adds Four Categories, Will Begin Accepting Entries Oct. 25

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced that it will begin accepting entries Oct. 25 for its fifth annual Knight News Challenge, which added four experimental categories: mobile, authenticity, sustainability, and community.

The deadline for entries is Dec. 1, and the contest is open to individuals, schools, nonprofits, governments, and businesses. Winners will be announced in June at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Knight Foundation said in a release:

The Knight News Challenge seeks innovative techniques and technologies that advance the foundation’s goal of informing and engaging communities. In its first four years, $23 million has been awarded to 56 media innovators chosen from more than 10,000 entries.

Director of digital media John S. Bracken added:

The use of new categories is an effort to harness and accelerate the entrepreneurial energy we are seeing in the field. We have incorporated what we have learned over the first four years of the News Challenge to focus this year on four key issues.