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Apply for the Knight News Challenge

Our friends at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are trying to figure out what community media looks like in the 21st century. As with so many questions about the future, the best way to predict the future is to invent it. And so the Knight Foundation is funding dozens of innovative media projects through their Knight News Challenge program.

Global Voices won a grant last year from the News Challenge to launch Rising Voices, our effort to fund innovative blogging projects in the developing world working with groups of people who otherwise would be unlikely to be online. Without that support, David Sasaki wouldn’t be working with an amazing array of bloggers in Bolivia, Columbia, India, Bangladesh and Sierra Leone.

If you’ve got an idea for a citizen media project, or if you’re managing a citizen media project and want to help it grow in new directions, you’ve got two weeks to get a proposal done and no excuses not to. Seriously – it’s one of the most straightforward grant application processes you’ll ever encounter, and we know that the project is anxious to expand beyond US-based projects in this year’s round of grants. Help them out by putting in an application.

Got questions? Put them in the comments thread and I’ll try to help you out.