That's the challenge recently issued by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It's called the Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge, and it's a worldwide call for new ideas, pilot projects, commercial products and leadership initiatives that will improve the flow of information and news in the public interest.
To back up its challenge, the foundation is putting its money where its mouth is...in 2007, it plans to award $5 million to those individuals, organizations or businesses that can show how their ideas will transform community life.
Interested? The deadline for applying and submitting a letter of inquiry is Dec. 31, 2006.
The categories for this initiative are:
- Pilot project
- Commercial products and investments
- Open (for great ideas that don't seem to fit in the other categories)
- New ways to understand news and act on it, including new ways to collect, prepare and distribute information, news and journalism that reveals hard-to-know facts, identifies common problems, clarifies community issues and points out practical courses of action.
- New ways for people to communicate interactively to better understand one another, to generate real passion in solving local problems and to share the know-how they need to improve their communities;
- New ways for people to use information, news and journalism to imagine their collective possibilities as communities, and to set and reach common community goals.
Questions? Check out their FAQ page. Think you've got the next big idea? Here's how to apply.