The Knight Foundation made an announcement about its News Challenge today and it made me think a little about the program overall. It’s had a really remarkable run for the past few years; I’m sure tons of other foundations have looked at the News Challenge as a model for 21st-century grant-giving.
Knight would never be this blunt, but I’d love to know which of all the projects so far they think has been most successful; which one delivered best on the aims of the program; which one most engenders high-fives down in Miami.
Here’s my nomination: DocumentCloud. I think it’s easily the most successful News Challenge project in terms of making a deep, durable difference in the world…
And it’s not because of the journalism.
Maybe that kind of impact and influence is hard to quantify—maybe it’s not even very interesting to Knight?—but it’s real.
Any other nominations?