Government & Politics

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by Desiree Everts

Seventeen media innovators will have a chance to push their projects from idea to actual demos, thanks to grants of $35,000 each from the Knight Prototype Fund. The Knight Foundation on Tuesday announced the most recent winners of the fund, which accepts applications on a quarterly basis and is one of several moves by Knight [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Anu Sridharan

This post was co-written by NextDrop’s Jessica Tsai and Madhusudhan B. NextDrop, which informs residents in India via cell phone about the availability of piped water, has been fortunate enough to have the full and sincere cooperation of Chandru, one of the best valvemen in Hubli. It’s incredibly helpful to work with someone so willing [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Dan Schultz

Last month, I had the privilege of participating in the Mozilla-Knight Learning Lab. This four-week online lecture series pulled together 60 individuals interested in journalism and technology and got them to sit together watching an array of guest lecturers. The end product from each participant was a project proposal. Since it looks like I’m going [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Joe Spurr

OpenCourt, our Knight Foundation-funded project devised to help make courts more transparent, is facing a legal challenge soon to be heard by a judge in the highest court in Massachusetts. The central issue at stake is a First Amendment question of whether the court can order a news organization to redact material that has been [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Michael Wood-Lewis

Can social-networking sites be used by neighbors to help each other during disasters, as well as with more pedestrian issues the rest of the time? NPR recently covered political scientist Daniel Aldrich’s work looking at how neighbors help each other during disasters. From NPR: Aldrich’s findings show that ambulances and firetrucks and government aid are [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Martin Moore

The smell of public activism wafted across this year’s Knight Civic Media conference at MIT. Mohammed Nanabhay from Al Jazeera English (AJE) spoke about how Al Jazeera covered the Egyptian revolution. Political consultant Chris Faulkner spoke about Tea Party activism; Yesenia Sanchez, an organizer for the P.A.S.O./Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, talked about [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Amanda Hickman

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) announced their medal winners this week, and we were impressed to see that both winners wove DocumentCloud into their winning reporting. Since 1979, IRE has honored outstanding investigative work with their annual awards. This year they honored a Los Angeles Times series on outrageous salaries in one of California’s poorest [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Val Wang

One of the first questions people ask when I tell them about our project, Order in the Court 2.0, to live-stream court proceedings is, “Is there a way to turn the camera off?” They must imagine a camera bolted to the wall, gobbling up images of domestic violence victims and child sex offenders with no [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Amanda Hickman

Spot.Us founder David Cohn has convened a virtual carnival: He’s posing monthly questions that he’d like to see journalists take a stab at answering. The latest: how do we diversify the news ecosystem? He put it differently — “Considering your unique circumstances, what steps can be taken to increase the number of news sources?” — [...] more »

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