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How Sitegeist used great design to make census data cool

How can a design firm and a non-profit focusing on government transparency come together and make data look cool? The Sunlight Foundation and designers from IDEO teamed up to create Sitegeist, an app using location-based data to help you understand where you are.

The future of news: Mobile, video, data — & crowdsourced

In the first round of its three-part News Challenge, the Knight Foundation has awarded $1.37 million to six startups who are trying to develop video, mobile and crowdsourced solutions to the problem of filtering the vast ocean of news that washes over us every day.

When big data meets journalism

One of the themes running through many of the projects that won this year’s $5-million Knight News Challenge for media startups is the idea that data — and the ability to filter and make sense of it — can be a powerful tool for digital journalism.

Mozilla Tries to Help News Media Figure Out the Web

Traditional media get a lot of flak for not being more forward-thinking about the web. Now the Knight Foundation and Mozilla have joined forces to try and give them some help, by setting up a $2.5-million fellowship that will “embed” developers and programmers in newsrooms.

Online Video Editor, Court Room Live Streams Win Knight Awards

The Knight Foundation announced the winners of its Knight News Challenge today, and the projects taking home some substantial prize money include the collaborative online video editor Stroome, an attempt to bring live video streaming to court rooms and a project utilizing user-generated content from soldiers.