Caribbean media invited to apply for New Media grants

Latin Americans Can Apply for Funds to Create New Media Projects

Individuals and organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean can apply for grants to develop innovative media projects as part of a $5 million competition launched by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge will fund projects that use new methods to help citizens expand connections in their communities.

Applications are available on line until Dec. 31. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to apply.

“This initiative is a great opportunity for journalists and non-journalists throughout the Americas who want to create new forms of communication to serve their communities, taking advantage of new technology,” said Rosental Calmon Alves, director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Knight Foundation may spent as much as $25 million in the next five years in its search for innovative news experiments.

“The use of Internet and other digital technologies throughout the hemisphere has grown extremely quickly, and there is a lot of creativity in the Americas to create new projects,” Alves said. “For the many people who have a good idea, this could be the chance to get funding to start the project.”

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was created in August 2002 thanks to a generous donation from the Knight Foundation.

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