Knight Community Information Challenge Winners Announced

The Miami-based has announced grants totaling $4.3 million to support twenty-four innovative projects designed to ensure that communities across the nation are informed and engaged.

The grants, ranging from $62,000 to $352,000, were awarded through the , a five-year, $11 million initiative that aims to help community and place-based foundations support creative uses of new media and technology to keep communities engaged. Winning projects include a study of the Chicago area's changing media landscape — and funding journalism innovators to fill emerging information voids; creating information campaigns to spread the word about pressing issues, including how to end gun violence in New York City and how to improve early childhood education in Boulder, Colorado; and funding journalists and online news sites in Wyoming, Arkansas, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Florida working to produce news in the public interest.

Grantees included the , which received a Community Information Challenge award for the second time, enabling it to expand its program. The trust also will use the grant to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the region's information infrastructure and convene a conference on the topic.

"The trust, like other community foundations, is acutely aware of the changing media landscape in our communities. We recognize that access to information is essential for the quality of life and democracy of those we serve," said CCT president and CEO Terry Mazany. "We applaud [the] Knight Foundation for motivating community foundations across the nation to become real laboratories invested in the development of the future of community news and information."

For a complete , visit the Knight Foundation Web site.

"." John S. and James L Knight Foundation Press Release 01/12/2010.