The has announced a $4 million grant to in support of its efforts to connect technologists with newsrooms, create new storytelling tools, and cultivate cultural change in the field of journalism.
The grant will support a number of initiatives in 2014, including a series of "code convenings" that bring together news developers and open-source contributors to collaborate on shared projects. OpenNews also will enhance its platform with more coverage and case studies, and will provide training and journalism-related code development events organized by its growing global alumni network.
Launched by in 2010 and supported by Knight since 2011, OpenNews will add five news partners to its Knight-Mozilla Fellowship program in 2014. Alumni of the program continue to engage and innovate in journalism through their work in newsrooms, startups, and academia. The grant also will enable the project to continue its support of journalistic-themed "hack days," which to date have been held in twenty-two countries.
"By providing free, world-class technology solutions that any news organization can use, the OpenNews project has revealed the great value of open Web technologies and sparked adoption across the industry," said Michael Maness, Knight's vice president of journalism and media innovation. "In its next phase, it will work to build stronger bridges between the developer world and everyday newsrooms, while establishing itself as a source for continuous media innovation."