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Rita Allen Foundation Announces an Open Call for Ideas

Rita Allen Foundation Announces an Open Call for Ideas

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Rita Allen Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Democracy Fund have announced an open call for ideas that address the question, How can we improve the flow of accurate information?

Through the Knight Prototype Fund, up to $1 million in grants of $50,000 will be awarded to technologists, journalists, designers, teachers, researchers, and others working to address concerns about the spread of misinformation and build trust in journalism. With a deadline of 5:00 p.m. on April 3, the funders are seeking ideas on topics ranging from but not limited to the role of algorithms in news consumption, methods for separating fact from fiction, building bridges across ideological divides, and strategies for ensuring that journalism organizations are perceived as authentic by the communities they serve. The grants, which will be announced in June, include a two-day training session focused on the use of prototyping to flesh out an idea.