Newsletter: 9/29 – 10/3

Dear All,

Deadlines are fast approaching for the October bonanza of funding for citizen media and digital education projects. These are great opportunities for anyone who has applied for Rising Voices grants in the past and for everyone who has a project they want to see carried out.

Project:Report – Deadline Oct. 5

The first video, due by October 5, should be a profile of a person you think the world should know about. The video can run no longer than 3 minutes and must be in English or have English subtitles. ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY OCTOBER 5 TO HAVE A CHANCE AT THE GRAND PRIZE – a $10,000 journalism fellowship with the Pulitzer Center to report on a story abroad.

Digital Media and Learning Competition – Deadline Oct. 15

The 2008 Digital Media and Learning Competition theme is Participatory Learning. Participatory Learning includes the many ways that learners (of any age) use new technologies to participate in virtual communities where they share ideas, comment upon one another’s projects, and plan, design, advance, implement, or simply discuss their goals and ideas together.

Google’s Project 10 to the 100th – Deadline Oct. 20

Google is committing $10 million to implement five final projects, with the goal of helping as many people as possible. Submissions can be supplemented with 30 second videos.

Knight News Challenge – Deadline Nov. 1

The Knight Foundation is giving away around $5 million this year to support ideas that “improve local online news, deepen community engagement, bring Web 2.0 tools to local neighborhoods, develop publishing platforms and standards to support local conversations or innovate how we visualize, experience or interact with information.” There are three rules to follow to apply to the 2008-09 Knight News Challenge: 1.) Use or create digital, open-source technology as the code base. 2.) Serve the public interest. 3.) Benefit one or more specific geographic communities.

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Meanwhile, the Rising Voices grantees keep pushing on. Head to the Rising Voices website for videos of new bloggers from the South African township of Kwa Mashu, updates from the student and teacher blogs in Uruguay, and one-year reflections from Voces Bolivianas and Neighbourhood Diaries.

And, of course, have a wonderful weekend.

Best,

David

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