Newsletter: 10/20 – 10/27

Five Days Left for $5 Million

This week's newsletter has been a long time coming. Let's get straight down to business – we are just five days away from the deadline (November 1) for this year's Knight News Challenge. Each year the Knight Foundation gives away $5 million to support innovative uses of technology to help strengthen local communities. Last year's winners include a voicemail citizen media project in Zimbabwe, a cell-phone news gathering initiative in a South African township, and a massive video blogging project in rural India. Clearly the Knight Foundation is committed to funding international projects and this is a wonderful opportunity for the Rising Voices community to extend online participation into communities that have long been ignored.

Make sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions page. You can apply here.

Rising Voices: The World's Best Weblog

Get this: some kind soul nominated Rising Voices as the Best Weblog (in the world!) for this year's BOB's contest. (That stands for Best of Blogs.) I am sure that many of you are aware that there are almost as many blog awards as there are blogs, but the BOBs contest has long been the most recognized internationally. We are tremendously proud to be listed among such fine company as GeneraciĆ³n Y and You can cast your votes here and view the results here.

Social Unrest in Bolivia; New Blogs in Nakuru and Romania

It's no wonder that Rising Voices was nominated with all the great content that has been published recently. Rezwan looks at the recent social unrest in Bolivia as through the eyes of Voces Bolivianas’ bloggers. And get to know the new bloggers in Nakuru, Kenya from the REPACTED project and in Romania from the Blogging the Dream project.

80plus1 Deadline on October 31

Finally, for all you creative minds, the deadline to submit proposals to the 80plus1 project, which will try to connect select sites and themes around the world to Linz, Austria, the 2009 cultural capital of Europe. More information is available on their website.

That's all for this week.

All the best,


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