The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation--sponsor of the MIT Center for Future Civic Media--today announced their 2010 Knight News Challenge winners. Together, these winners form another ground-breaking, visionary class of civic media developers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
Video of the announcement by Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen, as well as full descriptions of the funded projects, are available now via MIT. Please join us in congratulating the winners:
CityTracking, by Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen Design
To make municipal data easy to understand, CityTracking will allow users to create embeddable data visualizations that are appealing enough to spread virally and that are as easy to share as photos and videos.
The Cartoonist, by Ian Bogost and Michael Mateas, Georgia Tech
To engage readers in the news, this project will create a free tool that produces cartoon-like current event games -- the game equivalent of editorial cartoons.