Citizen Media: A Global Innovation Competition by Ashoka, Sponsored by Google

Begining July 14, a new competition run by Ashoka's Changemakers, with support from Google is launched - to source innovations that will boost media access and participation globally: Citizen Media: A Global Innovation Competition, announced Mimi Kravetz, Google.org Team.To encourage a breadth of global applications, the competition is being launched in nine languages: Arabic, Mandarin, […]

Begining July 14, a new competition run by Ashoka's Changemakers, with support from Google is launched - to source innovations that will boost media access and participation globally: Citizen Media: A Global Innovation Competition, announced Mimi Kravetz, Google.org Team.

To encourage a breadth of global applications, the competition is being launched in nine languages: Arabic, Mandarin, English, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.

What do we mean by this? Well, we're waiting for you to tell us, but here are some initial ideas for what strong entries might hope to achieve:

  • Give voice to underserved, vulnerable populations, introducing them to media creation and distribution, and showcasing their messages
  • Equip journalists and publishers with tools or channels to report important news that otherwise gets missed
  • Advance free speech and privacy protections
  • Address the financial sustainability of quality news
  • Help people better navigate information and ascertain content reliability and authenticity

"Submissions are due on Sep 14th, and finalists will be selected by a panel of expert judges including Michael Maness, VP of Journalism and Media Innovation at the Knight Foundation, Esther Wojcicki, Vice Chair for Creative Commons, and Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas," stated Kravetz.

Then, "Ashoka will invite the public to vote on four winners who'll receive cash prizes of US $5,000. Top qualifying entrants will also be considered for an Ashoka Fellowship -- complete with a living stipend, international recognition, and access to a network of systems-changing social entrepreneurs," Kravetz added.

Nominate your idea or suggest another innovation starting today!

[Source: Google.org blog]