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Knight-Mozilla News Brings Series of News Innovation Challenges

The Knight Foundation and Mozilla are running a series of news innovation challenges. The goal: get the world’s smartest hackers thinking about how news organizations can harness the open web.

The first challenge “how can web video bring innovation to the news biz?,” which runs through Sunday, May 8th, is a great opportunity to be creative with the YouTube APIs – if you’ve a big, ambitious idea, you could get support from Knight and Mozilla to make it real.

Video is a central part of many people’s daily news experience. But despite all the opportunity offered by the open web (social, linkable, real-time, dynamic), most online video is still stuck in a boring embedded box, like “TV on a web page.” This offers little in the way of context or opportunities for viewers to engage more deeply.

Head over to challenge site and enter your idea. Submit a short abstract, a napkin sketch, or however you choose to best express yourself. By entering your idea, you’ll be eligible to take part in an online learning lab with famous hackers like Christian Heilmann, Burt Herman, Aza Raskin, John Resig. And if your idea rocks, Knight and Mozilla will fly you to Berlin for an in-person development sprint, to take your idea from napkin sketch to prototype to deployment.

Finally: five participants will be invited to become Knight-Mozilla news technology fellows. Fellowships are paid positions inside newsrooms at the BBC, Boston.com, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, and Zeit Online, to build world class web apps for a large audience.

[Via: YouTube API blog]

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