The Knight Foundation recently announced that 53 semi-finalists have been chosen to move onto the next stage of its News Challenge on mobile.


The Knight News Challenge now offers three rounds instead of one competition per year. This round focuses on funding innovators who are using mobile to change the face of the media industry. “We know that we (and our kids) have grown attached to our mobile devices,” Knight’s John Bracken and Christopher Sopher wrote in a blog post announcing the round, “but we have less clarity about the ways people are using them, or might use them, as citizens, content producers and consumers to tell, share and receive stories.”

Knight last month announced the winners of its last News Challenge, on data, and it has revealed that the first round of next year’s News Challenge will have to do with tools for open government.

Here’s the list of who’s moving forward to the next round of the mobile News Challenge (13 were closed entries so we’re sharing 40 of the 53):

A Mobile Good Health Community
Apps for Good
Augmented Reality & Geolocation Toolkit
Backyard Budget Mobile
Boomerang Mojo News
Carbon Creditor
Escape Velocity
Is this for real?
Live field reporting narratives
LocalWiki Mobile
Louisiana Smart Grid
mActivist in a Box
Mobilizing Psychology
n0tice Customizable citizen reporting
National Council on Aging
Navajo InfoWire
NC Mobile Voter Guide
Open 311 Mobile Dashboard
Open mHealth
Project Mobile Connections
Remote Access: Connecting threatened communities with the outside world
ReSystem: Rethinking media in developing countries
scalable networked community radio
Secure Mobile Communications Tool for Journalists
Textizen: Citizen feedback for the digital age
Virtual town meeting
WeFarm: Reaching the 75%
Wikipedia mobile

What do you think about the mobile finalists? Who are your favorites, and who do you think should win?

Desiree Everts is the associate editor for Idea Lab and PBS MediaShift. She’s dabbled in digital media for the past decade including stints at CNET News and Wired magazine. When she’s not editing, you can find her exploring the nearby redwoods and running after her chickens and her own brood.