As Jesse tweeted earlier today from the awards ceremony held at MIT, he and we are excited, pleased, and humbled that Adaptive Path is one of the winners of the 2011 Knight News Challenge for our iWitness project.
With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the iWitness project will bridge the gap between traditional and citizen media by creating a web-based tool that aggregates user-generated content from social media during big news events. Whether a parade or protest, election or earthquake, iWitness will display photos, videos and messages in an easy-to-browse interface. iWitness will make it easier to cross-reference first-person accounts with journalistic reporting, opening up new avenues for storytelling, fact-checking and connecting people to events in their communities.
I'm sure Jesse will update us on the project (which our team will be really digging into this fall) in the future. For now, here's a little more on iWitness and the other very cool projects that have been awarded grants today.
Congrats to all! And stay tuned.
(The Knight News Challenge is a media innovation contest that aims to advance the future of news by funding new ways to digitally inform communities.)