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Knight News Challenge


In the fall of 2006, the Knight Foundation, which has worked to sustain democracy by keeping individuals and communities informed and engaged for over 150 years, launched the Knight News Challenge – a $25 million, five-year contest open to anyone, anywhere with a good idea of how digital media can transform community news. Their goal: to advance the future of journalism by funding innovative ways to gather, share, and use local news to digitally inform communities.

Having completed a detailed review of the 2007-2008 grant winners, the Knight Foundation asked Kiss Me I’m Polish to conceptualize and design a digital report to present these outcomes. Developed in partnership with Redub and Papercut, the release of the presentation, which coincided with the announcement of the 2011 winners, included a series of information graphics and illustrations on topics such as the evolution of the hacker journalist, the rise of mobile news platforms, and a visual map of how the media landscape has transformed since the Challenge first began.

Inspired by elements of the newly-refreshed Knight Foundation identity, our design helped make what could otherwise have been a pretty daunting and somewhat dry evaluation much more vibrant and digestible – not only to the general public, but to those intimately involved with media innovation. Lucy Benholtz, of the highly regarded blog Philanthropy 2173, even went so far as to declare it the very first winner of the “Person’s Choice Award for Foundation Data Presentation.”

  • Art Direction + Design
  • Illustration
  • Information Graphics
  • Slide Deck + Presentation Materials

See the full report on the Knight Foundation website.


When was the last time a foundation released an evaluation report that made an outsider write a whole blog post about their 'favorite slide'?”

– Lucy Bernholz, Philanthropy2173

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