knight news challenge application
how to reinvent local news?

well, we here at the broadcaster project of course think this should involve some broadcasters.

here’s quick pitch.
watch this video on flickr which wordpress wont let me embed. thanks.

Where you are the news!

A pizza shop or bodega type store in downtown Brooklyn near Fulton Mall or similar low income shopping area/transit center or across the street from a nearby housing project like Gowanus Houses.
Front window has a couple screens playing videos. These are all videos that have been recorded on site. (or maybe an extra screen for content from other sites?)
Inside is a series of photobooth and videobooth installations of varying quality, duration, and abstraction(art installations like friendslicer). Plain 30 second videobooth cost $0.50 or $1, you record your video, it gets archived locally and added to loop playing on monitors outside. It also uploads to some social video site where it’s tagged as “public domain” so television stations can rebroadcast and others can make mix tapes, etc.
In the store is a jukebox as well where you can pay small fee to select the video you want to see.
You can also get custom dvd mixtapes made in the store.
The store is a public history file for the local community. No more expensive than buying a can of soda or beer.
All financial records are public by default since every transaction is represented by an upload to the public feed.
A shared history for the local community. Truly ground up media. When you say, “I know where you are coming from” you will actually know where this news came from.

Technology developed will be open source and also business planning info will be open source so it’s easily duplicable in other communities. A shared history builds trust and accountability. Can a public history file bring the positive powers of online communities like wikipedia and linux into our shared physical spaces?



also see the LCC proposal, notes page, etc for more on the broadcaster philosophy.

something like the following mashup: your local barber shop + an anthropological history of youtube + storycorps + twitter.

a public history file for shared physical spaces… more notes.

please view the application:


5 Responses to “knight news challenge application”

  1. danielpaluska Says:

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  3. danielpaluska Says:

    What is your marketing plan? How will people learn about what you are doing? *
    (1800 characters remaining)
    FLATSCREEN MONITORS (in the front window)
    MIXTAPE DVDS (feed the hustlers)
    STRONG BRAND IDENTITY (this is brooklyn yo!)
    BOLD AND MINIMAL TYPEFACES (like vitamin water but drawn by hand with lots of embellishments)
    TWITTER FEED (shaq has one)

  4. danielpaluska Says:

    Dear dan paluska,

    Thank you for your recent proposal The Downtown Brooklyn Public Newsroom. A portal to the public domain where you are the news.for funding through the Knight News Challenge. We have reviewed your request, and unfortunately, we must decline your proposal at this time. Even though you submitted a good idea, it does not meet the general goals of the contest.

    Because there are thousands of proposals and only a few of them advance, we are able to choose only the most innovative ideas. These are new kinds of technologies or techniques, usually things we have never heard of before.

    Please understand this does not reflect on the quality of your work. This is an extremely competitive contest. Even good proposals can be declined. This particular contest can select only a tiny fraction of the most promising, innovative proposals that expand digital news and information in defined geographic communities.

    You can read more about the Knight News Challenge here:

    If you have other ideas that fall within the guidelines for the News Challenge, we encourage you to submit them.

    We appreciate the value of your work and wish you success in attracting support from other sources.

    Knight News Challenge Staff

  5. Record Keeping, Restaurants, and ‘Roids « Paluska Says:

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