Prototype Fund Open Call for Ideas to Improve the Flow of Accurate Information

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation sponsored an open call for ideas to address concerns about the spread of misinformation and produce ways to build trust in journalism. The funders collaborated to choose 20 winning projects and provide a total of $1 million in grants; a contribution from the Rita Allen Foundation is supporting two of the selected projects. Several of the projects focus on involving the public in news gathering and developing tools to better reach diverse and politically disparate communities. Some focus on media literacy, providing ways to help people become responsible consumers of digital content. Others offer tools that advance deeper, and more thoughtful methods of fact checking; including better ways to track misinformation, understand its sources and channels, and more effectively communicate the credibility of information.