The Knight News Challenge Garage is open–check it out

I’ve been working with the wonderful Knight News Challenge team–Kristen Taylor, Jose Zamora, Heidi Miller, Robertson Adams, Marc Fest and others (under the apt leadership of the innovative Gary Kebbel) to help improve the range, quality and diversity of this year’s applicants for the 2008-09 News Challenge (which will give away roughly $5MM to support open source projects that move forward local discourse and sharing/discussion around news, community, social media, visualization.)

Inspired by TechStars and YCombinator, the Garage creates a (drupal platform) community where current and potential applications for funding can enter their ideas, share comments and peer review, and request mentor support to improve their application before they submit it.

The Garage is open as of today; the KNC08 will start taking applications as of September 2nd; close is November 1st

If you are a newsie, a social media person, a social justice person using online tools to improve the world, a hyperlocal fan, or any sort of interested party (or a previous applicant) come and check it out and look around.

Kristen Taylor video on Garage here; blog post here.