I am in Miami today at the Editor & Publisher/Mediaweek Interactive Media Conference to receive a Knight Foundation News Challenge Grant on behalf of the Citizen Media Law Project. The one-year grant will fund the development of a national database of legal threats against citizen journalists and a set of state-specific legal guides that will cover the 15 most populous states and the District of Columbia. We are excited and honored to work with the Knight Foundation on this project.
The Knight Foundation awarded a total of 24 grants, covering a broad range of initiatives from the development of a Center for Future Civic Media at MIT to supporting bloggers who will write about topics such as GPS tracking devices and out-of-the-box community publishing solutions. It's a fascinating list of projects and people.
I may be the one basking in the Florida sun today, but this day would not have been possible without the vision and hard work of the other CMLP founders: Dan Gillmor, Phil Malone, and Matt Lovell.