Today the Knight News Challenge, a program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced a $327,000 grant to Quiddities Dev Inc. a web solutions organization based here in Santa Cruz. With KUSPâ€™s collaboration, Quiddities will develop RadioEngage, an open source publishing platform optimized for the needs of public radio stations.
KUSP will pilot the project here at kusp.org and our content team, led by New Media Director Steve Laufer, will work closely with Quidditiesâ€™ designers as they explore this new territory for public media.
As an open source project based on the Drupal software platform, RadioEngage will be available for all public media organizations to freely implement and improve upon as soon as it is released. Our objective is deeper community participation and engagement by allowing the creators, contributors, and listeners of news, information and music to communicate and collaborate directly and easily.
A year ago, at the time the first Knight News Challenge grants were awarded, Knight recognized Minnesota Public Radioâ€™s Public Insight Journalism project with its Knight News Innovation EPpy Award. We are incredibly honored that Knight chose our collaboration with Quiddities to further advance their commitment to community-service-focused, participatory public radio.
The full press release for the grant (as a pdf file) is linked here. We’re very excited about this opportunity and I am grateful to Margaret Rosas and her team at Quiddities, KUSP Development Director Virginia Wright, the aforementioned Steve Laufer, and all of the staff and volunteers in KUSP New Media who worked hard to create the proposal… and to the fine people of the Knight Foundation who saw it as worthy of such generous support!
Watch this space!