Knight Foundation Announces Selected Proposals for Round 2 of Knight News Challenge

Breese McIlvaine
Posted April 13, 2012 from United States

Dear PulseWire Family,

On behalf of the World Pulse team, I am sending a huge thank you to all of you who shared your passion and experiences in support for World Pulse’s proposal for the Knight News Challenge, “Transmitting Change: Using Transmedia Technologies to Channel Grassroots Women’s Voices from 190 Countries.” We were so amazed to see you all mobilize so quickly to support us, and were so moved by your comments on the proposal.

From our local supporters in Portland to those of you in Nicaragua or Syria or elsewhere, you shared in your comments, you told the world how World Pulse has helped empower you to speak up on issues important to you, pursue your passions, obtain jobs or funding, mentor an emerging leader on the other side of the world, and join a global movement for women’s empowerment and gender equality. The diversity and power of your support is remarkable.

Yesterday, the Knight Foundation announced which proposals would move to the next round of reviews for the Knight News Challenge. Unfortunately, our proposal was not selected. We congratulate those projects that did proceed to the next round, and hope that they will produce some valuable tools to help you achieve your goals. You can read about them here.

No matter the outcome, the outpouring of support from the community we strive to serve – you – confirmed that we’re on the right track, and gave us even more energy and inspiration to keep trying to do better. We continue to raise funds to enhance our ability to better serve your needs.

We strongly value your feedback, whether it’s a suggestion for how we can improve or a story about your personal empowerment. Please always feel welcome to share it with us. Your voices shape the future of this organization.

Warm regards,

Breese & the World Pulse team

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Shwe Hmon
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 21, 2012

Dear Breese,

Thank you so much for sharing us the projects that did proceed to the next round. We can learn from them. May the World Pulse succeed in future endeavor.

Best Regards, Insha

Breese McIlvaine
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 23, 2012

Thanks, Insha :)

RAYMOND LADEBO
May 03, 2012
May 03, 2012

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The author does not disguise his righteous indignation at the seeming indifference, shown by African authorities in particular, to the rebirth of the slave trade. With a globe-trotting sweep by its characters, his book succeeds in drawing awareness to the horrors of modern slavery and combating forced migrant labor as well as virtual sex trafficking through the Internet, particularly the exploitation of children, as researched and related by writers such as Manuel Barcia of the University of Leeds. If you like this book, I recommend that you read the other two in the trilogy, FLIGHT OF LIFE: phenomenon that refuses to die, and JOURNEY OF HOPE OR DESTINY -Phenomenon that refuses to die.

Farhana Ahmed
Feb 01, 2013
Feb 01, 2013

Dear Bresse,

I'm a new entrant to world pulse, and I work in a very remote and backward place in Assam, India. It's so wonderful that women journalist across the globe has given so much opportunity by World Pulse. Do keep in touch to share more.