Knight Foundation donations made to Regents of the University of Minnesota

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Country United States
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Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Technology, Journalism 1 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000

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Cause area Number of donations Total
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 250,000.00
Total 1 250,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 donations)

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Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
250,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 05/01/2007 - 06/30/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a flexible-format reality-based newsgame that focuses on community issues Playing the News is a news simulation environment which lets citizens play through a complex, evolving news story through interaction with the newsmakers. Goals: “We hope to imagine a new way to compile and display the development of complex news events.” Nora Paul and the Institute for New Media Studies will provide a game prototype that uses community-based “scenario builder” and “dialog builder” tools that will allow community leaders, game makers and journalists to develop games using real community issues. Paul will create guidelines and documentation so that others can more quickly develop issues scenarios for games about their communities. She will blog about the game platform project and will write a final report explaining the process. Specifically, Paul will produce a script for the platform, a functional version of the simulation, a news-scenario-building procedures manual, a technical design document, technology documentation, a website for product building and testing and a user-friendly toolset that allows individuals to easily build news scenarios on the game platform. In addition, she will provide a demonstration version of a game based on the platform. The scenario builder and dialog builder software developed will […].