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KET competes in prestigious Knight News Challenge

For Release: 2013-03-25 16:27:00

Public urged to provide feedback by March 29


KET is competing in this year's Knight News Challenge, which focuses on open government. The Knight News Challenge states their mission as working to accelerate media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information.


KET seeks to develop an open digital platform and apps that provide engaged citizens, advocates, legislators, businesses, journalists and others immediate and full access to Kentucky legislative proceedings.


The mobile and desktop apps will allow people to easily search, watch, read and share transcripts and live and archived video of legislative coverage and policy debates. Social media, SMS text and email alerts on topics, people, legislation and more will allow for deeper engagement.


“KET is building on our decades-long heritage of providing Kentucky citizens direct and unfiltered access to decisions being made in Frankfort. We believe this innovative resource is necessary in our digital democracy,” said Tim Bischoff, KET Sr. Director of Communications and Online Content. “For example, the apps, which will be fully accessible on mobile devices and computers, will allow a user to easily follow a bill through the legislative process. Individuals can also search for specific bills, legislators, meetings, issues and more, creating a tailored service to meet their needs and interests. Lesson plans using live data and legislative coverage also would be developed for educators to use in classrooms.”


KET encourages individuals to go to the Knight News Challenge webpage now through March 29 to ask questions and post comments about how KET’s idea would support open government in the Commonwealth.


The winning Knight News Challenge ideas can earn up to $1 million. More information about the challenge can be found at


About KET


KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom – on television and digital platforms.


Every child and adult, regardless of background, place of residence or economic status, can access quality education and lifelong learning through KET.


An innovative producer of digital education tools that support student achievement, KET produces and provides efficient, high-quality early childhood education; K-12 instructional resources; online high-school classes; and teacher professional development; as well as adult learning and workforce development.


Kentucky's highest-quality source for trusted public affairs and inspiring arts programming, KET shares diverse views and opinions, travels to exciting places around the world, and provides "front row seats" at memorable performances.


KET is the largest public broadcasting network in the country, reaching 5.5 million people in Kentucky and the seven surrounding states through 16 transmitters.


Every week, more than one million people explore Kentucky and the world with KET.


Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization at

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