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Believe it or not, people used to read newspapers! But now of course, we're all online and on mobile, logged onto our individual gadgets and disconnected from our community. So how can we use new technology to transmit news and actually bring people together? We've got some ideas, but we bet you've got some amazing ideas!

That's why MTV is partnering with the Knight Foundation to give away $500,000 to anyone who's got an idea about how to push journalism into the digital age. You heard us, $500,000! And, since we're not limiting this to just one winner, your chances to fund your idea are even greater. You propose how much your idea would cost to execute, and you might just get that amount!

Already overflowing with ideas? Hold on. Here are some criteria you should know before applying. Your big idea should be...

Digital. Think computers, internet, cell phones, etc.

Innovative. Let's be original, people.

News-related. It's all about access to info.

Timely. Make that it's all about access to fresh, new info.

Community-building. No, we're not talking about holding hands around a campfire. Make sure your idea creates a sense of connectedness among some group.

Geographically-specific. Even if you're thinking on a national or international scale, make sure your idea functions at a regional level, affecting people in smaller communities.

All set to go with your big idea? Apply here!
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MTV News and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are looking for 51 aspiring reporters to help MTV News cover the 2008 Presidential election. Read more ...

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of the communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers.

For more on the Knight Foundation visit their website at www.knightfdn.org. For more about the Knight News Challenge visit www.newschallenge.org.

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