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Rose Afriyie, mRelief

Knight News Challenge 10th Anniversary series: five stories

In November 2017, the Knight Foundation published a collection of 10 profiles of organizations that received Knight News Challenge grants from it over the past decade. I wrote five of these stories, which you can read at the Knight Foundation website by clicking the links below:

DIY SCIENCE TOOLS COST LITTLE, CREATE BIG IMPACT IN MONITORING THE ENVIRONMENT

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Shannon Dosemagen, Public Labs
Shannon Dosemagen, Public Labs


CIVIC MEDIA COMES INTO ITS OWN, THANKS TO MIT CENTER

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Ethan Zuckerman, MIT Center for Civic Media
Ethan Zuckerman, MIT Center for Civic Media


CRISIS TEXT LINE FINDS A NICHE, AND KEEPS GROWING

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Nancy Lublin, Crisis Text Line
Nancy Lublin, Crisis Text Line


mRELIEF USES TEXT MESSAGING TO HELP PEOPLE GET SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

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Rose Afriyie, mRelief
Rose Afriyie, mRelief


DOCUMENTCLOUD GOES FROM STARTUP TO NEWSROOM STANDARD

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Aron Pilhofer, DocumentCloud
Aron Pilhofer, DocumentCloud

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Crisis Text Line Delivers a Helping Hand, One Text at a Time (Knight Foundation)

By Bob Andelman

OCTOBER 2016 — Last night, pajamas-clad 22-year-old Tessa Shapiro spent four hours curled up on her couch, computer on her lap, a pot of tea and snacks at arm’s reach, texting with strangers.

She’s part ofthe volunteer armyat Crisis Text Line, a former Knight News Challenge winner that Knight Foundation continues supporting in a big way.

And Shapiro may have just saved a life.

“There’s a lot of activity at night,” she says, “and I like to have the challenge of talking to as many people as I can.”

Shapiro is one of 1,500 trained volunteer counselors manningCrisis Text Line, a national service spun fromDoSomething.orgin August 2013 and funded, in part, by Knight Foundation.

The recent University of Michigan graduate – Shapiro earned her bachelor’s degree majoring in biopsychology, cognition, andneuroscience– plans on a career in mental health counseling and has been volunteering four hours a week with Crisis Text Line for the past year. She has helped more than 160 people to date. (Volunteers receive 34 hours of training before being allowed to handle incoming texts.)

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