Two weeks left to apply for Knight News Challenge

01 Oct 2009

If you have a locally-focused, open source, digital idea to distribute news in the public interest, you have through October 15 to apply for a Knight News Challenge grant. In its fourth of five years of funding, the News Challenge program can award as much as $5 million this year.  To register for the upcoming live chat about the grant program visit the



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Mark Whittaker

Mark Whittaker joined the AIM Group as sales director in March 2009. His career in newspapers spans 30 years as a reporter, editor and online manager. He spent seven years as online managing editor and online director for PittsburghLive.com and the Tribune-Review Publishing Co. in Pittsburgh, and later worked as interactive media director for Beaver Newspapers Inc. in suburban Pittsburgh. At Beaver Newspapers, he was responsible for day-to-day advertising, design and operation of the company’s Web sites, supervising a staff of eight. At Tribune-Review, he oversaw about 20 Web sites, including ad sales, coordination between the Web sites and affiliated newspapers, and negotiating partnership agreements. He is based near Pittsburgh.