PBS MEDIASHIFT -- The four foundations supporting the Challenge Fund — the Democracy Fund, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism, Knight and McCormick — had long been on the same wavelength. The time was overdue to provide some space and support, up to $1 million worth, for experimentation in the academic and media ecosystem. Three months later, our selection committees were looking at 125 applications from schools small and large, from all over the United States, to pick the first round of winners for the two-year fund. San Francisco State University: “Newspoints”: Can a mobile- and web-based organizing tool improve reporting and get student journalists into the field sooner? Partners: El Tecolote, Accion Latina, Stamen Design.