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We’re excited to announce that our  partnership with eight news organizations has been chosen as one of 40  semifinalists in the Knight Foundation Health News Challenge.

Knight  speeds media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. In this challenge, they’re aided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Clinton Foundation and the Health Data Consortium.

Our proposal in their challenge contest is to repeat and improve upon our crowdsourcing partnership with the amazing Brian Lehrer Show at WNYC public radio in New York — only this time, with  a bigger group of friends. In that experience, hundreds of women shared mammogram prices, payments, and thoughts. We wrote a series of blog posts about it; here’s one and here’s another and another.

Now, we’re planning to take that experience and make it bigger.

We have a unique partnership combining some of the largest public media outlets in the country with local news networks. Our partners are WBUR in Boston, WHYY in Philadelphia, KQED in San Francisco, KPCC in Los Angeles, the Connecticut Health Investigative Team, Georgia Health News, the New Jersey News Commons and Honolulu Civil Beat.

To Knight: Thanks!

And to all our partners in the Knight News Challenge:  Yet again our thanks, and a very large warm hug!

Update: We didn’t win, but check out the great group of winners on this page. And here we are, with the rest of the runners-up, on this page.


Jeanne Pinder

Jeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded...