Santa Monica, California
Challenge: Develop a mobile reporting tool that streamlines multimedia storytelling for live sports coverage.
“Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.” These are the words of John Cage, a pioneering 20th Century American composer, and Eric Ortiz believes this philosophy is the foundation of any innovative organization. Ortiz has experience in building digital products and in team management. During his Knight Fellowship, he developed a working prototype of a mobile-first publishing system, Evrybit, while exploring how to create sustainable journalism, with a focus on transmedia storytelling, community journalism and professionalizing crowdsourcing. Through his coursework at Stanford, he learned about technology venture formation, entrepreneurship, building startups and public speaking. He helped launch Venezuela Decoded, a dynamic, single topic news site to follow the Venezuelan conflict and was the first Knight Fellow to be a resident of the Stanford Venture Studio at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
A mobile publishing system for multimedia production and collaborative storytelling.
Eric Ortiz introduces his prototype of Evrybit, a system that streamlines mobile reporting of live events.
Eric Ortiz didn’t set out to become a journalist. Growing up in Los Angeles, he dreamed of playing in the NFL. But after breaking his neck playing high school football, Ortiz learned how to pivot. He attended Stanford University, walked on to the baseball team and earned an English degree. His life as an editor began in 2000 at ESPN.com. In 2008, he joined New England Sports Network, launched NESN.com and helped build a profitable digital media business. He has transitioned to media entrepreneurship as the founder and CEO of Evrybit and is focused on innovative storytelling.
Information on this page is from the fellowship year.