Life of a Fellow
Dispatches from current fellows about their Stanford experience.
The relationship between newsrooms and freelance journalists is in trouble. On one side are the newsrooms, which continue to lay off staff and shrink budgets. On the other side are the new journalists, bored of working full-time in a traditional medium.
Newspaper closures and consolidation over the past 15 years have created “news deserts” where there are inadequate journalism resources to properly cover local governments. The trend threatens the bond between news organizations and their communities.
If California is a virtual nation-state, where is its national media outlet?
Empathy should also be at the core of good journalism
As I wrap an amazing year as a JSK Fellow at Stanford, I find myself thinking again and again of one of my favorite “you got this” anthems, Lily Allen’s Sheezus.
There’s lots of evidence that gender disparities in news organizations persist across media, including print, broadcast, Internet and wires.
The problem, as I saw it, is that online advertising takes a greater toll on our lives than it generates in ad revenue for publishers. And everything I’ve researched this past year has confirmed that to be true.
News podcasts and English language learners don’t seem to talk to each other often. They don’t hang out in the same places, and so it’s unlikely they would date but if they did, they’d create sparks.
I wanted to talk to as many people as possible who were interested in collaboration or already doing collaborative projects. I want to know what’s working, what’s not and what needs to be better.
How your radio newsroom should think about smart speakers and digital assistants, and how two non-developers built a product on one
How did I manage to saunter into a class on the unbelievably beautiful Stanford campus, with its towering palm trees and carved sandstone edifices, and get to take part, even though my undergrad days are well in the rearview mirror?
When the chance of a lifetime, getting a Stanford fellowship, also means uprooting your life, moving two kids and a house across country.
Things are getting bad and not all of us are going to make it out alive.
Beyoncé shook up the economy of celebrity photography by cutting off intermediaries and going directly to her audience, thus creating a new model.
Men and women should get mad. And then get even — as in even pay, opportunity and success.
How can we produce high quality journalism, and reduce costs, with less income (subscription fees and advertising revenue), and fewer talented people? Because of this serious and contradictory situation, a computational approach is being aggressively pursued.
Working on a quality score for publishers and authors is an effective way to mine quality from the web — and to fight fake news. To do this, we need to find, combine and weight the right “signals”.
“Call a food cart to school”, “Invite a famous chef to school”, “Have a potluck party” “Make a field trip to local farmers”…ideas overflowed one after another and the whiteboard was covered by a number of post-its immediately.
Of course the “Equality State” should welcome refugees and immigrants. We pride ourselves as neighborly and eager to offer a “hand up” rather than a “hand out,” as the saying goes.
“Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only MAKE.” It is this message that inspires an entrepreneurial spirit.
In the long arc of our industry, this is the time when collaboration emerges as more than just a thing newsrooms do as a luxury or a novelty.