On the frontline of media’s future with a trip down virtual reality lane

Project Syria Reflection Wall

Going to this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier exhibition hall on virtual reality, you cannot help but feel as if you are seated at the front row of the future of journalism.

Dreamworks, Twitter veteran sells storytelling with storymapping

Storymapping exercise

It’s not enough to know how to tell a story; you have to know how to sell one, too. – James Buckhouse, director of content, Sequoia Capital.

15 social media tips and tools for journalists

Social media icons

Journalists can use social media as a reporting tool — to find stories, for newsgathering, research, finding interviewees and more.

A day in the life of a JSK fellow

Snapshots from JSK fellows

Take a peek into some of the ways our fellows spend their days at Stanford — a photos by JSK fellows.

Are journalism schools teaching their students the right skills?

KQED Hackathon

If you are a journalism educator or media professional, I have news for you: We work in tech.

With new collaboration, Amie Ferris-Rotman’s project takes flight

Amie Ferris-Rotman in Afghanistan

Knight Fellow Amie Ferris-Rotman’s project, Sahar Speaks!, will partner with the International Women’s Media Foundation.

“A new medium”: how virtual reality can change the news

Knight Fellows visit Jaunt

During a visit to startup Jaunt, Knight Fellows learned about the implications of virtual reality for a more immersive news experience.

“Dead trees and ink”: Todd Vogt on the future of local newspapers

A Q&A with San Francisco Media Co. president Todd Vogt on the importance and future of newspapers in the Bay Area.

From ISOJ, insights on the future of news

Knights at ISOJ

Everyone’s heard of South by Southwest. But Austin’s smaller and slightly geekier International Symposium on Online Journalism is also a big draw for Knight Fellows, staff, and alumni.

Knight Fellows take an innovation field trip to the Big Apple

BuzzFeed Newsroom

During a recent trip to the East Coast, Knight Fellows spoke with newsroom leaders in New York and Washington, D.C., about tactics for innovation.

Fail fast and bounce back: what alt-weeklies can learn from the startup mentality

Fail Forward

In a disrupted news landscape, local publications need to think like startups: try things, fail fast, and remember that life is a prototype.

What do today’s news consumers really want?


Fellows spent a Saturday asking people in San Francisco two fundamental questions: In this digital age, how do you get your news, and why?

From South Sudan to China: When global events affect fellowship projects


When South Sudan descended into violence, Knight Fellow Kennedy Jawoko had to pivot. The result is a new collaboration between Fellows.

The future of media: attention-driven and bright

Knight Fellows at the Future of Media Conference

At Stanford’s Future of Media Conference, Knight Fellows talked with digital media entrepreneurs and industry leaders about the future of journalism, TV, mobile media, and much more.

How do you make a wall talk?

Chalk Stencil

My Art in the Streets class has provided me with new insights for my journalism challenge.

Riptide: The epic collision between journalism and digital technology

Digital Riptide

Riptide authors, Twitter execs, and internet luminaries discussed the convergence of journalism

Knight Fellow Danyel Smith on mastering social media

Danyel Smith's social media presentation

“Always be connected,” Smith told Knight Fellows yesterday. “Social media is a lifestyle.”

Fellow from Pakistan discovers Silicon Valley is also a state of mind

Students in Pakistan have new ideas but kill them when they think of the resources they will need. Others think there is nothing new to create.

Knight gets second chance at making the best of Stanford

Eric Ortiz graduating from Stanford

Life at Stanford as a husband and father is a little different from roaming The Farm as a single, wet-behind-the-ears freshman in 1992.

The Syrian conflict … in 5 minutes

During my year as a John S. Knight Fellow, I developed a news animation studio that produces videos that explain complex topics in five minutes or less.

A fig tree turns out to be a ‘disruptive’ element

Knight Fellow Adriana Garcia says a fig tree at her Palo Alto house reminds her of the one in her grandmother's backyard in Spain.

The tree “made me think of my Spanish grandma. … her love poured especially into the fig jams she prepared at the end of every summer.”