Life of a Fellow
Dispatches from current fellows about their Stanford experience.
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.
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.”
Only a fraction of the thousands of small companies vying to attract venture capital make it to the next level. For media companies, the bar is even higher.
What I think makes Stanford special is its commitment to frame these courses as project-based efforts to find real solutions.
Here in the Knight Fellowship, I don’t necessarily work less than I did at my job. I work different.
Rachel Swarns describes what she learned when she explored First Lady Michelle Obama’s family tree.
“From both the linear (movies, TV, news) and that interactive side, we’re learning to grow together a little bit.” – Noah Falstein, game designer
My aim is to research existing and emergent tools that identify digital manipulations to help media vet and verify images before publishing.
“Looking for finding new ways to do what I do was really attractive. The full-time job here is to look at ways to disrupt and innovate.”
How do we bridge the digital divide? And can technology be leveraged to find users who are not in the market for news and information?
“Writing is part of being a doctor. I write to understand what I am thinking, to reflect on what happened.” – Abraham Verghese
It was hard not to imagine all the courage, experience, and dedication it takes to challenge the ocean at this level.
Instead of going to the candidates and talking to them about their agendas, we flipped it. We made a public call: We’re coming to your neighborhood. Show us what needs fixing.
What’s at stake is not only your personal safety but the entire web of people who trust you with their information.
I see a great opportunity for the different communities under the Latino umbrella to learn more about each other.
When hackers regularly bamboozle the IT departments of multinational corporations, my challenge is to determine how a lone player like myself can maximize my utility in this online battle.
It is very helpful to think of all the different ways one can try to solve a problem. Suddenly, I don’t see three doors open but seven or eight.
Because China is so big, the Internet would be a good place to collect stories of changes in the social life of everyday people.
At Palo Alto’s Institute for the Future, we covered the workroom walls with post-its on which we jotted down what we imagined would be “urgent future issues.”
I recently had the opportunity to share, from afar, my Knight innovation proposal with a conference of international media and NGOs that met in Bucharest.
The first two weeks at Stanford is perhaps closer to “The Gates of Hell,” metaphorically speaking, when you are feeling “temporarily incompetent.”