Tracking down the ancestry of First Lady Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama as a baby with parents and brother

Rachel Swarns describes what she learned when she explored First Lady Michelle Obama’s family tree.

Can journalism and gaming technology ever be friends?

Game designer Noah Falstein

“From both the linear (movies, TV, news) and that interactive side, we’re learning to grow together a little bit.” – Noah Falstein, game designer

Is seeing believing?

Sam Stewart

My aim is to research existing and emergent tools that identify digital manipulations to help media vet and verify images before publishing.

Journalists talk about life in the Knight Fellowships

Fellows view election results

“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.”

Making sure news and information gets to ALL the public

Latoya Peterson writes about the digital divide

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?

Abraham Verghese: balancing passions

Dr. Abraham Verghese with patients.

“Writing is part of being a doctor. I write to understand what I am thinking, to reflect on what happened.” – Abraham Verghese

Lessons from Mavericks

Surfers at Mavericks

It was hard not to imagine all the courage, experience, and dedication it takes to challenge the ocean at this level.

How to redesign the beat for engagement, impact, and accountability

Andrew Donohue

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.

How to secure your digital perimeter

Eva Galperin

What’s at stake is not only your personal safety but the entire web of people who trust you with their information.

Connecting the diverse communities among Latinos

Mary Aviles on Stanford campus

I see a great opportunity for the different communities under the Latino umbrella to learn more about each other.

On the digital security front line

Melissa Chan on digital security

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.

Catching up on all the news you’ve missed: Mission impossible?

Marie-Catherine Beuth prototyping

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.

Building a jigsaw puzzle of Chinese social life

Li Xiaoming at Starbucks on the Stanford campus

Because China is so big, the Internet would be a good place to collect stories of changes in the social life of everyday people.

‘Urgent future issues’ and the practice of journalism

nuno vargas at IFTF

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.”

Monitoring media laws around the world

Attila Mong in the Knight computer lab

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.

Stanford: ‘Gates of Hell’ or ‘Gates of Paradise?’

Lilly Delgado at "The Gates of Hell"

The first two weeks at Stanford is perhaps closer to “The Gates of Hell,” metaphorically speaking, when you are feeling “temporarily incompetent.”

The Serendipity Machine

Adriana Garcia at SiliconHouse

Arriving here as journalists, we Knight Fellows start quickly diving into the energy of the place. Collaborate, fail fast, iterate. And network in ways like never before.

I owe Mr. Obama a drink

SF Election Party

As a resident of China, I have never been able to vote. So I was happy to be able to witness elections in the United States.

How I stopped traffic on El Camino Real …

Attila Mong on his bike

I believe traffic situations are generally reflective of a culture’s social interactions. And an experience I had recently proves how European stereotypes of Americans as individualistic, egoistic and competitive are misleading.

Speaking with power and learning to lead

Lilly Delgado and Kay Kostopoulos

It takes more than a clear head to speak with power; you’ve got to prepare your body, too.

A crowdsourcing model for investigative projects

Andrew Donohue

The goal is to create a model for an entirely community-driven, crowd-sourced investigative project.