The draw of Stanford’s design school

Justin Ferrell at the d.school

d.school instructors preach a “bias toward action” and students physically tackle real-world problems. Lessons learned from the the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Learning to live without lined paper

Before my Knight Fellowship, this was a metaphor for my life – lined paper. I was good at following set guidelines and had very defined ways of seeing myself, journalism and my career

The evolution of 18 Days in Egypt: A conversation with Jigar Mehta

18 Days in Egypt, a collaborative, interactive documentary project, recently launched its public beta in Cairo – just as new confrontations between police and protestors erupted, posing a real-world test of the project.

Is pessimism killing journalism?

Anita Zielina at Pulitzer event dinner

Wouldn’t traditional media and journalists be wise to embrace innovation and optimism?

Signals for media’s future

As a sector currently undergoing turbulent change, the media industry is frantically shaking a cloud-filled crystal ball in the hopes of figuring out what the future holds.

Gingras on the future of news

Richard Gingras

Richard Gingras, head of News Products at Google, talked about the future of media at a recent Knight Fellowship seminar.

How journalists can use Google+

Google’s social network can be a great playground for media professionals. Here are my top 5 G+ tips for journalists.

Redesigning the thing known as ‘the article’

2012 Knight Fellow Anita Zielinia at Google headquarters

What if we sat back for a while and thought of how ONLINE storytelling could and should look like? The way in which we are designing our information online these days is very different from the way people consume it – and might be just old-fashioned.

Free-press challenges in Ethiopia, Ecuador

Girma Fantaye, 2012 Knight Fellow

Jorge Imbaquingo (’12) interviews Girma Fantaye (’12), exiled deputy editor of the independent Ethiopian weekly Addis Neger.

“Largely, anonymity is just not worth it”

Evan Hamilton

A conversation with Evan Hamilton, Community Manager of Uservoice, about the problem with Justin Bieber-stories, nasty anonymous users, and why “hotguy27” is not the best pseudonym in an online community

Forecasting a future of immersive media

Mike Liebhold, Institute for the Future

Mike Liebhold, a senior researcher at the Institute For The Future, shared his perceptions on immersive media with Knight Fellows and identified key trends.

Training journalism students to report in Aboriginal communities

McCue, an Anishinaabe from the province of Ontario, will teach the first Reporting in Indigenous Communities class in January at the University of British Columbia Journalism School. We asked him to explain how he plans to approach the course.

What really happened? Using Swiftriver to help confirm news tips

News tips chart

How can we get through the mess of misinformation to find the real tips of breaking news events, as they’re happening, and get this information out to as broad an audience as possible?

Fellow tells Native American students about the surprises he found at Stanford

Graduates with Pendelton blankets

I knew my family’s year at Stanford would be an adventure, but I expected we’d get lonely for Indians. I’m happy to report: I was wrong.

Slow news

Rogers curve

Smart media companies know they can’t do everything all at once.

Back to the future: The convergence of the online and real worlds

Peter Steiner cartoon

Increasingly in today’s online world, it seems that in order to be heard, one must also be seen. As one student pointed out, if you remain anonymous online, you won’t be taken seriously.

Failing flat on my face

Michael Marcotte

No one’s idea is a failure. But translating an idea into a real world solution takes action, teamwork, buy-in, testing, etc. Failure is part of that process. The trick is to get some traction first.

The rise of the “persocial” web

Adriano Farano

Consequences of a new generation of digital products and services where personal and social dimensions melt together to put every person at the center of the game.

What should the New York Times do?

Paddy Hirsch

For years there’s been rumbling discontent among journalists about the way media organizations take pains to look after their staffers when they’re caught in the line of fire, but often fail to provide support to the locals who make it possible for those staffers to get the story.

The journalism fellowship as a bridge

2011 Knight Fellows Angelo Izama, Seda Muradyan, Karelia Vazquez and Mike Marcotte

Here in the Knight Journalism Fellowship, despite many differences, we fellows proceed together. The sharing and mutual support is such a joyous part of the experience that no one feels alone while looking over the rail into the chasm of unknowns.

Public radio’s only hope: hope

Vivian Schiller, NPR

Let me try to inject a few baseline facts and a little Stanford-style hope into the dialogue about NPR, public radio, and the pursuit of trustworthy journalism.