«Class of 2014

Martin Kotynek

Martin Kotynek ('14)

investigative editor, Die Zeit, Berlin

Question: Re-imagine the article for the digital age. Make fact-checking more collaborative.

During his fellowship, Martin Kotynek focused on human-centered news innovation. He studied the design-thinking methodology at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) and he gained extensive experience in using this toolset to create new solutions that focus on the users’ needs. He also taught design thinking workshops on campus. Kotynek improved his leadership skills at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, focusing on driving change in journalism after his fellowship.

He connected with researchers at Stanford, experts at technology companies in Silicon Valley and journalists in the most innovative newsrooms in the country to better understand the changes in the media market, platform dynamics in digital markets and innovation challenges of news organizations. As one of his fellowship projects he explored crowdsourcing and collaborative fact-checking. Together with Alexa Schirtzinger, another JSK Fellow, Kotynek also created a prototype called “OnRamp,” an open protocol and a platform for “atomizing” news stories.

Kotynek organized a weeklong trip of a group of JSK Fellows to New York and Washington, D.C. to help newsrooms with their innovation challenges. At Stanford, he organized and moderated conversations with thought leaders on the future of journalism and founded the Stanford Austria Club.


Re-imagining the article for the digital age

The answer is atomization: breaking articles up into small, meaningful pieces of information.

I will not lie

Making fact-checking more open and accessible

An open-source collaborative platform that will be easier to use than existing tools -- for both editors and readers.

Martin Kotynek and Alexa Schrtzinger

Knight Talk: Martin Kotynek and Alexa Schirtzinger

Martin Kotynek and Alexa Schirtzinger introduce OnRamp, a project to re-imagine the news article.

About Martin

Martin Kotynek is a journalist who is passionate about user-centered news innovation. He started to write about technology at the Austrian business magazine “Trend” while still in high school. After receiving a master’s degree in neurobiology from the University of Munich, he was a science writer at the major German daily newspaper “Sueddeutsche Zeitung.” There, he became the environment editor on the politics desk and was later promoted to be responsible for the “topic of the day” as Page 2 editor. In 2012, Kotynek joined Germany’s largest weekly paper, “Die Zeit,” as an investigative editor, where he created and edited the collaborative fact-checking site “Faktomat”. In his free time, he is a director at his theater company in his hometown of Vienna.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.