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Michael Grant

Michael Grant ('18)

creative director, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco

Question: How might we create the conditions for journalists of color to produce digital storytelling?

Michael Grant started out designing print pages for newspapers, then pivoted to become a newsroom developer and interactive designer. Before becoming creative director of the San Francisco Business Times, he was a digital designer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. Earlier in his career, Grant was a web developer at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he led the newsroom’s digital initiatives and was a key player in its innovation incubator. Through digital storytelling Grant crafts beautiful user experiences that often incorporate data visualization and leverage new story forms. Grant has found a second calling training journalists in digital storytelling techniques and is focused on mentoring and encouraging young minority journalists to learn these skills and jump-start their careers. He is co-chair of the Online News Association HBCU Digital Media Fellows where, for the last two years, he has mentored and trained a small group of students from historically black colleges and universities in digital media. He also chairs the digital task force of the National Association of Black Journalists and is co-chair of the association’s HBCU task force. He regularly coaches and trains aspiring journalists and is a member of several professional journalism organizations.

Posts by Michael

The thing about FOMO, FUD, and FOJI is YOLO

There’s no one right way to spend a year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, the program directors say. What every fellow… (7 minute read)

The gift of repair

My first class assignment at Stanford was simple: Find a nice, quiet place to yell — at the top of my lungs — and journal the experience… (6 minute read)

On Making The Leap From Print Designer To Web Developer

It was a strange Labor Day evening — strange because I’ve never taken this holiday to reflect on the fruits of my labor or lack thereof. I… (6 minute read)

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