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.

All work and no play makes for a boring, uncreative fellow

Kirk Caraway sailing

You can’t help but be awed and inspired by the serious competitive nature of the university’s sailing and rowing teams when you enter the Stanford Boathouse in Redwood City.

Competitive journalist becomes full convert to collaboration gospel

Wilson Liévano on collaboration

Exclusive! Scoop! That’s what journalists live for. Information is guarded until the project is published. But that doesn’t work for projects involving journalism innovation.

Knight projects address African journalists’ security needs

Ivory Coast Protest

African journalists concerned about security on mobile platforms came to the U.S. to see what Silicon Valley could teach them.

Google chief urges newspapers to rethink – and help themselves

Richard Gingras

Media organizations need to blow up and re-engineer the ways they gather and distribute news, and the way they do business.

Best way to innovate? Start with yourself

I am the prototype

Do I see value in believing you really can change yourself, your thinking, your actions? That the future of journalism can actually be bright and exciting? Yup.

‘The scoop is dead’, and other news industry trends

Anita Zielina

Changes in reading habits, economic challenges, new technical possibilities: it’s an ideal situation for media companies to promote innovation and remain relevant in a changing world.