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.

Giving back: Finding my true purpose as a Knight Fellow

I’ve realized that the knowledge and technology that surround us at Stanford and in Silicon Valley are not just the selfish, cold instruments of business, but also powerful tools to help our communities.

Amping up my radio audience through live events – and ale

Chloe Veltman

Chloe Veltman introduces her first “live, immersive event” linked to her radio show VoiceBox, about the human voice and music.

Datafest: journalists, scientists, and engineers compete in campaign data crunch

Datafest not only produced interesting analytical results, it also illuminated possible ways forward for data journalism.

Forced outside the box – once again

Masood Farivar ('12) conducts an interview for radio in Afghanistan

The requirement that Knight Fellows come to Stanford with a proposal to improve journalism forces one to think outside the box. And when they get here, they get to think again.

Yes, the Fellowship is THAT good

Liz McClure at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto

While the Fellowship expects you to come with a project in mind, it mostly expects you to enjoy the academic year in a way that is meaningful to you.

It’s time to invest in journalism in the Middle East

Emad Mekay with with Djordje Padesjski

The Arab Spring, as difficult and as bloody as it has been, has created enormous local interest in news, contributing to a thriving news business overall.

My breathless life

2012 Knight Fellow Michelle Holmes at Google

Life moves fast here. Some days it feels almost like careening — or like I’ve been set free in a room with hundred dollar bills blowing overhead and just one minute to catch as many as I can.

Democratizing the news: More people, more ideas

Krishna Bharat, Deepa Fernandes and Michelle Holmes

Citizen journalists, many of whom come from communities ignored by the media, are able to access spaces and people in the community that are rarely featured in critical national debates.

Vallejo’s whales

Consuelo and Jorge

We notice that the Bay Area is huge, with lots of wetlands. But, according to the map, Vallejo is supposed to be full of whales.

‘Kitchen Sisters’ let food be their reporting tool

The Kitchen Sisters

“The Kitchen Sisters,” NPR producers Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, have won numerous awards for their extraordinary stories about ordinary people. What’s their secret recipe?

Finding treasures off the beaten path

“The Future of the Automobile” class quickly became one of my favorites because of the focus on addressing industry challenges with creative solutions.

The world may be virtual, but change is real

Claudia Nuñez tries on the virtual reality goggles.

Claudia Nuñez takes a virtual reality trip in Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, and discovers that the real world is changing faster than she thought.

Harpsichord lessons slow a frenetic soul

Beth Daley plays the harpsichord.

Wasn’t this my year to try something new? How hard could learning harpsichord be?

Data-mining: A gold mine for Guardian readers

Teresa Bouza (’12) interviews Simon Rogers, editor of the Guardian’s Datablog and Datastore. Bouza is working on making open-source data mining tools more accessible.

Times editor says media not ‘driven’ to data journalism

The term “data driven journalism” has suddenly become popular. Yet data illiteracy among journalists is high, according to Aron Pilhofer. But it’s not rocket science,” he said, and insisted it is “critical” for reporters to acquire at least some basic skills. In his opinion, it is still hard to get reporters to think about using data as a source, to …

The draw of Stanford’s design school

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