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.

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.