Life of a Fellow
Dispatches from current fellows about their Stanford experience.
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.
The first two weeks at Stanford is perhaps closer to “The Gates of Hell,” metaphorically speaking, when you are feeling “temporarily incompetent.”
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.
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.
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.
It takes more than a clear head to speak with power; you’ve got to prepare your body, too.
The goal is to create a model for an entirely community-driven, crowd-sourced investigative project.
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.
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.
African journalists concerned about security on mobile platforms came to the U.S. to see what Silicon Valley could teach them.
Media organizations need to blow up and re-engineer the ways they gather and distribute news, and the way they do business.
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.
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.
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.
Chloe Veltman introduces her first “live, immersive event” linked to her radio show VoiceBox, about the human voice and music.
Datafest not only produced interesting analytical results, it also illuminated possible ways forward for data journalism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.