‘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.

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.