How I learned to embrace being uncomfortable


It’s a sign of something worthy of listening and learning.

25 things I learned at Stanford the first quarter of the year I set out to change my life

Lisa Rossi and Dawn Garcia

About one year ago, I sat at my kitchen table, working on my application for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University.

Potential FCC move could decrease number of local journalists across America

Broadcast tower

TVNewsCheck today reports the latest in a series of moves that is reshaping local television — and along with it local journalism.

6 things I learned about journalism  —  and myself  —  after visiting my hometown in rural Iowa

Town welcome sign

I spoke with my longtime colleagues and friends about how the business model for local news is broken.

The News Quality Scoring Project: Surfacing Great Journalism From The Web

Knight Prototype Fund Projects

The NQS project I started at Stanford this year is part of a series of new initiatives aimed at tackling misinformation.

How can we offer millennials more engaging ways to consume international news in Japan?

Umbrella Revolution

The smell was getting stronger and I couldn’t open my eyes. I heard someone screaming. “Help me, Help me…”

What´s the purpose of journalism? Impact. Three lessons on how to measure it.

New York City

Reach is still the main incentive in newsrooms: clicks, print run, the market share. Let´s be honest. Focusing on nothing but reach is not only one sided, it’s also misleading.

For Local Audio News, No More Free Rides

Sound Effect Podcast

We’re now asking listeners to do something they’ve never had to do before: seek out, and pay for, local audio news as a stand-alone product.

Welcome to Portable Journalism

Portable Journalism

The relationship between newsrooms and freelance journalists is in trouble. On one side are the newsrooms, which continue to lay off staff and shrink budgets. On the other side are the new journalists, bored of working full-time in a traditional medium.

Rural newsrooms don’t have to struggle in solitude


Newspaper closures and consolidation over the past 15 years have created “news deserts” where there are inadequate journalism resources to properly cover local governments. The trend threatens the bond between news organizations and their communities.

California leads. Its media should, too.

California Republic

If California is a virtual nation-state, where is its national media outlet?

Empathy is at the core of good design

Design Thinking

Empathy should also be at the core of good journalism

Not Gonna Lie, I’m Kinda Scared.

Mighty Woman

As I wrap an amazing year as a JSK Fellow at Stanford, I find myself thinking again and again of one of my favorite “you got this” anthems, Lily Allen’s Sheezus.

Closing the gender gap in journalism

Gender Gap

There’s lots of evidence that gender disparities in news organizations persist across media, including print, broadcast, Internet and wires.

The toll of online ads

Ad free graph

The problem, as I saw it, is that online advertising takes a greater toll on our lives than it generates in ad revenue for publishers. And everything I’ve researched this past year has confirmed that to be true.

What happens when English language learners meet English language podcasts?


News podcasts and English language learners don’t seem to talk to each other often. They don’t hang out in the same places, and so it’s unlikely they would date but if they did, they’d create sparks.

Exploring Collaborative Journalism


I wanted to talk to as many people as possible who were interested in collaboration or already doing collaborative projects. I want to know what’s working, what’s not and what needs to be better.

Will Alexa Destroy Us?

Flash Briefing

How your radio newsroom should think about smart speakers and digital assistants, and how two non-developers built a product on one

Saying ¡Gracias! for an unforgettable year as a JSK affiliate

Año Nuevo

How did I manage to saunter into a class on the unbelievably beautiful Stanford campus, with its towering palm trees and carved sandstone edifices, and get to take part, even though my undergrad days are well in the rearview mirror?

Sixty days to move

Window view

When the chance of a lifetime, getting a Stanford fellowship, also means uprooting your life, moving two kids and a house across country.

Zombie movies are a parable for collaborative journalism

Dark scene

Things are getting bad and not all of us are going to make it out alive.