These are different roads

Rural road

I spent the first 18 years of my life being defined by the chaos of my circumstances. I spent the next ten figuring out what my identity outside of that world is. And now I’m finally reconciling how the two go together.

Life inside the bubble

Eucalyptus grove, Stanford University

At Stanford, in the JSK Fellowship program, in the Graduate School of Business, in the, in talks with thinkers and tinkerers, it was a new world.

How I found hope studying war crimes at Stanford

Ceasefire negotiation

What impressed me most about these exchanges was a sense of hope among the students — unlike journalists, who tend to be cynical, or government officials, who tend to be jaded.

Aiming to change the way news is delivered in 10 months, but hoping to work slowly

Fog Approaching Stanford Campus

It’s hard not to buy into the mythology that opportunity is like fog here. Most of the time it looks just like clouds, beautiful but stubbornly overhead.

Digging Data to Grow Audience


The problem inside many news organizations is that they are so hyper-focused on trying to figure out who their existing users are that they totally ignore potential users.

Everything is illuminated

Daniela Pinheiro

As a JSK Fellow, everything you think about yourself, your work, your capacity to learn, to experiment — everything is disrupted.

How a data expert deals with tech brain meltdown

Matadero Trail

Seeing the rise of “machine learning” techniques from the classroom isn’t just an amazing insight into possible software futures, it’s a window into how other disciplines are exploiting new technologies.

Creative writing is also an essential journalism tool

Tobias Wolff's creative non-fiction class

In the world today, writing that draw readers, writing con brio, is more critical than it has ever been to journalism.

Something better than a JSK Fellowship? (Hint) it starts with JSK and ends with ‘Affiliate’

Jonathan Grotenstein at Stanford

It’s a little like summer camp, if summer camp were an international coterie of passionate, whip-smart super-achievers scrambling to milk as much as they can out of a year.

How to best understand Silicon Valley? Send your kid to school in Palo Alto!

After School Drawing

You can meet with startup founders and have coffee with venture capitalists. Yet having a child attend school here provides you with the best insights as to why this area is so successful.

A world where transition and uncertainty are embraced

Whiteboard design exercise

Feeling comfortable with uncertainty, experimenting with new things, cross-pollinating between disciplines, prototyping, testing and iterating are some of the things I’ve learned at Stanford.

How I won a hackathon and helped fight online hate

The winning team

At one point during the process, I looked up at the other teams we were competing against, all of them as passionate and focused as we were — and I realized the importance of this mission.

An unexpected lesson: How I learned to receive praise

Thank you sign

The more you resist a compliment, the less you believe in yourself. And if you can’t believe in yourself, what organization would put you in charge?

What a Stanford sociologist’s research on race can teach journalists


The concept of “racial mobility” can advance and enrich research on race and inequality — and I’m convinced awareness of this concept and others like it could do the same for journalism.

A visible lesson from Hacks/Hackers Connect in S.F.

Hacks/Hackers Connect

At Hack/Hackers Connect San Francisco, JSK Fellow Subramaniam Vincent discovers that visuals are the key to defining startup goals.

JSK & Fellows team up to teach food systems innovation

Matthew Rothe

Our new team will be calling on readers to help answer some of the toughest questions about fixing both food and journalism.

Black Twitter and Beyond

"Black Twitter" panel at ONA '15

Niche media geared to under-covered minority groups, such as Rebel Latinos and Black Twitter, are filling the gap left by mainstream media. Journalists discuss their role and their future.

How to get media innovation off the ground and soaring

Dickens Olewe

In the Global South, societies and governments are just beginning to look closely at the dos and dont’s of the emerging digital media landscape. This may turn digital innovators into digital activists.

My partner got a fellowship at Stanford, and so did I

Clotilde Vascony at the Bechtel International Center, Stanford University.

All the benefits that open to fellows are also open to us, their affiliates!

Fellow finds microfunding can have macro impact

Now that my JSK fellowship is almost over, the funder I’ll remember most is the first one I found. His check for $317.96 helped students attend the first production day for my project.

Using Data for the Culture Beat

Janelle Monáe

Political, business, finance, health reporters and others use data for their beats, how can culture editors and reporters use data techniques to help us do our jobs better?