Photography: The day Beyoncé entered the Influencer economy

Beyonce introduces Blue Ivy to the world in this picture released on Tumblr in 2012.

Beyoncé shook up the economy of celebrity photography by cutting off intermediaries and going directly to her audience, thus creating a new model.

Getting Even


Men and women should get mad. And then get even — as in even pay, opportunity and success.

Beyond Journalism +Computation


How can we produce high quality journalism, and reduce costs, with less income (subscription fees and advertising revenue), and fewer talented people? Because of this serious and contradictory situation, a computational approach is being aggressively pursued.

Quality for news is mostly about solving the reputation issue

News signals

Working on a quality score for publishers and authors is an effective way to mine quality from the web — and to fight fake news. To do this, we need to find, combine and weight the right “signals”.

“Creative Innovation” class at Stanford #2

“Call a food cart to school”, “Invite a famous chef to school”, “Have a potluck party” “Make a field trip to local farmers”…ideas overflowed one after another and the whiteboard was covered by a number of post-its immediately.

Wyoming should be a sanctuary state


Of course the “Equality State” should welcome refugees and immigrants. We pride ourselves as neighborly and eager to offer a “hand up” rather than a “hand out,” as the saying goes.

“Creating Innovation” classes at Stanford

“Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only MAKE.” It is this message that inspires an entrepreneurial spirit.

Journalism changes that matter: From competition to collaboration


In the long arc of our industry, this is the time when collaboration emerges as more than just a thing newsrooms do as a luxury or a novelty.

When You Can’t Escape the Road

Juan Pablo Meneses

Los Angeles Times Review of Books interview with JSK Fellow Juan Pablo Meneses.

Lessons in inclusive hiring: what I’ve learnt

Workplace diversity

It’s time consuming, labour intensive, and a constant work in progress.

A New Model for Medium


There is a need for platform such as Medium. Its only way up is monetizing quality using a two-sided, paid-for system.

Reading comics, reading for pleasure & why it matters


Comics let me jump into worlds where I can stay submerged for hours: no need to come back up for the practical things like air and discourse.

We say we don’t hate our audiences. Our mobile strategies suggest otherwise.

Examples of mobile UX

Some people’s phones are filled with photos of their families, of their friends, of beautiful landscapes, of adorable pets. My phone is a museum of rage-inducing mobile experiences.

Facebook’s walled wonderland is inherently incompatible with news


Setting aside the need to fix its current PR nightmare, Facebook has no objective interest in fixing its fake stories problem.

What I’ve learnt from life changing class at Stanford exercise

“Write your eulogy by next Monday! Please take this seriously, otherwise your partner will be unable to work!” That was my first task in a Stanford University class.

Goodbye, Democracy

Ohio newspaper of yore.

Local media and the Age of Trump

A model for dealing with ad blockers

Monte Carlo

First, value your audience. Then think about how to treat them.

News media missed the “small” stories and lost the big picture

Parachuting in

How can we make sure that we don’t keep repeating the same mistake? Collaboration.

If you’re serious about news, you need to be serious about mobile

Washington Posts on mobile screenshots

The Post would rightly reject any suggestion that it is of low editorial quality. And yet the screenshots of the Post’s article pages on mobile hew much closer to what you would expect of a “tabloid”, in the pejorative sense.

Standing Rock, from Stanford

No DAPL protestor

A young Native American man stood on the outdoor stage before a melancholy crowd at Stanford’s White Memorial Plaza on Thursday evening. He tilted his head back and broke the silence with a shriek.

United, if (respectfully) divided

Political See-Saw

To cherish each other we must strive to understand each other.