Falling in love with writing — all over again

Christina Passariello

The data I have is worthless if I can’t tie it to human experience. Characters and narrative are as central to fiction writing as to journalistic writing.

International JSK Fellows share their experiences, hopes

Jing Jiang, Anh Hoà Truong and Najia Ashar

The biggest challenge, I think, was the culture shock. Western culture is very different from Eastern culture. It took us time to understand some social conventions.

I learned how to embrace failure — as the surest path to success

Najia Ashar

“All these activities, feedback, suggestions and ideas opened a whole new world to me and helped me to pursue my challenge in a more effective way.”

Newspaper economics in the digital age

Leading Organizations class

The ability of Apple and Google to collect unique information from their users — and keep it exclusively — gives them a great advertising advantage over smaller players in the market, like regional newspapers.

A case for constructive news: a passion finally defined

Ulrik Haagerup in the JSK Garage

Lack of in-depth analysis means the media is inclined to go for confrontational journalism, which provides for great entertainment but adds little value to the lives of people and alienates many.

11 ways to cure bad meetings – and be more creative and productive

Meeting in JSK Garage

When I heard a piece on NPR about how bad meetings are taking up more of our workdays, I tweeted the story and learned that I’m not the only one in our field who feels this way.

Journalists’ love-hate relationship with social media


Many journalists used very negative terms – “I got dragged in” or “I gave in” – when describing how they first signed up to sites like Facebook or Twitter.”

What millennials want: ‘To show the world our world’

Getting footage

“It’s just easy to assume that millennials don’t care about real news … The news should be the same for each generation.”

Journalism has much to gain from empathy research


One of the techniques of doing empathy research is to identify places facing problems similar to the one you are addressing. We explored healthy eating habits and regular exercise at the gym in rethinking the news ecosystem.

Listening as a designer, not a journalist, helped me look deeper

The d.school bus

Instead of tackling something people are fighting against (not enough time in the day), perhaps we should be helping them see journalism as something they’re working toward.

It’s a better time than ever to be a journalist

Mariana Santos in the JSK Garage

Getting into journalism is more exciting than ever before. There are new challenges, more opportunities for a wider group of voices than ever before, and the chance to build a media career that is uniquely yours.

Fellow helping to start local news site learns to step aside

Freddy Lopez

While I am not superfluous to the process, I am of necessity secondary. Ego has to be set aside to achieve the mission — my role is not even to guide, it is to pitch in and help.

On the frontline of media’s future with a trip down virtual reality lane

Project Syria Reflection Wall

Going to this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier exhibition hall on virtual reality, you cannot help but feel as if you are seated at the front row of the future of journalism.

Dreamworks, Twitter veteran sells storytelling with storymapping

Storymapping exercise

It’s not enough to know how to tell a story; you have to know how to sell one, too. – James Buckhouse, director of content, Sequoia Capital.

15 social media tips and tools for journalists

Social media icons

Journalists can use social media as a reporting tool — to find stories, for newsgathering, research, finding interviewees and more.

A day in the life of a JSK fellow

Snapshots from JSK fellows

Take a peek into some of the ways our fellows spend their days at Stanford — a photos by JSK fellows.

Are journalism schools teaching their students the right skills?

KQED Hackathon

If you are a journalism educator or media professional, I have news for you: We work in tech.

With new collaboration, Amie Ferris-Rotman’s project takes flight

Amie Ferris-Rotman in Afghanistan

Knight Fellow Amie Ferris-Rotman’s project, Sahar Speaks!, will partner with the International Women’s Media Foundation.

“A new medium”: how virtual reality can change the news

Knight Fellows visit Jaunt

During a visit to startup Jaunt, Knight Fellows learned about the implications of virtual reality for a more immersive news experience.

“Dead trees and ink”: Todd Vogt on the future of local newspapers

A Q&A with San Francisco Media Co. president Todd Vogt on the importance and future of newspapers in the Bay Area.

From ISOJ, insights on the future of news

Knights at ISOJ

Everyone’s heard of South by Southwest. But Austin’s smaller and slightly geekier International Symposium on Online Journalism is also a big draw for Knight Fellows, staff, and alumni.