Knight Fellows take an innovation field trip to the Big Apple

BuzzFeed Newsroom

During a recent trip to the East Coast, Knight Fellows spoke with newsroom leaders in New York and Washington, D.C., about tactics for innovation.

Fail fast and bounce back: what alt-weeklies can learn from the startup mentality

Fail Forward

In a disrupted news landscape, local publications need to think like startups: try things, fail fast, and remember that life is a prototype.

What do today’s news consumers really want?


Fellows spent a Saturday asking people in San Francisco two fundamental questions: In this digital age, how do you get your news, and why?

From South Sudan to China: When global events affect fellowship projects


When South Sudan descended into violence, Knight Fellow Kennedy Jawoko had to pivot. The result is a new collaboration between Fellows.

The future of media: attention-driven and bright

Knight Fellows at the Future of Media Conference

At Stanford’s Future of Media Conference, Knight Fellows talked with digital media entrepreneurs and industry leaders about the future of journalism, TV, mobile media, and much more.

How do you make a wall talk?

Chalk Stencil

My Art in the Streets class has provided me with new insights for my journalism challenge.

Riptide: The epic collision between journalism and digital technology

Digital Riptide

Riptide authors, Twitter execs, and internet luminaries discussed the convergence of journalism

Knight Fellow Danyel Smith on mastering social media

Danyel Smith's social media presentation

“Always be connected,” Smith told Knight Fellows yesterday. “Social media is a lifestyle.”

Fellow from Pakistan discovers Silicon Valley is also a state of mind

Students in Pakistan have new ideas but kill them when they think of the resources they will need. Others think there is nothing new to create.

Knight gets second chance at making the best of Stanford

Eric Ortiz graduating from Stanford

Life at Stanford as a husband and father is a little different from roaming The Farm as a single, wet-behind-the-ears freshman in 1992.

The Syrian conflict … in 5 minutes

During my year as a John S. Knight Fellow, I developed a news animation studio that produces videos that explain complex topics in five minutes or less.

A fig tree turns out to be a ‘disruptive’ element

Knight Fellow Adriana Garcia says a fig tree at her Palo Alto house reminds her of the one in her grandmother's backyard in Spain.

The tree “made me think of my Spanish grandma. … her love poured especially into the fig jams she prepared at the end of every summer.”

Venture capitalist gives a peek into his profession

John Glynn, founder and managing director of Glynn Capital management

Only a fraction of the thousands of small companies vying to attract venture capital make it to the next level. For media companies, the bar is even higher.

What makes Stanford special? Learning and doing are closely linked

Two boys in a remote village in Sierra Leone

What I think makes Stanford special is its commitment to frame these courses as project-based efforts to find real solutions.

I am the architect of my year … next up, the rest of my life

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Here in the Knight Fellowship, I don’t necessarily work less than I did at my job. I work different.

Tracking down the ancestry of First Lady Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama as a baby with parents and brother

Rachel Swarns describes what she learned when she explored First Lady Michelle Obama’s family tree.

Can journalism and gaming technology ever be friends?

Game designer Noah Falstein

“From both the linear (movies, TV, news) and that interactive side, we’re learning to grow together a little bit.” – Noah Falstein, game designer

Is seeing believing?

Sam Stewart

My aim is to research existing and emergent tools that identify digital manipulations to help media vet and verify images before publishing.

Journalists talk about life in the Knight Fellowships

Fellows view election results

“Looking for finding new ways to do what I do was really attractive. The full-time job here is to look at ways to disrupt and innovate.”

Making sure news and information gets to ALL the public

Latoya Peterson writes about the digital divide

How do we bridge the digital divide? And can technology be leveraged to find users who are not in the market for news and information?

Abraham Verghese: balancing passions

Dr. Abraham Verghese with patients.

“Writing is part of being a doctor. I write to understand what I am thinking, to reflect on what happened.” – Abraham Verghese