2019 JSK Fellows arrive at Stanford University

It’s back-to-school time, and we’re welcoming a new group of John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellows to Stanford University.

The JSK Journalism Fellowships Class of 2019 is just arriving on campus to begin their orientation. They are 17 remarkable journalism leaders from across the U.S. and around the world. They include people leading significant change at every level of journalism on five continents, from running local news startups and creating cutting-edge forms of storytelling to managing global investigative collaborations.

They will spend 10 months at Stanford and in Silicon Valley performing experiments and testing ideas on projects that address some of the most urgent issues in journalism, issues we believe lie at the core of improving the quality of news and information reaching the public: challenging misinformation and disinformation; holding the powerful accountable; strengthening local news; and fighting bias, intolerance and injustice.

We’re looking forward to seeing the work they do on their individual journalism projects, learning to collaborate on common goals as well, so their ideas may flourish into action. Here’s a look at their projects. Please reach out if you have ideas for collaborating or just having conversations with this remarkable group of fellows.

Dawn Garcia is director of the JSK Journalism Fellowships.

JSK Fellowships Class of 2019

Roman Anin | editor of investigations, Novaya Gazeta, Moscow | aninr@stanford.edu
How might we automate some of the basic tasks in investigative journalism to give reporters more time to do meaningful work?

Florencia Coelho | new media research and training manager, La Nacíon, Buenos Aires | fcoelho@stanford.edu
How might we increase awareness of how data science can benefit journalism?

Peter DiCampo | photojournalist and co-founder, Everyday Africa, Seattle | dicampo@stanford.edu
How might we help people with opposing perspectives better communicate in today’s fractured media landscape?

Laura Hertzfeld | director Journalism 360, Online News Association, Santa Monica, California | leh4@stanford.edu
How can journalists use immersive technology to cover inequality more effectively?

Chris Horne | founder and publisher, The Devil Strip, Akron Ohio | cmhorne@stanford.edu
How might we create a co-op business model for local news that improves financial sustainability, builds social capital and encourages better journalism?

Mandy Jenkins | editor-in-chief, Storyful | mmjenkins@stanford.edu
How might news organizations fight misinformation by learning from the people who believe it and share it?

Akilah Johnson | reporter, The Boston Globe | akjohn@stanford.edu
How might newsrooms use mobile technology to disseminate information in communities that are underserved by the media?

Joel Konopo | co-founder and managing partner, INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, Gaborone, Botswana | konopo@stanford.edu
How might journalists in emerging democracies use technology to promote transparency in political funding?

Geraldine Moriba | president and executive producer, Moriba Media, New York | gmoriba@stanford.edu
How might journalists use artificial intelligence to identify bias in reporting and foster change?

Katie Palmer | senior editor, Wired, San Francisco | kmpalmer@stanford.edu
How might we help journalists navigate new formats for scientific data and support their reporting?

Benjamin Petit | photojournalist and co-director, #Dysturb, New York | bpetit@stanford.edu
How might we reach audiences beyond the traditional media channels and news filter bubbles?

Cécile Prieur | deputy editor, Le Monde, Paris | prieur@stanford.edu
How might we combine the rise of paid content business models with the democratic necessity of broad access to media?

Ronny Rojas | data editor, Univision News, Miami | rrojash@stanford.edu
How might we build collaborative networks of investigative journalists to better tell the stories of people who migrate from Central America to the United States?

Sarah Shourd | freelance journalist, Oakland, California | sshourd@stanford.edu
How might journalism use immersive storytelling tools, such as VR and theater, to help audiences engage across divides?

Tom Van de Weghe | international correspondent, VRT News, Brussels, tomvdw@stanford.edu
How might we use technology to detect misinformation in video and implement a ratings system to rank the trustworthiness of the content?

H R Venkatesh | ICFJ Knight Fellow, New Delhi |  hrv@stanford.edu
How might news organizations collaborate on fighting disinformation in communities with multiple languages and limited access to the internet?

Marina Walker Guevara | deputy director, International Consortium of Investigative journalists, Washington, D.C. | marinawg@stanford.edu
How might investigative journalists use artificial intelligence to more efficiently work with big, messy data?