Dan Sinker

by Dan Sinker

2012 has been a pretty incredible year for the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project. We received 165 applications for our 2013 Fellowships (we were expecting around 80) and are now actively interviewing semifinalists. By the end of the year, we will have sponsored at least 20 hack days around the world. Our website Source, a destination for [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

Four news partners that will host 2013 Knight-Mozilla Fellows recently made their pitch for why they’re involved with the Knight-Mozilla Fellowship program, what they’re hoping to do with their fellows, and why applying to become one may be the best thing you do this week. Aron Pilhofer outlines an ambitious vision for the New York [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

As the deadline to apply to become a 2013 Knight-Mozilla Fellow approaches, there’s one question often comes up: Why would I want to work as a developer in the newsroom? There are all sorts of reasons—from being in the room when news breaks, to working with a community of people creating the future of an [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

Way back in November, as the ideas that led to Knight-Mozilla’s OpenNews relaunch were starting to be articulated, I wrote about the need for something to “shine a spotlight” on the code being written in journalism: I think that there’s real work to be done in advocating for, shining a spotlight on, and helping to [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

There’s no better example of the global scale of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project than the dualing hack days we recently sponsored in New York City and Buenos Aires. In New York, we gave money for travel scholarships to bring top-notch developers to town to take part in the Wall Street Journal’s Data Transparency Weekend, which [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

It’s only the start of April, and already it’s been a big year for the Knight-Mozilla Partnership. We’ve placed four fellows at the BBC, the Guardian, Zeit Online, and Al Jazeera. (A fifth fellow, at the Boston Globe, will be starting a little later this spring.) We’ve renamed and refocused the partnership under the Knight-Mozilla [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

I spent a rapid-fire 23 hours in St. Louis this weekend at the NICAR 12 conference. For those who don’t know, NICAR stands for “National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting,” and, as the slightly antiquated name might suggest, was founded long before the commercial Internet, back in 1989. Traditionally, the organization (which is run by IRE, [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

Change is awesome — it’s a necessary component to anything remaining vital and a required ingredient to facilitate organic growth. And so it’s with real excitement that today I’m announcing changes to the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership. Before we get to the changes, some quick background: Conversations around the original partnership began in 2010, with [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

This week on MediaShift, we’re exploring the moving target that is teaching journalism. Stay tuned as we offer tips, tools and insights on educating tomorrow’s journalists. “Beyond J-School 2011” is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

This week I’ve spent a lot of time writing about the opportunities that lie at the intersection of open-source philosophies and journalism. Today the “thinking out loud” stops, and the “making it happen” begins. And that begins with the announcement of the 2011/12 Knight-Mozilla fellows. But before I get to that, a quick background: In [...] more »