Rich Gordon

Rich Gordon is a professor and director of digital innovation. At Medill, he launched the school’s graduate program in new media journalism. He has spent most of his career exploring the areas where journalism and technology intersect. Prof. Gordon was an early adopter of desktop analytical tools (spreadsheets and databases) to analyze data for journalistic purposes. At The Miami Herald, he was among the first generation of journalists to lead online publishing efforts at newspapers. At Medill, he has developed innovative courses through which students have explored digital content and communities and developed new forms of storytelling that take advantage of the unique capabilities of interactive media. In addition to teaching and writing about digital journalism, he is director of new communities for the Northwestern Media Management Center, where he is responsible for a research initiative focusing on the impact of online communities, including social networks, on journalism and publishing.

by Rich Gordon

The Knight News Innovation Laboratory at Northwestern University is seeking a director of software engineering and several developers interested in working on software that improves the quality, accessibility or distribution of local news and information. The Knight Lab, supported by a four-year, $4.2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is […] more »

by Rich Gordon

The Knight News Innovation Laboratory at Northwestern University, whose mission is to “accelerate media innovation” in the Chicago region and beyond, is seeking an executive director. The lab, supported by a four-year, $4.2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is part of the Medill-McCormick Center for Innovation in Technology, Media […] more »

by Rich Gordon

If you want to follow the news, the web has a lot to offer: a wide variety of information sources, powerful search tools, and no shortage of sites where people can voice their opinions. At the same time, though, the web can be overwhelming. Hundreds of links turn up in a Google search. Relevant information […] more »

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At the Block By Block “community news summit” in September, operators of locally focused websites came together to share what they knew and learn from their peers. Almost all of them were looking for advice on how to support their sites financially. Here’s a start: “Sustaining Hyperlocal News: An Approach to Studying Local Business Markets,” […] more »

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When a Knight News Challenge grant made it possible to award journalism scholarships to people with backgrounds in computer science, no one — not even the first scholarship applicants — knew what career opportunities would be available to “programmer-journalists.” Five Knight scholars will graduate from Medill in December. Here’s the second of a series of […] more »

by Rich Gordon

When a Knight News Challenge grant made it possible to award journalism scholarships to people with backgrounds in computer science, no one — not even the first scholarship applicants — knew what career opportunities would be available to “programmer-journalists.” One of the first two Knight scholars wrote a guest post for Idea Lab suggesting eight […] more »

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In December 2008, a class of Northwestern University journalism master’s students — including two Knight "programmer-journalist" scholarship winners — unveiled a prototype news Web site called News Mixer. The site, one of the first to integrate Facebook Connect as a system for identity management, got a fair amount of attention for its novel approaches to […] more »

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Manya Gupta and Andrew Paley are the first Knight “programmer-journalist” scholarship winners to participate in the News21 multimedia reporting project, an initiative in its fifth year that engages some of the nation’s top journalism master’s students. The Northwestern University team that Manya and Andrew are part of is focusing on young urban Hispanics and “how […] more »

by Rich Gordon

Ever since the first Knight "programmer-journalist" scholars enrolled in the journalism master’s program at the Medill School, I have checked in with them around the midway point — and taken the opportunity to introduce them to the Idealab audience. As we mark the end of Medill’s spring quarter, it gives me great pleasure to introduce […] more »

by Rich Gordon

There is probably no government data used more by journalists — and non-journalists — than the trove of population and demographic information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. But while the bureau has kept improving its tools for online data access, it’s still a challenge for someone not well-versed in the workings of the census […] more »