Participation

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Participation
by Margaret Looney

Journalists needing a lean tool to create embeddable visualizations in a snap can give Silk a try. Silk is a data publishing platform that turns static spreadsheets into dynamic, customizeable web pages and embeddable visualizations, and the 3-year-old company recently launched a dedicated section just for journalists. Newsrooms like the Atlantic, Wired Italy, Huffington Post […] more »

Financial
by Desiree Everts

How do non-profit newsrooms become sustainable in the digital age? That’s the tricky question the INNovation Fund seeks to address by funding ideas that spur experimentation and innovation in non-profit newsrooms. The Investigative News Network has announced eight winners of the second round of its INNovation Fund, a partnership between the Knight Foundation and INN. […] more »

Financial
by Desiree Everts

The Knight Foundation today announced the latest winners of its Knight Prototype Fund. Eighteen projects will receive $35,000 to help them bring their concepts closer to fruition. The fund, launched in 2012, also gives winners a support network and the opportunity to receive human-centered design training in an effort bring early stage media ideas to […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

This post originally appeared on the Local News Lab. Recently, Laurenellen McCann gave a terrific talk about community, technology and how we can and should build for “inclusive community participation.” As I watched the video, she kept talking about “civic tech” and “civic hacking,” but I kept hearing “journalism” and “reporting.” The failures she is […] more »

Business
by John Clark

As our student startup teams embark on building a first prototype of a product idea, a common issue emerges: prioritizing what should go into the prototype. Something must go. Actually, almost everything should go. So in the Lab, we ask students to answer this question: What’s the one thing you need to know right now? […] more »

Business
by Heather Martino

New York City is home to a more than 1,000 new tech companies that host daily events, workshops, classes and conferences. Thanks to the Bloomberg administration’s Made in NY initiative, there’s never been a better time for a journalist to cover Silicon Alley and get involved in the burgeoning startup scene. Recognizing the strong connection […] more »

Best Practices
by A. Adam Glenn

The work of a unique gathering in New York last winter, aimed at helping media and communities find better ways to face climate risk, was captured in this four-and-a-half-minute video report by program organizer AdaptNY. Pipe cleaners, putty and plastic toys are not the usual newsroom paraphenalia. But on this particular day, in one ad-hoc […] more »

Participation
by J. Nathan Matias

How do you party with a group of people across four continents? As a trustee of Awesome Knowledge, I’m looking for great ways to celebrate our community and congratulate our grantees. Every month or two, we give $1,000 to an awesome project that spreads knowledge (learn more), and unlike most Awesome Foundations, we’re a distributed […] more »

Education
by John Clark

Uncertainty. Some people thrive on it while others others run from it. Our goal in the first two weeks of the Reese News Lab program is to get students to accept it. Associate Director Sara Peach and I spend most of our pre-semester planning time setting up the first week to help students face uncertainty. […] more »

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