Tag: crunchberry project

by Rich Gordon

Our Knight News Challenge scholarship program to educate "programmer-journalists" at the Medill School at Northwestern University just won some significant external validation. The Online News Association yesterday announced the finalists for this year’s Online Journalism Awards, and two of the finalists resulted directly from the scholarship initiative. News Mixer, the "conversations around news" site created [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Since we announced the launch of News Mixer, a Web application developed by Medill master’s students to demonstrate new ways of fostering conversations around news, the site has gotten a lot of positive feedback. News Mixer is the final project for six graduate journalism students, including two "programmer-journalists" attending Medill on Knight News Challenge scholarships. [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

The Crunchberry Project — six graduate journalism students, including two "programmer-journalists" attending the Medill School on Knight News Challenge scholarships — set out this fall to solve two challenging problems: Improving conversations around news, and building news engagement among young adults. Here’s what they came up with: News Mixer. It melds three "commenting structures" — [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Social software — technology that enables interactions among multiple people — has existed for almost a half century now. (Clay Shirky, in a widely linked essay on this topic, traces the roots of social software to the PLATO system, built at the University of Illinois in the early 1960s.) I’m using the term "social software" [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Placeblogger, a Knight News Challenge winner from 2007, has launched a new design and announced that it is now indexing more than 3,000 "placeblogs" — Web sites that deliver, as founder Lisa Williams puts it, "an act of sustained attention to a particular place over time … about the lived experience of a place." The [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

My "innovation project" team of master’s students at the Medill School is tackling two interesting challenges: (1) improving the tools available for online interaction around news (for instance, better ways of commenting) and (2) engaging young adults in local news. They’ve decided to take advantage of Facebook Connect in building a news-interaction site. This means [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

The Crunchberry Project is now officially past the halfway point, and I’m getting a clearer picture of what our student team can accomplish in the remainder of the fall quarter at the Medill School. The students’ vision is coalescing around a Web site that enables young adults to interact with news and information via different [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

In my experience in media companies and academia, developing or implementing new software is almost always a painful process. The people who are going to use the software can’t communicate what they want, and the developers don’t understand the end users’ needs. The developers think the end users have unreasonable expectations, while the end users [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Team Crunchberry — so-called because we’re thinking about Cedar Rapids, Iowa, home of a large Quaker Oats cereal factory responsible for the nickname "City of the Five Smells" — has emerged from its ideation process with a core idea and a target audience. The six-student team has created three personas representing 20-34-year-olds in eastern Iowa, [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

The Crunchberry Project — the innovation class that includes the first two Knight News Challenge programmer-journalists — is moving forward rapidly. The six journalism master’s students involved in the project started out exploring "conversations around news." As their instructor, I challenged them to build some kind of site or service that connects people to one [...] more »