Tag: knight lab

by Shelly Tan

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. Learning a new programming language is both the most exciting and the most humbling experience. For me, that language has recently been Python, which I’ve been learning over these last few months. And as every coder knows, the best way to learn a language is [...] more »

by Suyeon Son

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. Knight Lab’s Rebecca Lai watches me type every letter of a long file name — something like pythonreallylongfilename1234567.py — into Sublime. After the first couple letters, she cannot contain herself. “TAB COMPLETE! TAB COMPLETE!” If there’s an apt analogy for the way Lai must feel [...] more »

by Anushka Patil

Recently, 30 journalism and computer science students in Northwestern’s Collaborative Innovation in Journalism and Technology class presented nine new media prototypes. The prototypes, developed in a 10-week quarter, cater to various audiences in the media equation — tools for journalists, software for publishers, and applications that could be useful or fun for media consumers. Occasionally, [...] more »

by Ryan Graff

This post was written by Ryan Graff of the Northwestern University Knight Lab and originally appeared on the Lab’s blog as part of a series of Q&As with smart people who are shaping the future of media. Follow the series here. Last month Travis Swicegood announced he’d taken a job at the Texas Tribune that [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

When I started using software to analyze data as a reporter in the late 1980s, “data journalism” ended once my stories were published in the newspaper. Now the publication of the story is just the beginning. The same data can also be turned into compelling visualizations and into news applications that people can use long [...] more »

by Ryan Graff

This post was written by Ryan Graff of the Northwestern University Knight Lab and originally appeared on the Lab’s blog as part of a series of Q&As with highly impressive makers and strategists from media and its fringes, each with unique perspectives on journalism, publishing and communications technology. Catch up and/or follow the series here. [...] more »

by Ryan Graff

This post was written by Ryan Graff of the Knight News Innovation Lab and originally appeared on the Lab’s blog. The Knight Lab recently hosted its third and final Chicago Crime Hack with an event at the Cibola co-working space in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. We drew our largest crowd yet, got to meet a ton [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Why did the Washington Post become the first media company to invest in a Northwestern University program to educate computer programmers in journalism? "It comes down to credibility," said Greg Franczyk, who helped arrange the partnership with Northwestern’s Medill School and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to offer scholarships to computer programmers [...] more »

by Miranda Mulligan

This post was written by Miranda Mulligan, executive director of the Knight News Innovation Lab, and originally appeared on the the Knight Lab blog. A significant portion of the Knight Lab team was fortunate enough to join the Mozilla Festival in London, November 9-12. This incredible event, hosted by the Mozilla Foundation, is in its [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Here’s a recipe for innovation: Start with an interesting problem in journalism, media or publishing. Catch some journalism students. Mix in some computer science students. Mold into interdisciplinary teams. Stick in the oven for 11 weeks and see what happens. For three years now, Northwestern University has offered classes in which journalism and computer science [...] more »