Tag: programmer-journalist

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 Nathaniel James

I’m excited to announce the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership, a Mozilla Drumbeat project supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Journalism Program. For the next three years, we will have the opportunity to engage a huge community, bring people together for trainings and in-person events, and ultimately build software and thought leadership […] 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 »

by Rich Gordon

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 »

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.” 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 »

by Rich Gordon

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 »

by Rich Gordon

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 »