Friday, May 9, 2014

Knight Fellows offer new ideas in journalism

Twenty Knight Journalism fellows at Stanford on Monday night presented their visions on what journalism is and what it will look like moving forward. They have spent the past year, while taking breaks from their professional jobs, developing concepts and prototypes that will push journalism forward.

Xconomy.com summarized some of the top ideas:

• Briefly.tv – According to Umbreen Bhatti, many journalists say they don’t cover legal stories because they’re too complicated and, except at a courthouse, few can be found who want to cover such stories. In response, she has created a tool for television journalists that “does some of the work for them,” interviewing potential sources for a database-like platform that helps journalists cut through the barriers and tell stories regarding the legal system.

• The Dazzles are Shazna Nessa’s way of allowing readers to help decide what is good journalism. The goal is to allow journalists to know what resonates with our audiences so that we may better serve them.

• Voyz.es – Pitched by Ana Maria Carrano, this is a platform that aims to allow journalists and citizens to record and share audio—“think document cloud for voices,” she said. After speaking with more than 50 journalists who said they transcribed up to 10 interviews a week (each one taking up to two hours), she wanted to capitalize on the pieces of the interviews that don’t make it to print.

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