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Blog: April 2013

Michael Lopp on Apple, managing humans and disruptive technology

Using the theory ‘Hire humans. Not skills. Not roles.’ as inspiration, the Lab’s profiles are Q&As with highly-impressive makers and strategists from media and its fringes, each with unique perspectives on journalism, publishing and communications technology. We’re talking to smart people who are shaping the future of media. Not all of them work in a newsroom, not all are big names, not all have fancy titles, but each are bright people with something to say. We’re kicking off this new feature with a technologist who, in part, inspired this series: Silicon Valley-based engineering manager and author, Michael Lopp.

Untangled: New Lab project aims to improve browser-based knowledge management for journalists

When we canvassed the community at News Foo late last fall, many people described tools they’d like to see which help journalists manage and make sense of data. These suggestions encouraged us to make a specific 2013 initiative we’re calling “Reporters’ Notebook,” in which we’ll look at existing tools and imagine new ones. As one step in brainstorming possibilities, we returned to a student project called Untangld. This project came out of our collaborative

What is Knight Lab? Technology, editorial content and events

Three tiers of Knight Lab: Technology, Editorial and Events

Immediately following the announcement of our new blog, my inbox was flooded with questions like these: Is Knight Lab making a content play? Are you all trying to be Nieman Lab? Reporters’ Lab? Short answer: No. As this journalism nerd lab evolves, we have found it necessary to expand the definition of our output. We are interested in building software and technology, first and foremost … Of course. And, we are primarily driven

What we learned hosting three Chicago Crime Hacks

group at the Chicago Crime Hack in Pilsen

On Saturday the Knight Lab 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 of new folks, came up with some new ideas, and ate some delicious tamales in the process. It felt to us like a success, but it’s fair to say we got better at hosting hacks with a

Design thinking on Chicago’s crime data — Chicago Crime Hack

paper prototype from chicago crime hack

On Saturday the Knight Lab hosted its second in a series of three Chicago Crime Hacks, which help hackers explore Chicago’s crime data via the Chicago Tribune’s Crime API. This weekend, in addition to all the usual hack day activities, attendees participated in a unique design thinking exercise. After a brief bit of instruction from Joe Germuska, Heather Billings and David Eads about how to navigate the API, curious hackers, students, Knight Lab fellows and members from the

Trying to find your place in the future of news? Find it with a Knight Lab writing fellowship

Hey, reporters, writers, and bloggers! The Knight Lab has a few fun paying reporting gigs open and we’d like all you bright Northwestern students to apply. The job will give you the opportunity to learn more about technology in journalism, make connections in the news and technology industries, and add professional clips for your portfolio. As a Knight Lab editorial contributor, you’ll help the Lab cover interesting people and cool projects from around