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Steve Tarzia joins Knight Lab as a professional fellow

Last week Knight Lab welcomed Steve Tarzia as a new professional fellow. During his fellowship, under a program supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Tarzia will work to make a gun violence site he founded more sustainable. Tarzia, who has a Ph.D. in computer science and has worked on development teams at several Chicago companies, launched GunMemorial.org in December and will work at Knight Lab for the next three

Brainstorming ideas for social network analysis in investigations and journalism

This year’s CAR conference has had many discussions about organizing data and surfacing stories, whether it’s through crowdsourcing personal stories in Al Jazeera’s “Uganda Speaks” project or by analyzing 80,000 censored Weibo posts in ProPublica’s “China’s Memory Hole.” Social network analysis, which is the analysis of the connections linking people, businesses and organizations, provides opportunities to uncover critical, and otherwise unknown, connections among such entities. For a while now, the  Lab has been

Knight Lab team at NICAR 2014

Hello, NICAR 2014. It’s lovely to see you all again. Knight Lab’s brought a small(large) crew to Baltimore for this year’s annual conference. Some of us are old friends and some of us are just dying to get to know you. So, please, don’t be shy. Reach out and say hello! Student fellows: Alex Duner (freshman, developer, journalism) Tyler Fisher (senior, developer, journalism) — Find Tyler at the student brown bag lunch and

Noticias del futuro Knight Lab: My talk at #hhba #mediaparty

Last week, my partner-in-crime and the chief nerd around the Lab, Joe Germuska, and I had the privilege to join what just might be the largest Hacks/Hackers gathering in the history of the grassroots journalism organization at the Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party. The group is reporting over 900 people participated in its three-day gathering, with participants coming from all over North and South America, plus Africa! This year’s event was its second and was organized

Updates from the past six months, PLUS! Come be a student fellow

Last week was my first anniversary here at the Lab. I came to this job with the intention of substantially chipping away at the media-stack, innovative-systems-for-news-publications, journalism-tech “problem.” Well, that expectation was quite naïve. A university is not positioned to produce and support substantial, commercial-level software technology. One can expect ideas and students from a university. The product that a university contributes to the world is its students. We are, however, positioned quite well to invent, design, build and support services like TimelineJS, SoundciteJS and the soon-to-be-launched StoryMapJS. And the Lab’s model is designed to maximize ideas and prototypes generated by the schools’ collaborative “Innovation in Journalism and Technology” class. I completely under-estimated the effect working with students would have on the Lab, or on me. In fact, I really like how the Lab’s own Rich Gordon put it recently …

Newsroom developer? Why? Journalism matters and it is in crisis is why.

I care deeply about journalism and it is in crisis. Journalism matters. The free press is important to a functioning democracy. Journalism has the power to change the world. There are few moments in time more innovative, entrepreneurial and exciting than right now in the news industry. It amazes me how often I find myself talking about journalism’s design problem and that technologists are struggling to understand why the digital transition has been so