Multimedia

Mar 112013

How a Journalist and Technologist Collaborated to Improve Maps for News

In the current news environment, journalists and developers are increasingly calling upon and benefiting from one another's skills and expertise.

The nearly one-year-old InfoAmazonia is a product of such a partnership–and a testament to the power of collaboration.

2013 Knight Fellows

Four new Knight International Journalism Fellows will spread a culture of media innovation in Latin America. Left to right: Gustavo Faleiros, Mariana Santos, Miguel Paz, Mariano Blejman. Photo: Kaveh Sardari.

Brazil: Expand the Use of Satellite Mapping and Other Technologies to Improve Environmental Reporting

Knight International Journalism Fellow Gustavo Faleiros is building on the success of his 2012 Knight International Journalism Fellowship, when he launched a digital map that uses satellite feeds and other publicly available data to monitor the Amazon Basin region. He is expanding the map, called InfoAmazonia, to make it possible for news websites to easily generate and publish customized maps on the environment.

Feb 222013

How Making Maps is Evolving Online

Just 10 years ago, creating an interactive online map was complicated, if not impossible, for most Web users. Now, journalists can design attractive maps in the cloud and publish them in minutes.

And in recent years, the news industry has seen exciting opportunities for Web-based maps beyond Google. The two-year-old company MapBox is an important driver of this development.

A product of the Washington-based company Development Seed, MapBox gives newsrooms and bloggers the ability to control how maps look and what data appears on these maps.

Latin America: Improve Interactive Storytelling and Create a Corps of Tech-savvy Women in Newsrooms

Knight International Journalism Fellow Mariana Santos is creating teams of artists, developers and journalists to improve visual and interactive storytelling in Latin American media. This network will enrich story development, execution and digital delivery of news. Santos is introducing animation and other ways to use data in compelling ways in Brazil, Chile, and Costa Rica. A key goal is to create a corps of tech-savvy women in Latin American newsrooms.

Nigeria: Giving Citizens in the Niger Delta a Voice on Health Issues

Babatunde Akpeji is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who is building a network of citizen journalists to cover health in Nigeria’s Delta region, an area rich in resources but wracked by severe poverty.

Social Justice Reporting for a Global America: International Reporting Fellowship Program for U.S.-based Journalists

The deadline to apply for the 2014 program has passed. All applicants will be notified of their status in April 2014.

About the Program

Plagued by the twin challenges of a slow economy and digital disruption, many U.S. news organizations are cutting back on foreign coverage and are shrinking their editorial staffs.

But journalists can play an essential role in raising awareness around international social justice issues, including women’s rights, corruption, human trafficking, poverty, religious tolerance, environmental issues, migration and education.

Nov 202012

CGNet Swara Report on Faulty Bridge Exposes Corruption

Using CGNet Swara, a mobile news service developed by Knight Fellow Shu Choudhary, citizen journalist Prakash Gupta reported on a faulty bridge built in a rural area of Chhattisgarh, India. The report, picked up by CNN-IBN, also exposed an attempt to bribe Gupta to remain quiet.

Nov 202012

Tech Day in Jordan Showcases Innovative Ways to Deliver News

Knight Fellow Ayman Salah, in partnership with UNESCO and Hacks/Hackers Amman, brought together Jordanian journalists and technologists to demonstrate creative technology solutions designed to overcome common obstacles media organizations face such as limited access to Internet in remote areas and expensive, outdated technology platfor