Knight Foundation and Mozilla send geeks into newsrooms
Friday, November 11, 2011
In London last weekend, journalists, software developers, filmmakers, designers and many others spent time discussing ideas and building tools at the 2011 Mozilla Festival at . Following the theme of "Media, Freedom and the Web", many attendees developed prototypes around the idea of the future of media including tablet interface prototypes for the , designs for open source software for DJs, and hacks to enable journalists to combine video and original source text together to tell stories in more interactive ways.
Gridinoc says the Fellowship intends to "introduce innovation in the newsroom by embedding some developers as fellows". The fellows will collaborate with people within the news organization. They hope to be open about how they are changing the newsroom. Gridinoc says he and the others will "blog about making the news, on how things can be done, and how [open source] tools can be used", and he specifically will work on trying to increase the use of, a practice already embraced by the BBC. "Adaptive documents" were another area of interest for Laurian: having stories where illustrations and examples dynamically adapt to the particular reader.
According to the fellows speaking as part of a panel discussion, many newsrooms reject the use of open source tools even for producing maps, graphs and.
- Sarah Marshall. "#MozFest: Six lessons for journalists from the Mozilla Festival" — , November 8, 2011
- Vanessa Zainzinger. "Mozilla Festival salutes more Popcorn and less developer-ghetto" — , November 7, 2011