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The program will add staff and expand by adding a conference and collaborative code-building events for journalism technologists.
What does an ideal front page look like, can social media usage predict political involvement, and how is user-generated content coming into newsrooms: all that and more in this month’s roundup of the academic literature.
The head of Knight’s journalism initiatives talks about who it funds and how it tries to give its projects life beyond a grant’s expiration date. Joshua Benton
There might not by Internet access out in the fields, but WeFarm hopes that SMS and a human network built on translation and information sharing can let farmers get more out of their land. Caroline O'Donovan
The common thread through several of the eight winners: turning underpowered phones into information engines. Joshua Benton
“The story-specific platform is a relief: profound by the nature of our content, calm by the focus of our mandate.”
Some projects, like DocumentCloud and Ushahidi, were widely adopted in the media. Others stumbled due to technical problems or resistance from partners.
News startup Rappler is trying to bring social media smarts to the Filipino market, and one focus is capturing readers’ emotional state.