First Knight-Mozilla News Technology Fellows Announced

A recent article reports, “Five coders will help newsrooms innovate and develop prototypes for digitally delivering news and information as the first group of Knight-Mozilla News Technology Fellows. Announced at the Mozilla Festival in London, the fellows will be spending the year in leading newsrooms around the globe, including The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Al Jazeera English, BBC and Zeit Online. Fellows will address a specific issue at each organization and then produce open-source solutions that advance the values of journalism and the open Web.”

John S. Bracken, director of media innovation at Knight Foundation stated, “This first cohort of Knight-Mozilla fellows is an impressive group, and well positioned to add real value – both to their partner news organizations and to the journalism field in genera… At Knight, we see great promise in these intersections of technology and journalism.”

The fellows are as follows: “Mark Boas (Al Jazeera English), cofounder of Happyworm, an entrepreneurial Web agency and maker of the jPlayer media framework. Cole Gillespie (Zeit Online), a JavaScript developer currently working with Project Mastermind, National Geographic, CNN, IBM and other companies. Laurian Gridinoc (BBC), a former researcher in semantic navigation at Knowledge Media Institute (The Open University) who currently works at the technology innovation company Talis. Nicola Hughes (The Guardian), a former digital media producer for CNN and now with the data-scraping start-up ScraperWiki. Dan Schultz (Boston Globe), a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, research associate at the Center for Civic Media and a 2007 Knight News Challenge winner.”

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