Justin Ellis of the Nieman Journalism Lab reports, "Knight Foundation and Mozilla have announced a new class of fellows who will take their hacker skills into newsrooms around the US and across the globe. The new class of five Knight-Mozilla Fellows has just been announced at the Mozilla Festival in London, and their bios include some of the sort of descriptions you might expect: media scholar, activist, interactive developer, code monkey. This third class of fellows will be embedded in top news organizations in the U.S. and abroad and work to connect their code-driven backgrounds to journalistic goals."
Ellis continues, "The fellows, who are part of the broader Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, will work inside newsrooms for 10 months, assisting the organization with established projects, building new ones, or performing research. While the original idea for the fellowship was to have coders help shepherd newsrooms into the digital era by extolling the virtues of new technology, the program has become more dynamic, said Dan Sinker, the head of OpenNews. (Here’s Source and the other parts of the growing OpenNews community. Now, being a Knight-Mozilla fellow is increasingly about the code you commit to GitHub and the talks you hold inside your newsroom and to bigger groups at journalism conferences, along with working in individual newsrooms, Sinker said."
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