Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

How @documentcloud is turning documents into data

Nov. 17, 2011, 9:05 a.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Ted Han, DocumentCloud, in a video by Jon Vidar

Above, Ted Han describes how DocumentCloud, a 2011 Knight News Challenge winner, is developing a new feature allowing newsrooms to invite public participation in annotating and commenting on source documents.

The tool will help newsrooms involve their readers in the news and improve DocumentCloud as a journalistic tool and investigative reporting resource. The site recently merged with Investigative Reporters and Editors.

As a two-time Knight News Challenge winner (it won also in 2009 to launch), DocumentCloud already helps journalists analyze, annotate and publish original source documents. The site is used by more than 200 newsrooms nationwide.


@Zeega: Allowing people to collaboratively produce, curate and publish multimedia

Nov. 16, 2011, 7:58 a.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

James Burns, chief technology officer at Zeega, in a video by Jon Vidar

Zeega is an open-source HTML 5 platform for creating interactive documentaries and inventing new forms of storytelling.

Above, James Burns, Zeega's chief technology officer, describes how the tool will make it easy to collaboratively produce, curate and publish participatory multimedia projects online and on mobile devices.


Four insights on the history of the future of news

Nov. 15, 2011, 2:57 p.m., Posted by Amy Starlight Lawrence

Eric Newton at Arizona State University

What does the future of news look like?  In a presentation to hundreds of students, professors and community participants last night in Phoenix, Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at Knight Foundation, provided some insight.

In “A history of the future of news: What 1767 tells us about 2100,” Newton’s four main points were: