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PRI seeks to develop StoryAct, a Drupal-based module to give people clear options to act on news stories. Shaped by journalists, StoryAct will display relevant user-actions within the story, integrating them into the body copy where it contextually makes sense. Our goal is to increase the number of people who engage and get involved in the news by streamlining the process of taking action.

A citizen science data broker

A matchmaking service where people who observe and record things of interest connect with people who need their observations, through a map-centric mobile and web app. Data collectors define their interests and locations and share observations with project managers who specify where they need data, (via a simple form) and tag their project with a vocabulary we design to facilitate matching.

ADAPT game

We are building an open-source, mobile game application that teaches journalists how to assess digital threats, risks, and vulnerabilities for themselves and their sources. As journalists and citizen journalists report from contentious settings, they face a myriad of security issues and increasing digital risks. This tool teaches critical thinking skills to mitigate those risks.

Jifo And Bad Data

To promote data literacy by prototyping an educational mobile game to help children learn about data visualization and critical thinking in the digital age.


We propose to build PingApp which is basically a binary, multichannel check-in tool for groups during a crisis or a disaster. The idea is that families and organizations could use this for quick head counts on how everyone is, and then use it as an on-ramp into a Red Cross missing persons index or something like Google's People Finder app.

The List

To promote open systems by prototyping a mobile application to help non-profit and journalism organizations create calls for Creative Commons licensed images from amateur photographers.

Time Capsule Encryption

We propose to build a time capsule encryption service for archivists, scholars, and journalists. Time capsule encryption is a way to securely send a message into the future, so it cannot be read until a certain date or event. Time capsule encryption is necessary to preserve important cultural records that would otherwise be deleted or forgotten.

JoLT fellowships

To pilot a leadership-building program with a focus in game design and systems thinking to develop transformational media leaders supporting journalism excellence.

Stanford Knight Fellowships

To support journalism excellence by expanding the impact and reach of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford.

6th Street Dance Studio/WholeProject

To build connections between the urban dance communities in Miami and Detroit through master classes in each city and via video conferencing, anchored by Hardcore Detroit and Miami's 6th Street Dance Studio/Whole Project.

A Host of People

To celebrate the do-it-yourself movement in both food and the arts by creating a site-responsive theater piece performed in community gardens around the city

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