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Journalism in Virtual Reality

This grant will prototype an innovative live-action interactive journalistic use of virtual reality-delivered over on the Occulus Rift. It will also document the processes creative, editorial and technical lessons. The result will be a full 5-10 minute experience that viewers will interact with using the virtual reality headset to immerses themselves in a 360-degree, 3D visual and audio space.

New features for How Wrong You Are

To add two new features to How Wrong You Are: (1) an embeddable How Wrong You Are quiz format where we focus on a specific topic, and (2) functionality that enables people to participate in our project by adding their own questions.

PARK (Parcel Analysis Resource Kit)

The project will develop a toolkit that allows communities to study the land use possibilities of vacant parcels in their neighborhoods. Using publicly available data, we will build a series of GIS-based tools for measuring fitness criteria of available land resources, which will be shared with community land access projects and published as an open source code library.


To promote journalistic excellence by prototyping Photostreamer, an open source device to stream photographs to newsrooms as they are taken.


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.

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