Shazna Nessa – Knight Foundation
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Shazna Nessa

  • Journalism

    The promise of virtual reality has been with us for decades, but it is only in the past few years that technological advances in this space have made us pay closer attention to the opportunities for journalism and wonder whether society is finally poised to broadly adopt the technology. We use the term immersive storytelling […]

    Article · September 15, 2016 by

  • Journalism

    Above: Catching up by Frédéric Poirot on Flickr. There’s plenty of data to digest in the Knight Foundation-commissioned report, conducted with Nielsen and released today, on how different U.S. audiences use smartphones to access news and information. The fast growth of mobile news consumption over the past two years is one of many things that […]

    Article · May 11, 2016 by

  • Journalism

    Photo by Nicolas Nova on Flickr. Mobile news is a hot topic, with many newsrooms reporting that mobile makes up at least 50 percent of their traffic—and the trend is growing. So it’s no surprise that Knight Foundation’s recent mobile news panel at South by Southwest, “Bringing Stories to Life for the Smaller Screen,” drew a standing-room-only […]

    Article · March 18, 2016 by

  • Technology

    At the Eyeo Festival in Minneapolis today, Knight Foundation Director of Journalism Shazna Nessa announced that the next Knight News Challenge will explore how data can offer a deeper understanding of the world. We’ve selected that theme to address the need for individuals to be able to navigate an increasingly complex and data-rich environment. For […]

    Article · June 3, 2015 by

  • Journalism

    Today, we are excited to announce that 46 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration in Knight News Challenge: Elections. These semifinalists, who include one private submission, will have a week to fine-tune their entries before we begin work with a group of advisers to choose the finalists. We received 1,056 submissions for […]

    Article · April 14, 2015 by

  • Journalism

    The Knight News Challenge on Elections is now closed. We received more than 1,000 submissions. Thanks to everyone who entered and joined the conversation at Here’s what happens next. RELATED LINKS “When emotion trumps information: The importance of storytelling in promoting civic participation” by Martin Kaplan, 03/18/15 “Will knowing how the public square works […]

    Article · March 19, 2015 by

  • Journalism

      The Knight News Challenge on elections is now open for ideas through 5 p.m. ET March 19. This News Challenge, our 13th, reflects Knight Foundation’s ongoing support for projects that improve how people access and use information to participate in democracy.In partnership with the Democracy Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the […]

    Article · February 25, 2015 by

  • Journalism

    Shazna Nessa is a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and former deputy managing editor for editorial products and innovation for the Associated Press. Below, she writes about the theme of the first Knight News Challenge of 2014: How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation? In a life dedicated to information and the flow of […]

    Article · March 7, 2014 by