For the next three years, we will have the opportunity to engage a huge community, bring people together for trainings and in-person events, and ultimately build software and thought leadership to address the challenges that news organizations are facing today.
If you’re excited about the challenges and opportunities facing journalism, we want you to be part of this: if you’re interested, please join the project mailing list.
We are creating a major new opportunity for the growing community of news innovators, sometimes called news hackers. Every phase of the partnership, from the innovation challenges to our online courses and in person news hacking events, will help participants learn, network and build a community around their interests, develop their careers, and take leadership at the intersection of news and technology.
Over the course of the partnership, we’ll be awarding at least fifteen yearlong fellowships to participants who demonstrate passion, great ideas and collaborative skills. This fellowship cohort might include software developers, user experience designers and statisticians. We’re open to many types of candidates. The fellows will be embedded within the news partner organizations, where they will work side-by-side with newsmakers, producing experimental news applications based on open-source, open-web technologies.
In the coming months, as we get the partnership underway, I will be sharing more of our thinking, announcing new partners, and so on. In the next few weeks, we’ll be asking some big questions that will help to refine the plan for the project.
We’re aiming to formally launch the program with a design challenge in the spring — aimed at finding great ideas, and great people — so, if you haven’t already, please join the project mailing list [link] and follow along with our thinking on the project wiki.