Hey, there MoJo fans:
In anticipation of our upcoming Knight-Mozilla Innovation Challenge 2011 launch, we’re producing a promotional video to help potential participants understand how they can enter the challenge and become eligible for a fellowship.
We’d love your feedback on this draft script. Is it clear? Does it leave important questions unanswered? Weigh in here in the comments or go to http://etherpad.mozilla.com:9000/MoJo-Fellow-script to ask questions or suggest changes.
Note that we can’t add too much more. We’ve timed it and want to keep it at about 2 minutes.
MoJo Explainer video script
How to become a fellow
[Intro—mash Mozilla and Knight]
For the next few years, The Knight Foundation and Mozilla are igniting news innovation through the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership. We like to call it “Mojo” for short.
A big part of the program is placing paid fellows inside newsrooms around the world. Want to be a fellow? Keep watching.
Knight-Mozilla Fellowships are paid, one-year positions inside newsrooms at the BBC, Boston.com, the Guardian, Zeit Online and other leading news organizations.
Fellows will hone their tech expertise and will become leading news hackers, helping bring systemic innovation across the news industry.
Whether you’re a writer, a developer, a designer, a statistician, an artist, or just a net saavy muckracker, we want you. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps.
[Step 1: Open Innovation Challenge]
In the spring of 2011 and again in early 2012, Mozilla will publish a series of news innovation questions to the world. Questions like:
“How can we improve the interfaces for building data visualizations?”
“What does open video & audio hold for online journalism?”
That’s where you come in. Visit us at knightmozilla.org and help us answer those questions. You can submit insights, anaylsis, napkin sketches or wireframes—however you choose to best address the question. All you need is a desire is to work on these issues with the news hacker community.
We’ll take votes on the proposals, and they’ll be considered by a reviewer panel that includes news tech gurus, movers and shakers. Entering the challenge will give you and your ideas a lot of exposure. But that’s not all.
[Step 2: Learning and Hacking]
We’ll invite 60 challenge participants with winning ideas to take part in the Knight Mozilla Learning Lab, where you’ll hear from some brilliant hackers and journalists and begin to advance some of the ideas that emerged from the challenge.
Then, we’ll gather the strongest people and ideas together for a high-energy hackfest to begin building working prototypes.
[Step 3: Fellowship]
After the hackfest, we’ll select our fellows— starting with 5 fellows in 2011.
We’ll repeat the whole process again, from start to finish, and place 10 new fellows in 2012.
If you’re ready to help Knight and Mozilla shake up the news industry, follow us at @knightmozilla and join the community! For more, visit, knightmozilla.org.