Knight-Mozilla Open News

Our 2016 Fellows explore journalism code.

Introducing the 2016 Knight-Mozilla fellows—meet them now. (photo/Erik Westra)

The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships

In 2016, we welcomed our fifth cohort of Knight-Mozilla Fellows. The Knight-Mozilla Fellowship places creative technologists in newsrooms to work on open-source tools and support reporting that strengthens the web and changes people’s lives.

Fellowships on hiatus

Our fellowships will be on hiatus for 2017. After five cohorts of fellows, we’ve gathered a lot of data about how fellows help their newsrooms and the broader journalism-code community. During early 2017, we’re going to review that data and chat with community members about what shape the fellowship could take going forward. If you’d like to learn more about this process, please sign up here, and we’ll be in touch. In early 2017, we will have a bunch of other exciting updates to share about OpenNews as well, so stay tuned.

Why work in journalism?

Journalism has a disproportionately strong influence on the web we inhabit. It shapes the web through code developed in newsrooms, like Django and Backbone.js. Journalism also works at an editorial scale few other industries can match—millions of readers engage with reporting every day, from stories that amuse to investigations and analysis that leads to meaningful changes in our communities.

By working in journalism, the Knight-Mozilla Fellows advocate for a web that is open, accessible, and ours. In journalism as in the open source community, openness is a core value—the information reporters uncover and share is critical to our ability to understand and affect our world. Knight-Mozilla Fellows become leaders in efforts to build tools and cultivate resources that enable news organizations to support healthy communities, online and off.

Connecting a community

The Knight-Mozilla Fellows join a community that works at the intersection of journalism and technology. News developers and designers, civic hackers, and data crunchers build the stories and tools that help journalism thrive on the web. OpenNews, in turn, supports the fellows and other members of this community with programs and events including:

Fellows participate in this network at all levels, collaborating on projects, attending and speaking at events, reflecting on their work in Source, and building their profiles as contributors to the wider community.

The Knight-Mozilla Fellowship is one part of the networked approach of OpenNews. We connect and support the people and projects in the journalism code community to ensure that this work continues to flourish.