The Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project has announced their newest group of fellows. Joshua Benton spells out why the project exists:
In the United States, at least, there’s a surplus of people who want to make phone calls, ask questions, and write stories. There are more reporters than jobs for reporters, and each new j-school graduating class tips the balance a bit further.
But when it comes to news developers — technologists who build journalistic products through code — the scales tip in the other direction. Newsrooms hunt hard to find candidates who have the digital skills and the journalistic instincts to build interactives, open up databases, and innovate in digital presentation. Newsrooms aren’t often on developers’ radars, and great jobs go unfilled.
This year, the fellowship expanded, offering eight Knight-Mozilla fellowships and partnering with more news organizations. Fellows will now join The New York Times, La Nacíon (Argentina), Spiegel Online, and ProPublica, in addition to BBC, The Guardian, Zeit Online, and The Boston Globe, who hosted fellows in 2012.
Interested in the OpenNews project? Follow along over at Daniel Sinker’s Tumblr.