Big Local News
Computational journalist Cheryl Phillips leads Big Local News, which collects, processes and shares governmental data that are hard to obtain and difficult to analyze; partners with local and national newsrooms on investigative projects across a range of topics, from police accountability to the impacts of climate change; and teaches best practices for finding stories within the data. The team of Stanford faculty, data journalists, students and researchers is also developing scraping tools such as Agenda Watch, which monitors public agendas and meeting minutes — and then alerts journalists to newsworthy items that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Playbook for Newsrooms
Veteran journalist Janine Zacharia has partnered with cyber policy expert Andrew Grotto to create a step-by-step playbook of core principles and standards that news organizations can follow when faced with reporting on false, misleading and hacked information. Reporters and editors cannot ignore stolen information if it is newsworthy, but they need to make the provenance of the material an essential part of the coverage. The playbook’s 10 guidelines are designed to help journalists avoid being the unwitting accomplices of foreign or domestic propaganda operations.
JSK Impact Partnerships
JSK Impact Partnerships, an initiative of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, leverages JSK’s connections and alumni network to accelerate progress in the journalism industry and improve the quality of news and information reaching the public. It operates in parallel with the JSK Journalism Fellowships, which each year brings diverse leaders to Stanford to work on the industry’s most urgent problems. The work is based on JSK’s call-to-action themes, which include strengthening local news, challenging misinformation, and fighting bias, intolerance and injustice.
Computational Policy Lab
An interdisciplinary team of Stanford researchers, data scientists, and journalists is bringing a computational perspective to public policy. The lab use data science and technology, including algorithmic tools, to tackle pressing issues in criminal justice, education, voting rights, and beyond.