Today, Mozilla announced the 2013 class of Knight-Mozilla Open News Fellows. The program, funded by the Knight Foundation, embeds smart developers in some of the world’s best newsrooms for 10 months — among them ours. The 2012 fellows are also working at the BBC, The Guardian, Zeit Online and Al Jazeera. In 2013, three other leading news organizations will be participating, including The New York Times.
Our fellow this year has been Dan Schultz, who has been working in our development team and will continue on for 5 more months. Dan has created a tremendous connection into the MIT media lab and has been experimenting with the data mining of closed captions and working on a project to rebuild Boston.com’s quiz tool (among other cool things).
In 2013, we will be joined by Sonya Song, who has degrees in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, the country’s leading university, and a Master of Philosophy in Journalism from The University of Hong Kong.
We are excited to have Sonya be joining us early next year. Here’s more on the program from the Nieman Journalism Lab.
Sonya isn’t the only new face who’ll be helping us innovate. Through a separate program with the Knight Foundation, we have received a grant to hire two full time staffers to create a connection to the MIT Media Lab and other Boston area universities. We’ve posted the two new positions, a Creative Technologist and a New Media Catalyst, who will be working in the Globe Lab and finding ways to grow our audience, tell stories, and connect us more deeply to Boston’s top universities to explore new ideas. We will also offer fellowships during winter and summer breaks for students to join us to work on interesting projects.
Chris Marstall has some more details on the positions, as well as a celebrity photo from the Lab.
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