This blog is being posted while I am in the air, en route to Austin Texas for SXSW Interactive. I have a bag full of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews pins (that’s them looking beautiful above), a giant list of people to meet, and some seriously exciting news to announce.
First off, there’s an OpenNews Panel at SXSW this year, on Sunday March 11 at 3:30pm: Open Web, Open News: Developers & Reporters Remix. Join myself, Andrew Leimdorfer from the BBC, Mohamed Nanabhay from Al Jazeera English, and Emily Bell from Columbia University, as we talk about the emerging role of the news developer and the growing importance of the open web in journalism’s evolution.
Next, Mozilla is co-hosting a party with the Knight Foundation and the MIT Media Lab on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the event’s already at capacity, but if you’re already coming, be sure to say hello!
Finally (and the real point of this post), Knight-Mozilla OpenNews is using SXSW to announce that we’re adding four new news partners to the 2012/13 Knight-Mozilla Fellowships. This project has always been ambitious in scope and global in scale, and this year’s news partners fit the bill:
- The New York Times, in New York.
- ProPublica, also in New York.
- Spiegel Online, in Hamburg, Germany.
- La Nación, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Our four new News Partners will also be joined by returning partners from the 2011/12 cycle that is still ongoing, bringing our total number of Knight-Mozilla Fellows to eight for 2012/13.
The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships embed developers and technologists in newsrooms for ten months to do open-source development around new and innovative solutions, tools, and ideas for news. The application process to become a 2012/13 Knight-Mozilla Fellow will go live on April 9. Sign up now to get an announcement when it’s up.
There are so many other incredible things happening down in Austin, it’s impossible to contain it all in a single post. If you’re down in Austin and looking for great panels, Poynter did a great roundup of 25 panels geared towards journalists. And if you’re looking for something incredible to eat, you can’t miss with the Korean Taco Truck.
Oh, and if you are in Austin, don’t forget to pick up a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews pin from me—I’ve got tons!