Knight Foundation announces News Challenge winners

The second round of winners in the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge were announced on Thursday at ONA, and each of the winners are potentially exciting innovations in the news and journalism space. This challenge revolved around data.

The winners are:

Local Data, which is a set of tools that allow users to easily collect and organize data about their local communities.

OpenStreet Map, a community mapping project, received a grant to build a set of tools that will allow more people to add information to maps.

•, which helps journalists more easily navigate the always challenging world of US Census data. The Knight Foundation award will allow the group to expand its work into other data sets.

PopUpArchive, which allows users to better organize multimedia content online, making it searchable and sharable.

Open Elections, which will create a standardized set of election results for federal and statewide elections in the United States.

Safecast Radiation & Air Quality, which is striving to create a real-time map of the air quality throughout the United States.

We’re looking forward to learning more about all of these projects and perhaps interviewing them for the site.

For more information on all the projects, visit the Idea Lab.



Professor Pacheco in the Press

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  • “I think we will be seeing two camps: Microsoft and a few startups like Meta2 and Vuzix on the business end, and Magic Leap and Apple (when Apple releases its rumored glasses) on the consumer end,” Dan Pacheco, a professor of journalism and chair in journalism innovation at Syracuse University’s S...

2016 Mirror Awards Ceremony - YouTube


  • Nonny de la Peña had this to say about Professor Pacheco after her acceptance of an I-3 Mirror Award.

    “Once the [Oculus] Facebook sale happened, $2 billion dollars, you’re not so nuts. But before that happened, a lot of people thought trying to do journalism in virtual reality was crazy...

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  • Prof. Dan Pacheco has been accepted into the HoloLens developer program and will work with Newhouse students and faculty to create content for the device. - Dan Pacheco


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  • Prof. Pacheco was interviewed by CBS Interactive's TechRepublic about using virtuality for journalism in the story: "Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting." The piece also referenced Pacheco's Virtual Reality Storytelling course and included a link to a 360 video of the SU football team by class member and football player Eric Jackson...


  • Prof. Pacheco co-authored the primer on virtual reality in this report on The State of Virtual Reality in Journalism for Gannett and the Knight Foundation. - Dan Pacheco


Daily Orange: Universities should embrace experiential media courses


  • "There’s a virtual reality course being taught this semester in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications called Virtual Reality Storytelling. (Full disclosure: I am taking the course right now. It’s awesome.) The course’s professor, Dan Pacheco, says demand for the course is high, and for good reason in that it may set you apart in a job interview...

StoryNEXT conference features virtual reality – Hypergrid Business


  • Professor Pacheco has been added to the advisory board for StoryNEXT, a new annual conference focused on innovators in virtual reality storytelling. - Dan Pacheco