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Open Web, Open News: Reporters & Developers Remix

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We're experiencing the birth of a new era: Legacy news organizations are beginning the process of moving beyond their print and broadcast past, while new, all-web reporting outfits begin to chart a path into a new future. In the process, exciting new discussions of how the culture of the open web intersects with the culture of the newsroom are growing ever more frequent. All of this has kicked off a wave of innovation throughout the journalism space that has seen leaps forward in real-time reporting, data visualization, back-end technology, and much more. But it's nothing compared to the innovations to come.

Recognizing the many opportunities to facilitate community and empower webmakers to build real tools, the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership was formed in 2011. It has kicked off a year of design challenges that culminated in placing technology fellows in some of the world's best newsrooms, charged with creating code for new kinds of news.

As the partnership enters its second year, this conversation will address the broad implications of this new kind of collaboration: How do we work together to innovate in the news space? How do we bring the best practices of both disciplines to bear on the other? How do we broaden the scope, spread the code, and create real impact?


Andrew Leimdorfer N/A BBC

I am the product manager responsible for the output of BBC News Specials. Our remit is to help increase our audience’s engagement with the BBC’s online journalism using new formats and innovative technology.

I joined the BBC News team in 2002 after stints as a designer and developer at a media start-up, a web design agency and IPC magazines.

I now work with journalists, designers and developers at the BBC to enable collaborative approaches to storytelling. My main focus is on ensuring that we find better ways to learn what kind of content works best for our users.

Dan Sinker Project Lead, Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership Mozilla Foundation

Emily Bell Dir of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism Columbia University

Mohamed Nanabhay Head of Online Al Jazeera English

Mohamed Nanabhay works at the intersection of media, technology and entrepreneurship.

As the Head of Online at Al Jazeera English he led the team that produced the award winning coverage of the Arab revolutions in 2011. During his tenure, the website has seen a colossal increase in traffic and has been recognised by the Online News Association for general exellence in online journalism.

In 2006, he founded the New Media division at Al Jazeera which focused on engaging audiences through social media and emerging media technologies. During this period he pioneered and launched the Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository.

As an Internet entrepreneur, Mohamed has been involved with developing online properties since 1995 and is an angel investor, providing seed funding and mentorship to early stage internet companies.

Mohamed was named a Creative Commons Pioneer by BusinessWeek, serves on the Board of Advisers of Qatar University's Mass Communication Programme and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Informed Societies.

He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and History at the University of the Witwatersrand where he served as the Vice-President of the Student Union, and a masters degree in International Relations (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge.

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