Knight Foundation expands into investment with an Enterprise Fund: I missed this while on vacation last week, but as a sort of expansion of the Knight News Challenge, there’s now a 10 million dollar Knight Foundation fund to invest in for-profit companies. I continue to think this is a good idea.
Best of Digital News Design Winners: From March 2011, SND’s online news design award winners.
A Powerful Tool for Local Journalism: Contextualized News on a Map: Alexis Madrigal, like many who have commented so far, are impressed with Tackable’s tablet news map app. Me, too.
Machine Learning Fairy Dust: A warning against putting all your innovation eggs in a natural language processing basket. One key reason to be wary? Accuracy of most automated tagging services approaches “good enough” at best without a healthy dose of human intervention to tune the system.
Google Prediction API: Seems like a useful resource for building inexpensive personalization tools for news, depending on how structured your metadata is at the start. Warning: This is a Google Labs project, which makes it seem like it could vanish at any time these days.
Today’s Newark Star-Ledger centerpiece story runs without a headline. Intentionally: Charles Apple notes a piece of engaging print design on the front page. It’s a seemingly banal photograph with three grafs of text above it that draw the reader in, revealing at their close the backstory of the image. It works well.
Recent open source work and other projects we’re excited about: Free open source tools from the Chicago Tribune news apps team. Census, Twitter, regional boundary data, etc.
Social Memories: an Infographic Book of your Facebook Activity: Your very own Feltron report, if you don’t mind that it’s limited to all the information it can get from your Facebook account.