New York Times Joins Mozilla-Knight OpenNews

Prior to an official presentation at SXSW, Mozilla announced on its official blog that the New York Times, ProPublica, Spiegel Online and Argentina’s La Nacion are all set to join OpenNews.

OpenNews is, in fact, an initiative promoted by the Knight Foundation and Mozilla to bring open source innovation in news. For example, the initiative can draw attention on developing real-time visualizations, augmented video, data journalism and HTML5 web tools.

One of the major goals of OpenNews is to create a link between journalists and hackers. Mozilla’s Dan Sinker says that the purpose of making an announcement at SXSW is: “SXSW has become a destination event for the ‘hacker-journalist’. It does a great job of mixing the developer mindset with the larger media world.”

OpenNews is working hard to bring its ambition of getting journalists and hackers work together and will award eight fellowships in 2012. The awarded fellows will then be posted at partner organizations, where they will “spend a year writing code in collaboration with reporters and newsroom developers.”

The outlets like the BBC, the Guardian, Zeit Online, the Boston Globe and Al Jazeera English were already on board. Looking at their status, we can hope that the fresh media partnerships announced will further increase the demand of the program.

This will also offer newspapers with an opportunity to experiment different approach:

“What’s exciting about this project is that it affords us a luxury newsrooms rarely have: the ability to dig deep on a subject of critical importance,” said Aron Pilhofer, editor of interactive news at The New York Times. “The results, we hope, will help The Times and the industry in general measure and enhance the impact of our journalism.”

Furthermore, the inclusion of publications in German and Spanish also authenticates the program’s global reach. Online applications are expected to open on Monday, April 9.

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