Getting down to the job... The start of the Knight-Mozilla learning lab

Published 2011-07-11

Through some fortunate confluence of events I was one of 60 people selected to participate in this year's Knight-Mozilla Learning Lab, a four-week lecture series designed give people a chance to take an idea from inception to application ... one that just might shape the future of online news.

As regular blogging about the lectures is a requirement you should see a bit more from me in the space in the weeks to come...

First, about the learning lab. We were asked the following questions:

After four weeks of lectures from thinkers and doers like Christian Heilmann, Burt Herman, Aza Raskin, John Resig, and many more, the 60 participants will present a final project. That final project will be judged and 20 people will head to Berlin where you will build a prototype alongside some really accomplished developers.

From there, five people will be selected to spend a year seeing their idea evolve from a newsroom as a Knight-Mozilla news innovation fellow.

If you are interested, here is "my idea" -- a Topic-based, "DRY" approach to gathering and presenting the news -- as it stands now.

Later this week I'll think a bit -- in the open -- about where things might go from here, and present some thoughts about the first couple lectures and how they shaped "my idea" thus far.