Tow-Knight Fellows Will Present 20 New Media Projects
Those projects are just three of 20 that The Tow-Knight Center’s 2015 Entrepreneurial Fellows have worked to develop during their four-month course of study this year. They will present to the public on Wednesday, May 20.
“This is the biggest group we’ve had and the most ambitions in terms of the scope and scale of their projects,” said Tow-Knight’s Director of Education Jeremy Caplan. “I’m impressed with how quickly they’ve made progress.”
The Entrepreneurial Fellows each develop a product, such as a media site or service, as part of their 15-week course of study. Several of the projects have already started to attract notice and funding.
Chad O’Carroll’s recent Kickstarter campaign raised more than $26,000 for his North Korea news service, easily topping its $16,000 goal. The money will fund new reporting and make more of NKNews.org‘s work available to online audiences at no cost.
Coda Story, a crisis reporting platform, won last year’s Best Startups for News Competition at the Global Editors Network annual summit. Tow-Knight Fellow Ilan Greenberg, the platform’s co-founder, is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and has earned coverage in multiple outlets over the course of this semester.
Maria Sanchez is a Fulbright scholar from Spain who has spent her term in the Tow-Knight program sharpening her plans for The Fuego, a digital storytelling platform for young Latinos in the U.S. She recently won a $10,000 Foreign Press Association prize, which she plans to use to continue developing her platform.
O’Carroll, Greenberg and Sanchez and the other Tow-Knight Fellows will briefly describe their projects from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on May 20, after taking part in a showcase for their projects and the school’s entrepreneurial journalism program earlier in the day, from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Both programs are free and open to the public.