February 2020

A Conversation about the New York Times 1619 Project

Michael Bolden, Managing Director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford moderated a discussion with the writers of the New York Times' 1619 Project.

October 2019

Shorenstein Journalism Award Winner Maria Ressa Describes Philippine Broken Information Ecosystem, Democratic Recession

“This is an existential moment for global power structures, turned upside down by technology. When journalists globally are under attack, democracy is under attack.” With these words, the internationally-esteemed investigative journalist and press freedom champion Maria Ressa, winner of the 2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award, opened her keynote address at a lunchtime ceremony, held at […]

AP’s DataKit: Helping teams collaborate efficiently

Data projects have many moving parts, and coordinating all the pieces can be challenging even for one enterprising journalist, let alone an entire data team simultaneously pushing on multiple fronts.

To help bring sanity to their workflow, the Associated Press developed DataKit, a simple command line tool for setting up and syncing data analysis projects. […]

July 2019

Stanford Journalism alums launch immersive experience featuring Mandy Barker photography

The virtual reality experience, Ripple: the unintended life of plastics in the sea, is now viewable at Featuring the photography of artist and conservationist Mandy Barker, the experience immerses viewers into a galaxy of garbage, to show how ubiquitous, insidious and long-lasting plastic can be in our world. 

For years, Barker, a UK photographer, […]

March 2019

Stanford Open Policing Project analyzed data from nearly 100 million traffic stops in the US

A study of nearly 100 million traffic stops across the United States reveals that black drivers were about 20 percent more likely to be stopped than white drivers relative to their share of the residential population.

The study, the largest of its kind, also measured the disparity in stop rates before and after sunset. It […]

Data driven journalism for local newsrooms: it’s possible!

As local American newsrooms go through difficult times, plagued both by reduced staff and lower budgets, The Big Local News, an initiative launched by the Stanford Journalism program at Stanford University, collects, cleans and shares data so that journalists and researchers can write stories about policies that affect local communities and how institutions are […]

January 2019

Investigating Tech: The Making of The Facebook Dilemma


How did Frontline investigate Facebook’s impacts on democracy across the globe? What is the story behind the story, including the challenges to covering a social media platform? Frontline Producers Anya Bourg and James Jacoby along with Washington Post Investigative Reporter Dana Priest discuss the processes and obstacles in examining the Silicon […]

November 2018

James Hamilton looks at how presidents – past and present – have navigated relationships with the White House press corps


Last week, the White House suspended a reporter’s press credential after a tense exchange during a news conference. While some have called it an unprecedented move, Stanford communication scholar James Hamilton sees parallels to another U.S. president: Richard Nixon. In an interview with the Stanford News Service, Hamilton talks about the historical dynamic between […]

Big Local News harnesses investigative journalists’ expertise to empower local newsrooms

Stanford’s Big Local News program is expanding with the addition of two investigative journalists — Pulitzer Prize winner Justin Mayo and data reporter Bethney Bonilla.

Mayo comes to Stanford after 20 years with the Seattle Times, primarily working with the paper’s investigative team. Bonilla most recently worked with the investigative unit at NBC Bay […]

October 2018

Stanford Journalism launches data-driven initiative to help journalists hold powerful individuals, institutions accountable

Story originally published by Stanford News 

With media outlets losing advertising revenues to digital platforms, some newsrooms no longer have the resources for investigative and public service reporting.

The inability of news outlets to perform this traditional “watchdog” role puts democracy at risk, said communication scholar James Hamilton, who is concerned about what could happen – […]