Tyler Fisher, 22, is a junior at Northwestern University studying journalism and an undergraduate fellow at the Knight Lab and the webmaster of North by Northwestern, Northwestern University's leading independent online publication. He interned with the Chicago Tribune News Applications Team and will intern in summer 2013 with the Gannett Content Team. His project, Teleprompt, will create a second-screen app and framework for local broadcast news.
Nilkanth Patel, 24, is an Editorial Production Associate for The New Yorker, where he helps put together the magazine's print and digital editions. He'll begin a two-year dual M.S. degree program at Columbia University this fall, where he'll study Journalism and Computer Science, focusing on the impact of data visualization in the newsroom. His project will focus on making interactive news a more pervasive component of reporting by creating tools to make data visualization quicker and easier for budding journalists.
Erik Reyna, 25, is a graduate student at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism studying New Media. His project will focus on developing a website to assist non-programmer journalists in the creation of news package templates through the use of code snippets.
"Supporting innovation at the intersection of journalism and technology is crucial to the future of news," said Sue Cross, AP Senior Vice President for the Americas. "We are pleased to team up with Google in supporting the initiative and ideas of six impressive students who will be shaping that future."
"The caliber of the projects that these students hope to bring to fruition demonstrate how those creating the next era of journalism are embracing the power of technology to tell stories in new and exciting ways," said Richard Gingras, Senior Director of News and Social Products at Google. "It is this rich new thinking and these fresh new efforts from these scholars that will ensure that the future of journalism can and will be better than its past."
"There's nothing more exciting than seeing these new journalist hybrids emerging from our colleges across the U.S. through this program," said Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director. "While digital media professionals continue to evolve the game, these students will transform the playing field."
Projects completed by the inaugural 2012-2013 AP-Google Scholars will be featured on journalists.org in August. Each scholarship recipient also will receive a free, one-year ONA membership.
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