Innovation Incubator: The University of Kansas

Innovation Incubator

    In 2007, the Knight News Challenge created “incubators” at seven academic institutions (Michigan State University, The University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Western Kentucky University, Ithaca College, University of Nevada-Las Vegas and St. Michael’s College) to foster creative thinking about solutions to digital news problems.
    I created and led the Innovation Incubator for The University of Kansas under a $230,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 21st Century News Challenge. I taught a team of five KU students how to develop, critique and present their news innovation, “VoxPop,” to the other groups from across the country and then to a broader audience. Thirty-five students from the other institutions then joined the KU team and I mentored the new group through their eventual presentation to the Online News Association convention in Toronto. VoxPop is still in development and will hopefully go public soon.
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