The five, who were named at the Mozilla Festival held in London this weekend, were among 300 so-called “news hackers” who applied responded to various challenges such as coming up with a “killer app for news”.
A panel then selected 60 of the best ideas based on re-usable, open-source technology that benefits the web as a whole. Five were then chosen from the long list and will take up their new paid roles around the start 2012.
About the Fellows
Laurian Gridinoc – Fellow at BBC
While studying medicine Gridinoc co-founded a brand strategy and interactive consultancy in Romania. He then followed his interest in the semantic web through a master in computational linguistics and several years of research into semantic navigation at Knowledge Media Institute (Open University). For the past year he has been implementing applications using semantic web technologies at the technology innovation companyTalis.
Nicola Hughes – Fellow at the Guardian
After academic excursions in the fields of physics, zoology, anthropology and journalism Hughes started her media career at CNN in London. Whilst working as a digital media producer she started blogging and tweeting about data journalism (@DataMinerUK). She left CNN to join a data scraping start up ScraperWiki and to gain coding skills.
Mark Boas – Fellow at Al Jazeera English
Boas makes, teaches, writes about and promotes new and open web technologies. Co-founder ofHappyworm, a tiny entrepreneurial web agency and makers of the jPlayer media framework. A lover of all things audio, his passion often drives his work and is currently enjoying the challenge of taking audio “somewhere new” with his Hyperaudioexperiments.
Cole Gillespie – Fellow at Zeit Online
Dan Schultz – Fellow at the Boston Globe
Schultz is a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab studying in the information ecology group. At the lab he is a research associate at the Center for Civic Media. Before MIT Dan received a BS in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University, and was awarded a Knight News Challenge grant in 2007 to write about “connecting people, content, and community.”