Guardian U.S. launching news innovation lab
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation said it is investing $2.6 million to Guardian News & Media for Guardian U.S. to launch a news innovation lab that will focus on using mobile technology to create deeper journalism.
Guardian U.S. will form a multidisciplinary editorial and production team of designers, developers and reporters and embed it within its news operations.
“With mobile audiences now accounting for over 50 percent of the Guardian’s daily traffic, the lab will aim to create new and more engaging ways for people to consume news on their mobile devices,” the Knight Foundation said. “Additionally, the lab will explore the challenges faced by journalists in the mobile age and experiment with new ways of bringing stories to life on smaller screens.
“It will also look at ways of engaging readers in storytelling in real time and at advancing citizen participation in breaking news.”
The new team will operate autonomously and create original content, but will also have access to stories and resources from the larger Guardian newsroom.