Guardian U.S. launch­ing news in­no­va­tion lab

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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.

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