How can designers imagine innovative technologies for news and journalism? I think I know the answer. In this post, I propose a model and demonstrate it by picking apart the "Profile article" for innovative ideas. The resulting design is a browser plugin which can attach writers' tools to any text form on the web.
I'm currently taking Ethan Zuckerman's class on News in the Age of Participatory Media, a compressed intro to journalism for engineers. In principle, we're a group of engineers trying to learn enough about journalism to imagine new technologies to support journalism and media-making in general. In practice, that's a really hard thing to do. People could genuinely argue that we're only half-learning journalism in a fraction of the time students take in journalism school. Furthermore, we also need to think about technology. How can we do that?