From The Center for Investigative Reporting, the News Lab at Google and Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship program


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Elevating the News: Wednesday, April 22

Credit: Sam Beebe Credit: Sam Beebe

TechRaking: Elevating the News is a full-day event – hosted by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the News Lab at Google and Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship program – where attendees will hear about best-use cases for drones in journalism, see examples of their use in storytelling and dive into conversations about how drones can be integrated into the airspace, given recent safety and privacy concerns.

Attendees also will have a chance to “hack” a solution to a presented challenge around using drone technology for journalism.

About CIR
The Center for Investigative Reporting empowers the public through groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy. Reveal – the website, public radio program, podcast and social media platform – is where CIR publishes its multiplatform reporting. Devoted to holding powerful interests accountable to the public trust, CIR creatively employs cutting-edge technology and innovative storytelling to reveal injustice, spark change at all levels of society and influence public dialogue on critical issues. It produces high-impact reporting across print, video, TV, radio and online platforms and is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, winner of a 2013 Emmy Award and a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012 (for local reporting) and 2013 (for public service). Learn more at Find and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Google
Our mission at the News Lab at Google is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to build the future of media with Google. We’re excited to be working with CIR on this series of TechRaking events throughout 2015.

About Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship program
The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University foster journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Each year, we give 20 outstanding individuals from around the world the resources to pursue and test their ideas for improving the quality of news and information reaching the public.


Wednesday, April 22

Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, California

8 a.m.: Registration + ideation + breakfast

9 a.m.: Welcome, scope of event + News Labs

9:15 a.m.: The Status Report

9:30 a.m.: Drones: A Manufacturer’s Point of View

9:45 a.m.: Panel One: Drones for News: Where Technology Meets Journalism

10:30 a.m.: Break + ideation

10:45 a.m.: Design sprint explanation

10:55 a.m.: Team formation

11:15 a.m.: Lunch

12:15 p.m.: Drone demos

12:45 p.m.: Judges introduced

1 p.m.: Design sprints

2 p.m.: Quick pitch

2:30 p.m.: Panel Two: Drones: Regulating Innovation

3 p.m.: Design sprints, continued

4 p.m.: Final presentations/pitches

5 p.m.: Judges convene + Panel Three: Looking to the Future

5:30 p.m.: Winner announced

6 p.m.: Happy hour

Registration and More Information
Interested in joining us for TechRaking Berkeley? Contact CIR’s director of events, Kristin Belden