Human-Centered Design for Local News Products

The Northwestern University Knight Lab, renowned for its development of digital storytelling tools and platforms, is interviewing news consumers and assessing data on their online behavior to inspire creation of products, tools and approaches that are designed to improve reader engagement, bolster financial sustainability and better inform citizens.

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Associated Faculty and Staff

Joe Germuska

Chief Nerd

Germuska runs Knight Lab’s technology, professional staff and student fellows. Before joining the lab, Germuska was on the Chicago Tribune’s News Apps team.

Zach Wise

Associate Professor

Wise is an Emmy Award winning interactive producer and Associate Professor at Northwestern University. His work at the Las Vegas Sun and The New York Times has been recognized by ONA, NPPA, the Pulitzer Prize, the Peabody Awards , the Emmy awards, and numerous other industry honors. He has created several very popular tools for storytellers and journalists. Over 600k people have used Timeline JS and StoryMap to create stories seen by over a 100 million people each year. Timeline is also available in more than 65 languages and is used by major news organizations all over the world.