April 24, 2015

New York City, here we come!

I am extremely pleased to announce that a major structured journalism reporting project, using the Structured Stories platform and titled ‘Structured Stories NYC’, will take place in New York City this summer. The project is a partnership between the Reporter’s Lab at Duke University, the WNYC newsroom in New York and Structured Stories. Reporting will be done by a team of student reporters from Duke organized by Bill Adair – the new Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University, creator of PolitiFact and Pulitzer prize winner – and the reporting team will be led by Ishan Thakore from Duke.

The Structured Stories NYC project has been made possible by a generous grant from the Online News Association’s Challenge Fund, which was announced earlier today at the Journalism Interactive 2015 conference.

This project marks a significant milestone in the progress of Structured Stories, because it will provide an opportunity to develop real-world editorial guidelines and processes for structured journalism, and will result in a substantial body of reporting in structured form. The Structured Stories approach to local government journalism may offer a new way for citizens to quickly understand large, long-term, sprawling local government stories – the kind of stories that would otherwise need to be followed closely over a long time to be deeply understood.

A detailed description of the Structured Stories NYC project can be found on the ONA Challenge Fund website here.

Also, on a more technical note, my paper titled “Structured Narratives as a Framework for Journalism: A Work in Progress”, has been accepted for the 6th Computational Models of Narrative workshop (CMN’15), which will be meeting at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on May 26-28. The paper is a technical description of the Structured Stories technology and data structures, and of the journalistic basis of the approach. I will be presenting the paper at CMN’15 and will link to it here after it has been published.

These are very good developments for the Structured Stories project, and offer opportunities to truly explore and evaluate structured narrative as an alternative approach to journalism. If you are interested or intrigued then please get in touch!

You can reach me on email at david[at] and on Twitter at @StructStories.