In spite of the hard times that the news industry is undergoing, not a day goes by without hearing about a new app or service to help stay informed and on top of news. And while there is a cacophony of voices out there, beautifully written and crafted pieces are still being published. Not all hope is lost for journalism.

Keeping this hope alive is also the mission of the John S. Knight Fellowship, allowing 20 journalists and journalism entrepreneurs from around the world to spend a year at Stanford pursuing their ideas for improving the quality of news. They work with designers and experts from the D.School and with business-oriented minds at the Graduate School of Business to turn their projects into reality.

I recently attended the Knight Fellows project presentations at Stanford, which ranged from increasing public access to information in Nicaragua to leveraging gaming technology to allow readers to get up close and personal with news. Common to all projects: an intense collaboration between reporters, designers, coders, and data experts. My personal favorite: My News Concierge, a service designed to help you get caught up with news in a time-efficient manner.

Below, find five examples from the Knight Fellows that prove the world of news is more alive than ever:

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