Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Interview in RTV Slovenia

RTV Slovenia, 14 Sep 2010
National Slovenian Public Service TV

Slovenian national public TV, RTV  Slovenia, broadcast a reportage from IJ-7. The reportage is made by Eva Uranjek. It is in Slovenian, but nearly all the interviews are in English, so it's interesting to watch it, even if you don't understand Slovenian. The interviews with me are in English.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dagens Industri: Swedes at Stanford

Dagens Industri
Di Dimension Nr 6, 1 July 2010
(in Swedish)

Dagens Industri (largest business daily in the Nordic region) published a feature article in their special theme magazine Di Dimension - "The Swedes at Stanford" (Click here - pdf), announced on the cover page as "Swedish Research Stars at Stanford".

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Stanford Program Breaks Down Walls Between Business, Tech Journalism

PBS Mediashift
By Mark Glaser, Dec 10, 2009

"I am so used to hearing about innovation in journalism that when I first heard about the Innovation Journalism program at Stanford, I assumed that's what it focused on. Not exactly. 

The VINNOVA-Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism actually focused on helping journalists cover the field of innovation. David Nordfors, a Swedish punk rocker-turned-molecular-physicist-turned-journalist, found that journalists were stuck in silos of "business journalism" and "technology journalism" and couldn't see the big picture of innovation. 

In 2003, Nordfors started the Innovation Journalism program, bringing mid-career journalists from around the world to Stanford University as fellows. They were placed in San Francisco Bay Area newsrooms to learn the new ways that reporters and bloggers were covering technology and innovation. Those newsrooms include the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, CNET and even the Technologizer blog. There's also an annual Conference on Innovation Journalism at Stanford, where the fellows present their work and discuss related topics.
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While the program was set up to help journalists do a better job of covering the topic of innovation, there is now a need for journalists to do a better job of covering innovation in journalism itself. Nordfors told me that journalists charged with covering the media are good practitioners of innovation journalism, because they are mixing business, technology, lifestyle and political journalism in one beat. He stresses that journalists need to break out of their silos and go across disciplines for better coverage of innovation. 

I recently sat down with Nordfors at Stanford to talk about the Innovation Journalism program, and get his take on the current state of journalism, and how media companies -- and even journalism schools -- need to change. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation, including audio and video clips. "
(continued. - read the rest on the PBS Media Shift Web)

Friday, August 14, 2009

IJ-6 conference coverage: Google's chief internet evangelist explores content monetization ideas

San Francisco Examiner / San Jose Media Industry Examiner.
By Del Daix. Published May 18 2009.

"The BBC should get rid of their broadcasting system to focus on content production only and leave the distribution open to new media vectors such as the web and mobile, said Vint Cerf, Google's vice president and chief Internet Evangelist, at the sixth conference on Innovation Journalism at Stanford University today.


In today's "Attention Economy," making sense of the semantics is "a big white spot" in the macroeconomics information system, said David Nordfors, Executive Director of Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism."

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Interview by Euractiv

EurActiv May 5 2009

The European newsletter EurActiv published an interview on Innovation Journalism. The interview is here. (Also available as PDF here, in case the link does not work).

Sunday, March 30, 2008

VentureBeat Injo Interview

VentureBeat 29 Mar 2008

The leading Silicon Valley newsblog VentureBeat runs a story + audio interview with me on what innovation journalism is and what it is good for.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Globes Interview - Injo

Globes 27 Nov 2007

Interview with me in Globes, the largest business daily in Israel, by Yael Gaoni on the topic of innovation journalism. The published version (in Hebrew) is here (online layout) and here (newspaper layout).

The original unedited interview in English is here.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Interview by Basque National Broadcast EITB

EITB 30 Nov 2007

The national Basque public service EITB news channel 24 made an interview with me, available in English, Spanish or French,

Here is their video interview:

Context of interview: Innovation Journalism was keynoted in Bilbao, Spain, at the seminar "Knitting the Innovation Cluster", organized by Cluster Conocimiento, and Fundacion Telefonica.. The program of the seminar is here: Bilbaoseminar.pdf (original in spanish)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Tekes: Journalism is vital to the innovation environment

Tekes, the National Finnish and Innovation Agency, published this story on 21 Sep 2007 (here):

Journalism is vital to the innovation environment

Soili Helminen 21.9.2007

In autumn 2003, when David Nordfors googled "Innovation Journalism", he got zero relevant results.

Instead, he got plenty of results concerning technology, science, and economy.

"I was interested in combining these fields from a journalistic perspective. I was actually quite surprised to learn that nobody had used the term innovation journalism before," says Nordfors, who has led the Innovation Journalism Program at Stanford University since 2004.

The program is financed by Vinnova, the Swedish Government Agency for Innovation Systems, but Nordfors created the concept himself and is full of enthusiasm.

"There is a wide gap between business and technology journalism. Often, one journalist would not even understand what the other was saying, and neither of them understood what innovations were all about," he says.

Innovation journalism seeks to combine economic, technological, and political journalism, and to represent innovation as the foundation for economic success. According to Nordfors, it is in the interests of every nation that journalists understand the function of an innovation ecosystem and are able to communicate it to people.

Active Finnish participation

The concept of innovation journalism has gradually started to flourish among both editors and researchers. Business reporter Jyrki Alkio, from the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, was the first Finn to participate in the Innovation Journalism Program in spring 2006. Postdoctoral researcher Turo Uskali, from the University of Jyväskylä, finished his one-year stay at Stanford in June.

"It was a unique experience to be involved in the creation of a new area of education and research. The content of the program is very similar to my view of how journalism should be developed, which had an impact on my motivation to go to Stanford," he says.

Uskali thinks that it is vital for journalism to experiment with new things, break boundaries, and cooperate with journalists from different countries and cultures. He received support for his visit from Tekes and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation and says that he is happy to see how Finnish media companies and universities have joined the development of innovation journalism with great enthusiasm.

More than twenty Finnish researchers and journalists attended the Fourth Conference on Innovation Journalism organized at Stanford in May. The first in its field, the Finnish Society for Innovation Journalism was established in February 2007.

"It is wonderful to see how the concept is spreading in the world. Society cannot study and discuss the innovation system unless independent journalism tells us about it," Nordfors says.
Text: Anne Valta

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Estonian Story on EJC Conference

The Estonian journalist Tiit Kändler has published a story on the EJC Innovation Journalism Conference in the Estonian news outlet Eesti Päevaleht, including some comments about yours truly. PDF-version available here:

Thursday, June 14, 2007

EU Commissioner Speech About Innovation Journalism

Here is a video of the EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potocnik, delivering a speech in favor of my concept of innovation journalism. The transcript is here as a web page, and here as a pdf: Potocnik-injo-speech-14June2007.pdf

The speech was made on thursday June 14 at the regional innovation journalism conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference, a part of the Slovenian innovation journalism initiative, was arranged by Vibacom, the company founded by Violeta Bulc, who is spearheading the introduction of the injo concept in Slovenia.

As Potocnik refers to in his speech, in February I had the pleasure of a one-on-one with him in Brussels. Violeta and John Hagard, Swedish ambassador to Slovenia, had raised his interest in injo, leading up to an invitation to me to go to Brussels and tell him more about it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

IRT3000 (Slovenia) May 07 / Innovation Journalism

The Slovenian magazine IRT3000 recently published an interview with me on innovation journalism. Here is a translation in English (does not include the introduction part).

A pdf with the IRT3000 story is available for download:

Sunday, April 22, 2007

March 07, NDTV Profit (India) / Innovation Journalism

When visiting the CII/NAS First Global Summit on Innovation in India in the end of March NDTV Profit ran an interview with me.

NDTV is India's first and largest private producer of current affairs, sports and entertainment television. NDTV Profit, a 24-hour business plus channel, is India’s number one business news channel. For more information: www.ndtv.com

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Indo-Asian News Service, 15 Apr 2007 / Innovation Journalism

Indian News Industry Should Innovate to Survive Competition: Media Expert (Interview)

By Nayanima Basu, Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS)

The Indian news industry needs to innovate constantly in order to survive global competition and cater to the changing needs of readers and viewers, says David Nordfors, a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Centre for Innovations in Learning. (continued...)

Click on the link for the whole story:

Friday, October 20, 2006

E+ TV, Kanal A (Slovenia): Innovation Journalism Workshop in Ljubljana

News story from the Slovenian E+ TV show covering the First European Innovation Journalism Workshop at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU. The reportage is made by Maja Nemec and is centered around interviews with David Nordfors. It was broadcast by Kanal A on 20 Oct 2006.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Attention Magazine: Creative Thinker Develops Journalism

The Swedish magazine "Att:ention" published an interview with me on Innovation Journalism July 2006. The piece is written by Johan Jörgensen and Olle Corneer. Att:ention is a monthly magazine made by Veckans Affärer, published by Bonniers Publishing house. Veckans Affärer is the largest Swedish business weekly.

Here is a PDF copy of the interview in the paper magazine: Attention%20interview.pdf

Translation in English here

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Des Moines Register: Elbert: Journalists need to get down to business — innovative business


Journalism does a lousy job covering innovation,
says David Nordfors, a research scholar at Stanford
University. (etc...)

Read the whole story here:

Thursday, June 1, 2000

Chapter in debate book on immigration

by Maria Rankka Timbro, Stockholm Oct. 2000, ISBN 91-7566-481-X, ISSN 1402-9391

A debate book in Swedish discussing how Sweden handles, and should handle, intellectual resources available to the Swedish society via immigration.

One chapter in the book, titled "From labor immigration to brainpower immigration", is an interview with David Nordfors.
Download the whole book in PDF (in Swedish)

Tuesday, November 23, 1999

Motions to Swedish Parliament 99 / Incubators

My study on incubators generated three motions to the Swedish parliament in 1999. They suggested support to a national Swedish incubator support system, referring to my study.
  • Motion to Swedish Riksdag 1999/2000 m372 BSG
    by Göran Lindblad and Per Bill (Moderaterna)
  • Party Motion to the Swedish Riksdag 1999/2000:m510 BSG
    by Bo Lundgren et al. (Moderaterna)
  • Motion to the Swedish Riksdag 1999/2000:N296 By Per Rosengren (Vänstern)

Excerpt from one of them:

The venture capital debate has been going on for a longer time in Sweden. In most cases it has been about various ways of easing taxes, such as abolishing the so called double taxation. But we have lacked a strategy for securing the development of modern technology and benefiting from the knowledge within groups that have not caught been focused on by the debate. (snip)

The researcher David Nordfors has together with Orren Shalit described the Israeli Technological Incubator model. (snip)

The Riksdag should suggest the government to introduce a support mechanism for new high-tech companies according to the Israeli model.

Saturday, June 19, 1999

Dagens Industri: "Incubator" develops business ideas

Dagens Industri, Largest Swedish business daily, 110 200 copies - 4th largest in Europe. half page article:

Interview with David Nordfors, Eliezer Manor - Chairman Israel Venture Association, and Kamran Elahian - serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley. Focus on incubators and Nordfors' project for bringing the Israeli model to Sweden.

Translation in english here.

Wednesday, August 27, 1997

Göteborgsposten: Sweden can be IT penetration world leader

Originally uploaded by david_nordfors
Interview with David Nordfors in Göteborgsposten, largest daily in Göteborg, second largest city in Sweden. How Sweden is targeted to become the country with highest IT penetration in the world, and the consequences of that. "The IT revolution is social, rather than technological".

Download the story in PDF: GP-KKS.pdf


Wednesday, October 2, 1996

Teracom VP in Dagens Industri: Nordfors wrong

DI Debatt Teracom.jpg
Originally uploaded by david_nordfors
Dagens Industri October 2 1996. Göran Arvedahl, Executive Vice President of Teracom replies Brunell and Nordfors on Internet vs digital TV discussion.

Brunell and Nordfors attacked in an earlier op-ed the Swedish government proposal for a national terrestrial digital TV network, claiming the government should put emphasis on developing Internet networking competence in Sweden, instead of building new TV networks on which it can control the content.

Arvedahl, VP of Teracom, the government owned company that was designed to own the terestrial digital TV network, answers: Brunell and Nordfors have misunderstood. The digital TV network is what people need. Will also carry the Internet.

Download in PDF: DI-Debatt-teracom.pdf

Saturday, December 13, 1980

Uppsala Nya Tidning: N-Liners

Originally uploaded by david_nordfors
Interview with post-punk band N-Liners in Uppsala Nya Tidning, published Dec 13 1980.

N-Liners: Petter Eklund, Lead Guitar/Singer; Jacob Höglund, drums; Johan Höglund, Guitar; David Nordfors, keyboards; Jan Sandred, bass.

Download in pdf:

Saturday, August 2, 1980

Schlager: N-Liners

Originally uploaded by david_nordfors
Interview with post-punk band N-Liners in Schlager, a Swedish rock music magazine. Published approx 1980.

N-Liners: Petter Eklund, Lead Guitar/Singer; Jacob Höglund, drums; Johan Höglund, Guitar; David Nordfors, keyboards; Jan Sandred, bass.
Download in PDF: