The Miami Foundation

Date Awarded
Grant Period
11/09/12 to 11/09/13
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Knight Prototype Fund

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Grantee Contact

  • Miami, FL

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The mission of Kon*Fab is to explore news and information through a more serendipitous discovery.

Most newsreaders are built on predictive behavior algorithms that can lead to an uninspiring repetitious flow of the news. The mission of Kon*Fab is to explore news and information through a more serendipitous discovery. Kon*Fab will improve user experience by linking news with the real-time activities of individuals inhabiting physical locations. This alternate model for presenting the news will provide users the opportunity to stumble across new people with new interests potentially improving local engagement around news and community.

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Project Team

Katy Newton and Sean Connelly

49th Parallel Productions

Katy Newton

Katy Newton began her career in San Francisco’s documentary film and commerical industry before moving gradually into journalism by producing interactive stories for the Oakland Tribune. One of her proudest achievements was the Not Just a Number project, an interactive community journalism initiative that took a new approach to the Tribune’s annual homocide report. The project reinvented the way the paper covered issues of violence, humanizing the numbers and connecting with readers. It was recognized with the 2007 Knight Foundation Service Journalism Award. In 2008, Newton became a video journalist at the Los Angeles Times. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a 2010 Emmy nomination, an Overseas Press Club Award and two Webby Awards: for a web series that explored the people behind the posts in the “missed connections” section of Craigslist and for a web documentary that tells the story of ex-L.A. gang members making a difference in rural Alabama.

Sean Connelly

Started a small multimedia production company with designer/documentary filmmaker Katy Newton, who happens to be my wife. We are a small two-person company so I end up wearing many hats, with a focus on programming and assisting with the design phase.

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