David Sarno is ready to roll up his sleeves. Per a nifty item in Fast Company by Nicole Laporte, he has completed a John S. Knight journalism fellowship at Stanford and is preparing to pitch investors on his startup Lighthaus.
The San Francisco-based enterprise is all about creating high-end interactive touchscreen graphics to go along with online newspaper and magazine stories. For his final Stanford project, Sarno created a $5,000 graphic depicting the intricacies of natural gas fracking. From Laporte’s piece:
Lighthaus has already drummed up interest. The Dallas Morning News is working with Sarno to create its own fracking graphic, and Stanford Medicine magazine has commissioned Lighthaus to create technology to explain the medical condition known as placenta accreta.
Sarno recognizes that creation costs will prevent Lighthaus graphics from becoming an everyday media occurrence. But he’s excited to continue his career down a digital storytelling path that the New York Times‘s “Snowfall” and “The Jockey” reports for example have only hinted at.