SOJC faculty members Donna Davis, Ed Madison, and Wes Pope have been selected as the inaugural fellows for the Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement.

The Center, which examines the role of journalism in civic life and pursues strategies for transforming and sustaining high-quality journalism in a digital world, chose the three SOJC faculty members based on their potential for innovative, high-impact research and creative projects that will advance journalism, communication and civic engagement.

Mike Fancher, interim executive director of the Center said he was “absolutely impressed” with the fellows and their proposals. “Their individual drive and focus, combined with the marvelous range of their work, should result in clear impact that will drive the conversation around innovation and community.”

Davis’ project, titled A Study of Gamification in a Social Virtual World To Engage Disabled Individuals in Support Communications, and will study people with Parkinson’s disease who use virtual worlds to reduce the impact of their symptoms.

Pope will be developing a new video brand strategy for the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate web sites with his News Video Analytics Lab.

Madison’s project, Northwest Stories, will work to challenge the conventions of broadcast journalism by producing experimental multimedia stories designed for multiple platforms.