Air Quality Open-Source Sensors and San Diego


We are documenting here the efforts of a special, one-of-a-kind sensor journalism project underway by the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University.

sensorThis special project, “What’s in the Air,” is a collaborative between journalism and geology students from San Diego State University along with inewsource, a nonprofit news organization, to experiment with the concept of using electronic sensors to test air quality in San Diego in an effort to help the public be more informed about pollution and its impact on the city.


We are just getting underway with the project and seeking people to help us in the following ways:

  • Volunteers to help us test our electronic, innovative sensors throughout the San Diego area
  • Students who would like to join us on this exciting journey that begins in spring 2015
  • Educators (K-12) who would like to learn more about this project and interested in implementing a sensor experiment in their classroom
  • Innovators/makers who are interested in experimenting with different kinds of sensor technologies

If you are interested in participating in the project, please complete this form:

Also, stay tuned to this space as we will be posting more details in the weeks and months ahead as we get started. 🙂

This project is administered by the Online News Association with support from Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation.


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