In April 2012 I published a whitepaper on Cultivating Innovation in Computational Journalism with the CUNY Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. Jeff Jarvis wrote about it on the Tow-Knight blog, and the Nieman Lab even covered it.
Part of the paper developed a structured brainstorming activity called “Aha!” to help students and news industry professionals in thinking more about ways to combine ideas from technology, information science, user needs, and journalistic goals into useful new news products and services. We produced a printed deck of cards with different concepts that people could re-combine, and you can still get these cards from CUNY.
But really the Aha! Brainstorming activity was begging to be made into an app, which is now available on the Apple App Store. The app has the advantages that you can augment the re-combinable concepts, you can audio record your brainstorming sessions, take and store photos of any notes you scribble down about your ideas, and share the whole thing via email with your colleagues. If you have an iDevice be sure to check it out!