This is audio of the panel, "News X Roadmaps," at the Georgia Tech Symposium on Computation and Journalism, Feb. 23, 2008. Panelists were Neil Budde, former editor in chief at Yahoo! News; Wally Dean, online/broadcast diretor of the Committee of Concerned Journalists; Jacob Kaplan-Moss of the Lawrence Journal-World; and Ramesh Jain, computer-science professor at the University of California, Irvine.
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This is audio of the panel, "News X Roadmaps," at the Georgia Tech Symposium on Computation and Journalism, Feb. 23, 2008. Panelists were Neil Budde, former editor in chief at Yahoo! News; Wally Dean, online/broadcast diretor of the Committee of Concerned Journalists; Jacob Kaplan-Moss of the Lawrence Journal-World; and Ramesh jain, computer-science professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Caorl DiSalvo, Georgia Tech language, literature and communication professor, moderates a panel on "Information Mashups: Aggregation, Syndication and Web Services," on Sat., Feb. 23, 2008 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Panelists were Jon Brothers, CTO of the Sunlight Foundation; and Nate Nichols, creator of NewsAtSeven.com.
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Kristian Hammond, co-director of the Northwestern University computer-science deparment, moderates a panel on how to manage newsroom workflow. Panelists were Albert Hauptmann, systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon University; Solana Larsen, co-managing editor of GlobalVoicesOnline.org; Carol Minton Moore, a one-time fourth-grade teacher and spokesman for the National Science Digital Library; and Rob Lamb, customer and partner development director at Clickability.com.
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At the Georgia Tech Computation and Journalism Symposium Feb. 23, 2008, Nora Paul of the University of Minnesota, moderates the panel, "Participant Journalism and Journalism Participation: Interacting and Authoring New Media," wih panelists Ian Bogost, Georgia Tech videogame designer and professor; Ezra Cooperstein, development director for viewer-created content at Current.TV; Lila King, senior producer for user participation at CNN.com, and Wilson Miner, designer and co-founder of EverBlock.com
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This is unedited audio of two sessions at the Georgia Tech Symposium on Computation and Journalism held Feb. 22-23, 2008 in Atlanta. The audio begins part way through the introduction by Irfan Essa, conference convenor, then continues with keynote addresses by Google's Krisna Bharat and American Public Media's Michael Skoler. Then after a few minutes' of break, the audio picks up with a panel on Unbiquitous Journalism, with moderator Leonard Witt of Kennesaw State University, along with panelists Mark Hansons, of UCLA; Sanjay Sood of AllVoices.com; and Leah Clver of Pownce.com.
On Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, we grabbed audio of a panel on the "21st Century Editor in Chief." The talk is part of the Symposium on Computation and Journalism at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Moderator is Gary Kebbel, program director of the Knight Foundation in charge of the Knight News Challenge. On the panel are Shawn MacIntosh, director of culture and change at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mitch Gelman, senior vp and executive producer of CNN.com and Christopher Barr, senior editorial director at Yahoo! and former founding editor in chif of CNet Networks.
Kebbel describes the Knight Brothers News Challenge, a $25-million initiative of the Knight Foundation to support innovation in news and journalism which serves real local communities. He said all the definitions of news, audience and distribution are no longer certain.
Chris Barr talks about the "load of growth of traffic from handhelds." He says people seem comfortable with context-based advertising to enhance the user experience, but for some people "alarm bells go off" on privacy and other issues when behavioral targetting serves up different content to different users. Barr provided his list of the "what's next" things which will influence journalism, including the next-general Internet Protocol, huge increases in bandwidth to homes, faster microprocessors, artificial intelligence, robs and nanotechnology.
Then Barr offers a list of the things he hopes technologists will invent to help news and journalism, including: Self-identifying content, easier-to-use tools to publish to multiple distribution outlets, easier user-generated content, persistent real-time feeds (including video and audio), ubiquitous personalization, and massive localization.
Shawn MacIntosh, of the AJC, asked for more tools to understand audiences -- digital as well as print. What do print readers want to have as part of their experience, she asks? And how can the serendipity of the newspaper page-turning experience be replicated on the web. "I'm not worried about the newspaper business. I couldn't be more excited about the demands for news . . . I think the challenges are going to require partnerships between journalists and technologists."
The editor-in-chief today is more a student and listener than anything else today, says Gelman, who is CNN.COM's lead editorial person. He talked about CNN's newest initiative, in beta, something called "I Report," a place where consumers can upload their own videos. Some of the videos get pulled from the I Report site to the general CNN service. "The authenticity of these pieces is vetted before it makes it onto CNN News," he says. "It is not vetted before it appears on IReport.com." He says the 21st-century editor's job is about recognizing the value of the consumer's contribution. And recognizing that the newsroom is now a news organization. He says it requires the humility to deal with technologists.
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Northwestern University professor Rich Gordon opens Saturday's session of a computational journalism summit at Georgia Tech with a plea for journalists to understand that the job of the technologist involves creativity and the job of the journalist increasingly involves challenging technology. Gordon is mdoerating a panel, "Advances in News Gathering," at a Symposium on Computation and Journalism in Atlanta. Gordon, who teaches at the Medill School of Journalism, says the event is the first he can think to try and extend the communication between journalists and technologists. With him on the panel are Nic Fulton, chief scientist at Reuters media, Paul Ferguson, supervising editor, international news, at CNN; and Andrew Haeg, senior producer at American Public media's Center for Innovation in Journalism.
Ferguson described the advances CNN has made in using mobile satellite technology to set up within eight minutes the capability to broadcast live television from anywhere in the world -- a package which costs many thousands of dollars, but now weighs only 65 pounds. Fulton described Reuters experiments with technology partner Nokia to use a mobile camera phone for instant, low-resolution, on-the-street video interviews. In addition, he said Reuters is now using computers to electronically "read" news releases and write headlines and lead paragraphs, which are then briefly checked by an editor for accuracy before being transmitted globally. "Now, we're beginning to have machines reading news and turning it into information that triggers trades," says Fulton. From Fulton's point of view, there is no lack of information in the Internet age, but there is a lack of analysis. He said he hopes journalist and technologists will find ways to enable the public to read things such as congressional reports and efficiently extract and submit the news they contain.
Haeg listed three questions which challenge technologists working on journalism solutions: (1) What tools can we use to better spot patterns and emergent issue? (2) What's the most effiicnet way to disseminate all of the information and insights we're receiving? (3) How can we measure trust and confidence?
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Jim Klurfield spent three decades as a reporter and editor at Newsday, the dominant daily on Long Island, N.Y. -- including two decades as editorial-page editor. Now he has a new career -- as director of the News Literacy Project at Stony Brook University, near his home. In a 51-minute audio stream, Klufeld narrates a PowerPoint description of the experimental news-literacy syllabus which the project taught to 400 undergraduates -- none of them journalism majors -- in the fall of 2007. Audio d 51 minutes, 21 seconds / download file size: 24.65 MB.
You can download the curriculum Powerpoint, and then listen to Klurfield discuss it: