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Tracking the Changes and Transformations in Today’s Newsroom April 18, 2009

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A very cohesive panel on changes and transformations in the newsrooms featured three panelists on the transformations in physical newsrooms.
Sue Robinson took a look at the physical space of changing newsrooms and how to spatially arrange a newsroom to promote a successful digital transition, especially by the older, traditional journalists. Placing the online journalists and editors in the front and center of the traditional print journalists is one of the best practices she found, because it keeps the digital transition accessible and on everyone’s mind. She also found that old school journalists feel that working online is not real journalism, and management expectations can address his by acknowledging the time journalists spend engaged in cross platform work.
Neil Thurman next presented his research on Europe’s first online-only newspaper, Taloussanomat. The financial daily went online only in December of 07. Thurman presented many aspects of his research, including the way journalists and editors stuck to traditional print operations, even in the absence of it. He found that the journalists as the paper he studied wanted to have stories ready by the end of the day, even without that old deadline restriction. He also presented research on lost profits and reduced expenditures.
This panel’s final presenter, Chris Anderson, focused on Web production, audience and metrics, describing an alternate way of addressing audience, and how technology changes the news product.


Steve Sullivan discusses need for adaptability in newsrooms April 18, 2009

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Steve Sullivan, Multimedia Editor of the Baltimore Sun, reflected on remarks he made 10 years ago and where he sees newsrooms going in the future.

Ten years ago at the first International Symposium on Online Journalism, Sullivan remarked, “There is always going to be a place for a single medium specialist, some people just excel in one form of communication.” While still agrees with these predictions, Sullivan added today that these same specialized journalists need to broaden their perspective to understand what is going on in other mediums.

Sullivan focused his talk today on the need for understanding and adaptability in news rooms. He said that versality is something every newsroom has to strive for in order to survive, and he also mentioned that newsrooms should cultivate entrepreneurial journalists – people who can find ways to grow their audience and their outlet’s revenue through creativity.

Although many pundits may remain pessimistic about the future of the newspaper, Sullivan maintains that today the media is lucky – today, media has opportunities to be in places it has never been before.

Symposium 2009-Rosental Alves Opening Remarks April 17, 2009

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Rosental Alves, a professor and the University of Texas Symposium chair, welcomed everyone to the International Symposium and apologized for the rainy weather in Austin, especially to those who came from out of town. He greeted everyone physically present as well as those who were watching through the symposium’s webcast. Alves talked about the many speakers that the symposium that have come over the years, and how the discussions at the symposiums has changed over years and how some of the questions asked at the first symposium remain today. 

He then turned the floor over to Tracy Dahlby, the director of UT’s School of Journalism and Johnathan Dube, President of the Online News Association.

After Tracy Dahlby spoke, Alves went on to say that we are at an extremely important time in journalism. Alves noted that just because much of the news media is failing, that does not mean they will disappear. Instead, things will change and revolutionize and adapt. Journalists will follow.

Alves also noted that the Online News Association (ONA) and its president Johnathan Dube, has internships that he had recommended to students. He noted the importance of  ONA, how he has worked in junction with the organization in the past and how their efforts are apart of the changes being made in journalism.

Usability 10 years later April 5, 2008

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Richard Stevens of Southern Methodist University presented his paperUsability 10 Years Later: Are We Listening?

Stevens’ project involved looking at the extent to which the major mass media that also maintain a Web presence have used content usability principles.

Stevens talked in length about the use of mobile phones to read news stories.

“If I’m reading a news story on my mobile phone, it’s a very different experience,” Stevens said. “Especially if I’m trying to read a story while I’m trying to drive or catch the subway, it needs to be completely different.”

Stevens said the average New York Times story takes nine page jumps on a mobile phone, and about five and a half on a smart phone, and almost double that for a Washington Post story.

Whereas the goal in online news stories is to reduce the number of jump pages and increase the amount of text on the page, the objective is completely opposite on cellular phones, in order to keep users from having to scroll.

You can view Stevens’ presentation here.

Q&A – Costs April 5, 2008

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What are the costs of producing these games?

“It costs a lot of money to develop interactive software. A lot of that can be offset by doing really creative things. For some of our games, it cost money, but there was a very attractive upside. I’m willing to work on things at very low cost upfront if it will pay out later. Plus it makes me more invested in the game and in the quality of the game.” – Ian Bogost

“Some of these games had 2 million players. They’re free, that’s part of why they work so well, but they are reaching a lot of people. Some of the games I showed had a budget of $3 million, so it goes up.” -Suzanne Seggerman

“If you want to use the game to develop them to other traffic, develop it that way. It’s cost from 50-500,000 thousand, depending on how fast you want to develop it.” – Howard Finberg

Absentee blogging April 5, 2008

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I’m in a hotel room in Wheat Ridge, Colorado checking on what I missed of today’s events. You may be reading up on this in between log-ins to your Facebook and Myspace, which brings us to Day 2 of the Symposium…

I spoke with Dr. Tremayne earlier this week and he says the research presentations Saturday will cover a lot of what we really concentrate on in class- our online social networks. Keep it locked in here for the multimedia class’ coverage of Day 2!

Global Voices- “The World Is Talking…Are You Listening? April 4, 2008

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Rising Voices is introducing new media to techniques to those who would otherwise not be exposed (Bolivia, Morrocco, etc…). Basically helping information be distributed from those who would be unheard due to government control on the media. The site has a project where people translate over 50 languages to English to be distributed. They are now actually being funded by Reuters.

They are working with some mainstream media (NYT) and are hoping to work with Washington Post soon. They are in preliminary discussions to have aprofession news wire based on the best Global Voices stories.

Ultimately they are trying to enhance global media by reporting on global issues.

Global Voices April 4, 2008

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She mentioned the blogosphere vs. journalists…her take on the ‘age old’ question was that blogging is complimentary of journalism.

Community Building Jim Brady April 4, 2008

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Jim Brady’s Slides are very nice. No? Journalist at the top and moving to generators then responders. Anyone agree?

Some Q&A April 4, 2008

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Q&A on the hybrid newsroom panel is happening as we speak. Some interesting quotes from Chris Lloyd:

““We’d all like to see more revenues going to the Internet, but more important is what you’re missing out on if you don’t do it.”

“We’ve moved away from having bureaus to having people based in countries. We can’t work against our resources.”

From Almar Latour:

“It’s not unheard of to get more page hits on an info graphic than on the story itself. We’re pouring resources into it.”

“I don’t think in-depth reporting and having many storytelling skills at your disclosure are mutually exclusive. Our local market is a virtual market. Within that, you’ll see hard hitting reporting and lots and lots of resources.”