Digital First? 

How technology and multi-platform journalism are disrupting and reinventing journalism

A One Day Conference for Student and Future Journalists

Sunday, October 4, 2015

 

#ColbyJournoCon

 

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College will offer college newspaper editors, reporters, advisers and those interested in a journalism career an opportunity to learn about reporting in today’s technology-driven world. More information including a conference schedule, session description, and complete registration information will be available soon for this free conference.


About The 2015 Conference

This year's keynote speaker is award-winning journalist Andy Carvin, founder and Editor-in-Chief of reported.ly. While at NPR, Andy spent two years embedded within social media communities to cover the Arab Spring, for which he was nominated to TIME magazine’s annual TIME 100 list. He is a recipient of the Knight Batten Award, the Shorty Award for best journalist on Twitter, and co-recipient of the Peabody Award for his work with NPR’s online team.

This year’s keynote speaker is award-winning journalist Andy Carvin, founder and Editor-in-Chief of reported.ly. While at NPR, Andy spent two years embedded within social media communities to cover the Arab Spring, for which he was nominated to TIME magazine’s annual TIME 100 list. He is a recipient of the Knight Batten Award, the Shorty Award for best journalist on Twitter, and co-recipient of the Peabody Award for his work with NPR’s online team.

The rapid convergence of news and technology has dramatically changed the landscape of journalism today. Scores of traditional outlets have ceased operation, others struggle, and some are managing to ride the wave by changing their strategies and editorial policies to accommodate consumers habituated to multi-platform news.

These evolving demands require new ways of thinking from news managers, and new skills and abilities for reporters. Journalists are expected to report using words, images, video, audio and graphics, often at a blinding speed in a digital-first strategy. A reporter must get the news online as it happens, add material as it develops, consider graphics and embedded links, and, of course, publish.

What are the demands of reporters and editorial departments? Who is responsible for fact-checking, understanding media law, stylistic edits, and graphic enhancements? How are news organizations shifting priorities and budgets to address technology-driven changes? Where is the line between reporting on a crisis and participating in the crisis through telling the story?

The greater question is — should we expect journalists to be a reporter, writer, videographer, producer and editor all at the same time?

The Lovejoy Student Journalism Conference will gather award-winning journalists, academics, and legal experts explore the changing demands of multi-platform reporting through sessions like:

  • Writing and interviewing for different platforms
  • Capturing audio and video on any device
  • Crisis reporting or crisis participation
  • Drones, satellites and other long-distance tools
  • The art and science of the info-graphics
  • Writing and designing for mobile readers
  • Content screening and editing and the long arm of the law
  • How social media and citizen journalism is or can replace traditional news sourcing and reporting

The conference will include workshops, lectures, and panel discussions led by award-winning journalists.

Conference Schedule

Presenter Biographies


For more information, please contact:

Alice Elliott
Associate Director, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
Colby College
aelliott@colby.edu
207-859-5313

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