March 12, 2011
Researchers focus on newsroom innovations at online journalism symposium
The potential of innovations for news organizations will be tackled by the first research panel of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, starting at 2 p.m. on April 1.
The panel, called “Examining news innovations,” will feature six research projects and be chaired by Amy Schmitz-Weiss, from San Diego State University. The featured papers discuss changes in every aspect of the news process from education to newsroom structures to distribution methods.
Tanja Aitamurto, from the University of Tampere in Finland, and Seth Lewis, from the University of Minnesota, examined the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) by news organizations. Examples they studied include The Guardian’s “open platform”and The New York Times’ “developer network”.
Mark Berkey-Gerard, from Rowan University, studied the potential for online hyperlocal journalism by analyzing Newsworks.org, a pilot program of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that features an interactive website with content directed towards residents of northwest Philadelphia.
Tim Currie, from University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, looked at Postmedia Network, a Canadian company that owns several daily newspapers that integrated editorial content with Foursquare’s location-based service.
Carla Patrao and Antonio Dias Figueiredo, from the University of Coimbra, set out to discover how to educate the next generation of journalists with innovative techniques in a social context and with the aid of technology.