Researchers to address future of newsrooms, news consumption, and the Christian Science Monitor case

The future of newsrooms and how readers consume the news will be two of the topics addressed by a panel of researchers at the International Symposium on Online Journalism on April 2.

The panel, titled “Beyond News Routines, Beyond News Consumption,” will feature six papers addressing the evolution of newsrooms, interactivity and trends, and the future of news consumption. Prof. Tom Johnson, from the University of Texas at Austin, will chair the panel which starts at 11 a.m. at the AT&T Conference Center.

Prof. Hsiang Iris Chyi and Monica Chadha, also from the University of Texas at Austin, will present their research on news consumption and whether all consumers are moving toward mobile devices to get information.

Also from UT, Ingrid Bachmann and Summer Harlow will discuss how Latin American newspaper websites are becoming more interactive and what can still be done to have a conversation with readers.

Angela Lee, from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, will talk about the five online features her research found that predict popularity among top U.S. news sites.

Drury University’s Johnathan Groves and University of Memphis assistant professor Carrie Brown will share their findings on the transformation of the Christian Science Monitor.

Similarly, Ahmed El Gody, from Orebro University in Sweden, will present his research on the effects of information communication technologies on Egyptian newsrooms

To round out the topics on the panel, an analysis of external links posted on Facebook is likely to draw attention. The paper, authored by UT’s Brian Baresch and others, provides insight into how news moves through online social networks.