Monthly Archives: January 2013

Upcoming events of interest to journovators

Here are some upcoming events at the S.I. Newhouse school that we think may be of interest to SU students and journovators.

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Brown Bag Lunch with Natalie Gourvich from Squarespace

12-1 P

M – Thursday, January 31st, I-3 Center (Newhouse 3 432-434)
Open to SU students and faculty.

Please join Natalie Gourvich, Business Development Manager for Squarespace, on Thursday, January 31st at 12:00pm in the I-3 Center (room 432/434) to learn about how you can use Squarespace to build a website for your research, creative and classroom projects. Squarespace is an easy-to-use website creation platform in business since 2005. Faculty member Deb Pang Davis has been using it regularly since 2008 for client sites as well as her own.

Squarespace recently launched Version 6 (V6) an intuitive, drag-n-drop experience for people who dread getting their hands “dirty” with code. The beauty of it (still in beta) is that for those of us who don’t mind some grease, Squarespace is exceptionally malleable. The icing on the cake? Squarespace is very secure, stable (no hackers!) and has 24/7 customer support.

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Hacking Journalism with Dan Schultz

NOON-1 PM – Wednesday, February 6, I3 Center (Newhouse 3, Room 432)
Open to SU students, faculty and the general public.

Our second Digital Edge Journalism seminar is scheduled for Feb. 6 and will feature Dan Schultz. Dan’s topic will be “Hacking Journalism.” He’ll be speaking from noon-1:30 p.m. in the I3 Center (Newhouse 3, Room 432). Please RSVP on Eve

ntbrite so that we can plan for space. Light snacks will be provided for those who RSVP and bring their Eventbrite tickets.

Most journalists can only do so much on their own with technology. To create something that is truly unique and innovative, you need to work with a developer. Thankfully, more and more developers are choosing journalism as a profession.

Dan Schultz is an MIT Media Lab grad and currently completing a Knight Mozilla Journalism fellowship at the Boston Globe. His recent projects include Truth Goggles, which compares news stories with PolitiFact articles in real time to determine if a statement is true or false; and ATTN-SPAN, which watches C-SPAN for you to create personalized episodes about what your representatives said in Congress.

See his code in action and get tips for how to convince coders to apply their skills to journalism.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite.
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Was Big Data the Difference?

Journalist? Political junkie? Tech geek? Find out why, and how Big Data may be the future of campaigning.The last election may have been won by the party that did the best job of aggregating and analyzing data about voters.

 

SPEAKERS:

  • Ashley Bryant: State digital director, Ohio, Obama for America.
  • Paul Cristian Morarescu: Assistant professor, data science, the School of Information Studies.
  • Grant Reeher: Professor, Political Science, The Maxwell School.
  • Hub Brown: Associate Dean, Research, Creativity, International Initiatives and Diversity. Associate Professor, S.I. Newhouse School (moderator).

 

Hacking the News with Dan Schultz

Our second Digital Edge Journalism seminar is scheduled for Feb. 6 and will feature Dan Schultz, who will be talking about “Hacking Journalism.” He’ll be speaking from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenham auditorium in Newhouse building 3. Please RSVP on Eventbrite so that we can plan for space. Light snacks will be provided for those who RSVP and bring their Eventbrite tickets.

ABOUT THE EVENT

Technology is changing all media, including journalism, but the fact is that most journalists can only get so far on their own. Creating something that is truly unique and innovative in the digital sphere requires working with a developer.

But where are these mythical developers, and why would they work on journalism when they could work at, say, Google or NASA?

Believe it or not, more and more developers are choosing journalism as a profession for a simple reason: they want to do something that makes a difference in the world. They call themselves hacker-journalists, and this is your chance to meet one.

Dan Schultz is an MIT Media Lab grad who is currently completing a Knight Mozilla OpenNews fellowship at the Boston Globe. His recent projects include Truth Goggles, which compares news stories with PolitiFact articles in real time to determine if a statement is true or false; and ATTN-SPAN, which watches C-SPAN for you to create personalized episodes about what your representatives said in Congress.

In this seminar, you’ll get to see Dan’s creations in action and get tips for how to convince coders to apply their skills to journalism. And who knows, you may even learn a little programming so you can hack the news yourself.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

Media coverage of Drone Day

The Syracuse local and campus media attended our Drone Day presentation on Jan. 23, watching our presentation about drones in journalism and the demonstration of our drone.

Here are links to the coverage.

Syracuse University journalism prof demos $300 camera drone | syracuse.com

Sneak Peek at Future of Flying Newsroom Drones : News : CNYcentral.com

Drones could buzz through your backyard : News : CNYcentral.com

Drone technology could soon be used in news – YNN, Your News Now

Brave new world: Professor displays drone, encourages students to explore controversial future | The Daily Orange

Syracuse University News » News for the Syracuse University community » Video: using drones for news coverage 

Drone Day at Newhouse (Storify)

 

Win a Drone of Your Own!

Unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with cameras aren’t just for the military anymore. Thanks to new laws, they’re coming to newsrooms, TV and film studios — and even your own back yard. But just because a new technology can be used for something doesn’t mean that it necessarily should.

Help us chart a path for the responsible use of drones in news coverage and “civic media” that educates and informs, while also adhering to the FAA’s hobbyist guidelines for unmanned aircraft. Enter your ideas into this contest, and you may be the lucky winner of a drone of your very own!

There are two categories. One, best for Newhouse students, is to propose a news story that uses drone footage while adhering to the FAA’s hobbyist guidelines. The other, best for students who have some programming skills, is to use the A.R. Parrot 2.0 drone’s Software Development Kit (SDK) to create an iPhone or iPad app that enhances the drone’s newsgathering or documentary film operations.

Ready to enter? Fill out the form below.The deadline is midnight on February 23.

Only Syracuse University students may apply, but if you’re not an SU student we encourage you to partner with one. Good luck!

Drone Week: Examples of Drone Journalism

Drone Week continues here at Journovation. Remember, this Wednesday (Jan. 23) is the first of our Digital Edge Journalism Series. Starting at noon, Dan Pacheco will be talking about and demonstrating some of the ways drones can be used in journalism. We’ll also be flying our own drone and giving details about our Win a Drone of Your Own contest. (Don’t forget to sign up here. There’s food, too!).

One of the parts of our contest is coming up with a potential news story in which drones can be used. To get you thinking about stories you may want to pitch to us (or do in your own career), here are some examples of how drones are being used in the journalism world.

We start, as always, with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Drone Journalism Lab. They used drones to cover the devastating droughts that hit the midwest in 2012. Professor Matt Waite has been at the forefront of the use and research of drones in journalism.

 

 

60 Minutes also used a drone to get some otherwise hard-to-get footage of the half-sunken Coasta Concordia, a passenger ship that ran aground in Tuscany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, the Occupy Wall Street Movement also used a drone – the same Parrot ARDrone that we’re using and giving away – to get a live feed of the 2011 protests.

 

Drone Week: The Drone Journalism Lab

It’s Drone Week here at Journovation, where we’re getting ready for our first Digital Edge Journalism Seminar on Wednesday (don’t foret to sign up here).

To get a better idea what is going with with drones in journalism, a great place to start is the Drone Journalism Lab. It’s at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is run by Professor Matt Waite, one of the brightest thinkers in the future-of-journalism world.

You can read all about the lab here. And you can see an example of how a drone can be used for journalism here, with their coverage of summer droughts in the midwest.

Drone Week at Journovation!

With the first in our Digital Edge Journalism seminar scheduled for Wednesday (sign up here) focusing on drones in journalism, we’re turning the next few days into Drone Week. It’s like Shark Week, only … with Drones.

Over the next couple days, stay tuned to our site and to our Twitter feed for stories about how drones are being used in journalism, about the research that’s being done and about the ethical factors that go into the use of drones.

 

Drones kick off new Digital Edge Journalism seminar series

S.I. Newhouse students return to class on Monday, just in time to RSVP for our new Digital Edge Seminar series hosted by Journalism Innovation Chair Dan Pacheco. The first in the series is about inexpensive flying camera drones, which will allow journalists to get aerial footage that previously was only possible by renting a helicopter. Here are more details about the event, for which you can RSVP on Eventbrite. (Be sure to do that if you to partake of food.)

 

DRONES ARE COMING TO JOURNALISM

Download this PDF flyer to print and share.

Unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with cameras aren’t just for the military anymore. Thanks to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, they’re coming to newsrooms like 60 Minutes and CNN Money, TV and film studios, and even your back yard.

Learn about new opportunities as well as the legal and ethical considerations of camera drones from Professor Dan Pacheco, the S.I. Newhouse school’s Chair of Journalism Innovation.

As a bonus, get the opportunity to fly the A.R. Parrot 2.0 drone, and learn about our upcoming contest to win a drone of your own.

When: Wednesday, January 23, noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Newhouse 3, room 432
RSVP: http://newdrone.eventbrite.com
Light snacks will be provided with your RSVP.