A Newsplex Webinar:
The newsroom of the future
Newsroom leaders including Raju Narisetti
of The Wall Street Journal (@rajunarisetti)
and analyst Ken Doctor will convene online Jan. 16
to discuss the news industry’s future in a
free, two-hour webinar hosted by the World Editors
Forum (WEF), the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association
(SNPA) and the University of South Carolina College
of Mass Communications and Information Studies.
The webinar will begin at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard
Time in the United States).
The first hour will focus on the lessons we have
learned from the media transformation that has occurred
in the 10 years since the World Association and News
Publishers (WAN-IFRA) opened its prototype newsroom
of the future and training facility, Newsplex, at
the University of South Carolina.
How to View and Participate
To view The Future of News — a
You will be asked to register and it is a simple
process. You can use Facebook and Twitter, if you
wish. By registering, you may post comments and questions
in the on screen chat box. The webinar is free.
The second hour of the webinar will focus on
the future of news publishing and innovations in newsrooms.
Other participants will include Cherilyn Ireton, WEF executive
director; Western Kentucky University Professor Kerry Northrup,
who conceived Newsplex; Saf Fahim, the architect who designed
Newsplex; former BBC training executive Jonathan Halls,
who now provides leadership workshops for media organizations;
as well as working journalists from around the world who
trained in Newsplex. Present in Newsplex will be Charles
Bierbauer, the dean of the University of South Carolina
College of Mass Communications and Information Studies;
USC journalism faculty and students; as well members of
the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.
SNPA Executive Director Edward Van Horn is looking forward
to the event.
“The program will feature an extraordinary lineup
of analysts to discuss trends, and be presented in a digital
format that will make it possible for media professionals
to participate without leaving their offices,” Van
“The Newsplex brand is synonymous with newsroom
change and innovation around the world” said Ireton. “With
the recent opening of Newsplex facilities in France and
Singapore, it is appropriate to step back to see how far
we have come and to look forward to see what is in front
of us,” she added.
Using Spreecast technology,
webinar viewers will be able to text their comments and
questions throughout the event. Afterward, excerpts from
the webinar will accessible through the Newsplex website.
“A lot has happened in 10 years, so we are going
to have a lot to talk about,” said Newsplex Director
Randy Covington. In February, Newsplex’s current
physical facility will close, but “we aren’t
going away,” Covington explained.
“We will still offer the same training and services,” Covington
said, “and when construction of our new school of
journalism is finished, there will be a new newsroom of
the future. In the interim, we will live in the virtual
world, just like so many in new media.”
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