A Monday, April 15 panel of tech-savvy journalists who are engineering change on the front lines of big data launches a new speaker series hosted by the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism.
"Coding for the Future: The Rise of Hacker Journalism" will be the first event in the school's new year-long speaker series, "The Future of Media – NOW!" The new series will explore current trends and emerging practices in media and journalism. The event starts at 6 p.m., in G20 Ming Hsieh Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Spinning code into content, this new breed of "hacker journalist" is helping to transform digital storytelling for modern audiences – ushering in a new relationship between audience and data, code and content and the past and future of media.
Sponsored by the Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series, "Coding for the Future" will bring together six techno-journalists who are building open-source news apps, visualizing and mapping data and revolutionizing election reporting. In an "Ignite" style discussion, these top journalists will demonstrate their award-winning projects and identify the new skills needed in today's dynamic media environment.
A panel discussion moderated by Erin Reilly (@ebreilly) will follow the presentations. Reilly is the managing / creative director at the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab, where she oversees product design and mentors students in developing applications and business ideas. Reilly also serves as research director for project new media literacies established at MIT but now housed at USC.
"The Future of Media – NOW!" series will bring to campus professionals who are reinventing journalism, media and 21st century communications.
"The media industry is changing so dramatically that our students need to be on the forefront of what his happening now," said School of Journalism Dean Maryanne Reed. "By bringing in young change-makers, we hope to expose students to new career opportunities and help foster a culture of innovation and creativity at the School of Journalism and WVU."