Tech Trends for Academics and Universities

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Tech Trends for Academics and Universities

  1. Tech Trends What’s New, What’s Next April 4, 2014 Thursday, April 3, 14
  2. Amy Webb: 3 Things 1. Digital Media Futurist. Founder + CEO of Webbmedia Group, a digital strategy agency. 3. Trends for 2014. What academics and journalism departments need to know. 2. Spark Camp. Co-founder. Next-generation think tank and convener. Thursday, April 3, 14
  3. 6 Trends 3 Recommendations 1 Syllabus Ready for the next year + = Good Math Thursday, April 3, 14
  4. In the next year, you must broaden your thinking. 1 Tech First vs Digital First Thursday, April 3, 14
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  8. Vox Media is Tech First •Platform for digital-native authoring and distribution. “Modern media stack” (= fancier CMS) •Native format for real-time news coverage. •Liveblogging platform that uses Amazon’s Cloudfront CDN in S3 requests. Thursday, April 3, 14
  9. digital first ≠ tech first Thursday, April 3, 14
  10. “digital first” describes a workflow and an integration that should be a part of every journalism operation. Thursday, April 3, 14
  11. “digital first” solve for: • Changes in consumer behavior • Competitors from outside industries • New devices entering the market • External developers making cool apps • New revenue streams • Backend technical challenges • Content distribution optimization • Changes in search algorithms ...and on and on and on... Thursday, April 3, 14
  12. News organizations must evolve into tech organizations. Or start to acquire them. Thursday, April 3, 14
  13. Tech First News Orgs: • Vox Media • Quartz (part of The Atlantic) • Circa • Huffington Post • ProPublica • NYT* *the tech doesn’t trickle down well Thursday, April 3, 14
  14. Search can only respond to questions we ask. What about all of the contextual information we want to know in real time? 2 Anticipatory Computing Thursday, April 3, 14
  15. October 1, 2013 What is a furlough? Thursday, April 3, 14
  16. October 1, 2013 What is a furlough? Thursday, April 3, 14
  17. October 1, 2013 What is a furlough? Thursday, April 3, 14
  18. What is the implication of the furlough? Thursday, April 3, 14
  19. Anticipatory Computing Last few minutes of conversation + context to predict next 10 seconds of your thought process. Thursday, April 3, 14
  20. OK Google (Google Now) Thursday, April 3, 14
  21. Glass Environment Thursday, April 3, 14
  22. Emu App Thursday, April 3, 14
  23. Donna – acquired by Yahoo Thursday, April 3, 14
  24. Cue – acquired by Apple Thursday, April 3, 14
  25. Why This Matters What if we used these tools for reporting? This is a great opportunity for journalists and others = MindMeld Thursday, April 3, 14
  26. MindMeld App Demo Thursday, April 3, 14
  27. Real-World Use: Academia •Every journalist should have an iPad at their desks and MindMeld turned on while interviewing sources. •Nothing is technically being recorded for later use. Thursday, April 3, 14
  28. Bot-beats and machine-derived journalism. 3 Robo-Journalism Thursday, April 3, 14
  29. A shallow magnitude 4.7 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Westwood, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:25 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.0 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was six miles from Beverly Hills, California, seven miles from Universal City, California, seven miles from Santa Monica, California and 348 miles from Sacramento, California. In the past ten days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author. Read more about Southern California earthquakes. Thursday, April 3, 14
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  32. Computer Assisted Reporting v2 •Updated and rewritten >70x by humans •Supplemental, time-saving work aided by bots •Allowed journalists to do the more difficult analytic work Thursday, April 3, 14
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  35. Computer Assisted Editing v1 Thursday, April 3, 14
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  38. Sensor Assisted Journalism v1.5 Thursday, April 3, 14
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  40. Sensor Assisted Journalism v1.5 Thursday, April 3, 14
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  45. Why This Matters This is just the beginning. Now, sensors and bots collect and disperse information. Next = they’ll make inferences based on artificial intelligence. Thursday, April 3, 14
  46. Did you know that you can search using data and numbers, not just words and phrases? 4 Computational Reporting Thursday, April 3, 14
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  55. WolframAlpha Demo Thursday, April 3, 14
  56. Why This Matters You don’t have to be a professional number cruncher to use data for everyday journalism. This is a tremendous resource for your students. Thursday, April 3, 14
  57. Don’t teach journalism to devices. Teach journalism to situation and individual. 5 Aggressive Versioning Thursday, April 3, 14
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  65. Same story. Slightly different design. •Same basic length regardless of end user’s situation or device. •Ongoing story – what if I just want updates? •What if I need the backstory first? Thursday, April 3, 14
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  68. Why This Matters Traditional journalism is increasingly incompatible with our devices. We must completely reconceptualize how we publish digital content. Thursday, April 3, 14
  69. Pew: Total revenue for American journalism down 33% in 7 years. Bessemer Venture Partners: Mobile screen valuation now worth $1 billion per square inch. Thursday, April 3, 14
  70. I’ve just seen the future. Literally. 6 Experiential Journalism Thursday, April 3, 14
  71. I am afraid of heights. Thursday, April 3, 14
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  77. There are Rift competitors. Thursday, April 3, 14
  78. Glass is great for augmented, but not immersive reality. Thursday, April 3, 14
  79. Why This Matters Rift and its competitors are already being developed for training, storytelling and education. This is the future platform for news. Thursday, April 3, 14
  80. Collaborate, connect and conspire. 1 Recs: Open Source Journalism Thursday, April 3, 14
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  85. Journalism academics should share more resources. Thursday, April 3, 14
  86. Share more within your departments, too. Thursday, April 3, 14
  87. Acts of journalism are everywhere. Just look. 2 Recs: Show students more options. Thursday, April 3, 14
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  91. Journalism schools focus too much on traditional news outlets. Thursday, April 3, 14
  92. Enrollment will increase with a better curriculum. 3 Recs: Market yourselves better. Thursday, April 3, 14
  93. 0 25 50 75 100 2004 2014 Journalism School Applications Journalism Jobs Available Thursday, April 3, 14
  94. Smart kids want tech degrees. Thursday, April 3, 14
  95. Make journalism more interesting. Thursday, April 3, 14
  96. Not about trendy classes... ...make the degree matter more. Thursday, April 3, 14
  97. This summer, become an inquisitive student. 1 Summer Syllabus Thursday, April 3, 14
  98. Eight Week Summer Class Thursday, April 3, 14
  99. webbmediagroup.com hello@webbmediagroup.com @webbmediagroup267-342-4300 Thursday, April 3, 14

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