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  1. 1. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Share Report Abuse Next Blog» Create Blog Sign In W ED NE S D A Y, A P R I L 0 7 , 2 0 1 0 Slovenian Conference on Innovation Communication I J - 7 ACA DEM I C TR A CK S I TE Some great news from Slov enia (I added links): On Apr 7 , 201 0, at 1 3:08, V ioleta Bulc wrote: Ok.. tomorrow is a big day ... Slov enian Conference on Innov ation communication (one of the 4 tracks is innov ation journalism).. we hav e 1 83 registered participants; we will also giv e away 27 awards in different categories for InJo for 2009. Rx , V ioleta ps; the new director of our the biggest daily newspaper (DELO) has mentioned y esterday in his speech that the restructuring of the newspaper will be based on innov ation journalism principles, fresh approach and new technologies P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 5: 11 P M 2 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T S T A Y I N T O UC H S UN D A Y, M A R C H 2 1 , 2 0 1 0 Subscribe to the injo m ailing list Examples of Flavors of InJo The Injo Facebook Group The Injo LinkedIn Group Here are some ex amples Follow Injo on Twitter illustrating different ty pes of InJo, all relating to the iPad launch. Note B L O G A R C HI V E 1/26
  2. 2. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog that this is v ery tech- ▼ 201 0 (7 ) slanted InJo. Remember ▼ April (1 ) that InJo can also be Slov enian Conference on Innov ation Communication ► March (2) ► February (1 ) ► January (3) ► 2009 (23) ► 2008 (23) ► 2007 (44) social/cultural/business-oriented. Innov ation is the introduction of nov elties, the process of transforming ideas into new v alue in ► 2006 (21 ) society . Technology is an enabler, and sometimes - but far from alway s - the key driv er of innov ation. I J - X T HE C O NFER ENC ES O N I NNO V A T I O N J O UR NA L I S M Here goes: IJ-6 The Six th Conference on 1 . I nJo cov ering the innov ation release. This story by Chris Innov ation Journalism 2008 Foresman in arstechnica is close to a product rev iew, only it IJ-5 The Fifth Conference on comes before the release, in the v ery last part of the innov ation Innov ation Journalism 2008 process, speculating on the product, the release and how it will IJ-4 The Fourth Conference on affect Apple: Innov ation Journalism 2007 IJ-3 2. InJo cov ering the ability to innov ate, and the future 2006:Program/Abstracts/Bios directions. The story by Seth Weintraub in ComputerWorld Blogs: IJ-3 2006: Proceedings Apple hires Richard De V aul - specialist on wearable computers IJ-2 (e.g. computers embedded in clothes) - as "Senior Prototy pe 2005:Program/Abstracts/Bios Engineer". By interv iewing De V aul on his past we get a picture of IJ-2 2005: Papers Apple's possible future. The story gets traction from the iPad IJ-1 2004:Program/Abstracts/Bios launch - as we are waiting for the iPad to come, we get curious IJ-1 2004: Papers about what may come after that. 3. InJo speculating on the future - colum nist sty le. Here is P UB LI C A T I O NS one of my fav orites - Dav id Carnoy /CNET published this fictitious INNOVAT ION JOURNALI SM dialogue between Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Apple's Stev e Jobs PUBLICAT ION SERIES ISSN upon the launch of the Kindle. It was a critical rev iew of the design 1 549-9049 of the Kindle (published in the rev iews section), but at a same time The Injo Doer: Stories by Injo an early v isionary speculation of the iPad. Fellows published by hosting newsrooms P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 4: 49 A M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T A B O UT The V INNOV A-Stanford Research S UN D A Y, M A R C H 1 4 , 2 0 1 0 Center of Innov ation Journalism Nokia chairman delivers Finnish InJo prize Innov ation Journalism in Wikipedia The chairman of Nokia and Roy al Dutch Shell, Jorma Ollila, will About Innov ation Journalism and 2/26
  3. 3. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog About Innov ation Journalism and deliv er the Innov ation Cry stal prize awarded for a particularly Innov ation Journalism well-produced innov ation-related story in Helsinki, Finland on the Fellowship Alumni list 25th of March. This is the fourth time the Finnish Society for Innov ation Journalism ( arranges the competition that this y ear has attracted a record number of nominations. The A FFI LI A T ED L I NK S : B LO G S & ev ent also marks a new momentum for Finjo that under its new C O NT I NO US L Y UP D A T ED S I T E chairman, Carl-Gustav Linden, a 2008 participant in the Innov ation Journalism Official Site Innov ation Journalism program at Stanford, is raising its profile in Innov ation Journalism in Slov enia the debate on the future of this country with just ov er fiv e million Innov ation Journalism in Finland inhabitants. European Journalism Center Finland is profiled as the world´s first country that implemented Jan Sandred's InJo Blog an Innov ation Policy Program based on R&D and knowledge, as V ioleta Bulc (V ibacom) Blog early as 1 990. Finjo, founded three y ears ago, is another first; so far the only association in the world formally committed to LI NKS : Innov ation Journalism, that is journalism about innov ation and innov ations in journalism. The word innov ation is somewhat Finnish National InJo Fellowhip tainted by hy pe and rhetoric. Program “I think it´s easier to get the message through if we talk about renewal processes or social change. I also believ e that the deep CO NT R I B UT O R S recession Finland and parts of the world is in right now makes the alisonmurdock issue more urgent and people more responsiv e. It’s a sort of Dav id Nordfors Finland 2.0 discourse”, say s Carl-Gustav Linden who is a business writer and researcher at Univ ersity of Helsinki. Finjo brings a broad v ariety of ex perts together –journalists, communication specialists, researchers, bureaucrats and business people for sharing thoughts on topics v ary ing from the effects of social media to the R&D policy of the European Union. Openness is may be one of the strongest assets of Finland and the rest of the Nordic countries, where Linux and My SQL are just two ex amples of where open and v oluntary collaboration can lead. “Ev en though Finland has been ahead of the rest in forming innov ation policy there is a need for politicization and democratization and I believ e Finjo is be just the right v enue for these discussions”, say s Carl-Gustav Linden. P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 7: 38 P M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T T HUR S D A Y, F EB R UA R Y 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 IJ-7 Academic Track - Call For Papers IJ-7 The Seventh Conference on Innovation Journalism Stanford University, Stanford CA 3/26
  4. 4. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog June 7-9, 2010 IJ-7 The Seventh Conference on Innovation Journalism is a venue for researchers from many disciplines and institutions to present work and ideas relating to the interplay of journalism and other forms of communication in innovation ecosystems. IJ-7 is also a meeting place for researchers and journalism professionals to discuss the best ways of covering innovation in the news, the business of doing that work, and how innovation journalism interacts with society. The conference welcomes a varied set of participants: Working journalists, policy-makers in journalism and innovation, academic researchers, faculty and research students in related areas of commerce, communication and journalism, and other professionals connected to the media industry. The Conference is hosted at Stanford University under the auspices of the Vinnova Stanford Research Center on Innovation Journalism. The Innovation Journalism Center welcomes faculty and graduate student submissions on all topics related to communication and innovation. The Program Committee specifically welcomes strong theoretical and empirical contributions without regard to particular methodological approach, professional context (including journalism, advertising, public relations, strategy and innovation, and the standard social science disciplines) and overall orientation of the research (theoretical, descriptive, philosophical, pedagogical, methodological or practical). “The Prinjos” –The Prizes for Best Innovation Journalism Paper The best papers in each of the following three categories will receive a recognition for “Best Paper at the Innovation Journalism Conference at Stanford 2010”: 1. The Grand Prinjo: best conference paper among all submissions. 2. The Junior Prinjo: best paper submitted by graduate students. 3. The Journalist Prinjo: best paper submitted by practitioners. Manuscript Submission Authors may submit paper proposals or full papers. Paper Proposal – 500-700 words. Open until April 1, 2010 Full Paper – max 25 pages excluding bibliography and appendices. Open until June 1, 2010. 4/26
  5. 5. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Please make the submission documents anonymous – author(s) identity must not be displayed. Please provide a separate page with paper title and an abstract of no more than 75 words; write name, affiliation and all contact information of the author(s) on that page with the abstract. Format should be Word, citations in Harvard Style. Paper and abstract must be sent as attachments in one email to SUBMISSION OF PAPER PROPOSALS If you want to test if your idea for a paper is welcomed by the Program Committee before undertaking the work of producing a paper, submit a paper proposal by April 1 and indicate that you would like to submit a complete paper. If our reviewers favor your proposal, you will receive an invitation to submit a paper before June 1. Your full paper will then be reviewed and given the status of either ‘reviewed paper’ or ‘paper in progress’ at the Conference. SUBMISSION OF FULL PAPERS You may submit a paper directly, without first submitting a proposal. Your paper may be accepted as a ‘reviewed paper’, ‘paper in progress’, or – if it does not meet the criteria of the conference – ‘rejected’. Please submit full papers to any time before June 1, 2010. The Review Process All papers will undergo blind peer review. The review process is humane, including reasonable turnaround time on submissions and firm but polite critique. Papers are reviewed in the order they are received and authors will receive answers as soon as the paper has been evaluated. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the Innovation Journalism Conference at Stanford University. Authors of rejected full papers are invited to participate in the conference without presenting their work. No conference fee is collected. . Main themes of IJ-7 Academic Track: — How journalism and innovation interact. — How journalism can cover innovation processes and innovation ecosystems. — Towards a systems view: Public attention and attention work in innovation communication ecosystems, the stakeholders and audiences, and the interaction between these elements. Examples of research topics of interest: — Professional norms, values, codes of ethics and 5/26
  6. 6. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog principles of innovation journalism. — How newsrooms and other professional organizations affect the coverage of innovation. — Democracy and governance: The role of journalism in the innovation economy. — Concept of attention work, the professional generation and brokering of attention. — Concept of innovation communication systems; the flow of attention in innovation systems. — How innovation processes and innovation ecosystems interact with public attention, with news media as an actor. — Interdependencies between journalism and other actors in the innovation system. — The roles of reputation and trust in the innovation ecosystem. — Business Models for innovation journalism. — Models of innovation and media, including firm, industry and economy-wide innovation systems. — Governance, accountability and innovation in and by journalists and media actors. — State of the art as well as theory and practice in the teaching of innovation journalism. — Innovation journalism and feminism. Information about the conference and accepted papers will be posted on: http://www.innov , the general InJo site, and the forthcoming conference sites http://ij7 .innov alias http://ij7 Program Committee IJ-7 Chair: David Nordfors, Executive Director, VINNOVA-Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism. IJ-7 Academic Track Chair: Kirsten Mogensen, Visiting InJo Researcher, Stanford University and Associate Professor, Roskilde University. Turo Uskali, University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Senior Research Scholar. VINNOVA Stanford Center. Marc Ventresca, University Lecturer in Strategy, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; Senior Research Scholar, VINNOVA Stanford Center; and Research Faculty, Global Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School Doctoral Student Bettina Maisch, Institute for Media and Communication Management at University of St.Gallen andVisiting Researcher, Center for Design Research at Stanford Program Committee Contact: 6/26
  7. 7. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Professor Kirsten Mogensen: Visiting Innovation Journalism Researcher Vinnova-Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism, Stanford University. P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 5: 10 P M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T S A T UR D A Y, J A NUA R Y 3 0 , 2 0 1 0 InJo TV Series Wins "Brand of the Year" InJo is a concept for successful journalism. I hav e been say ing it since I coined the concept, and I hav e often had to argue for my case. SAMAA TV in Pakistan embraced the Innov ation Journalism journalism concept and started the series "INNOV ATION" in 2009. That InJo series has now been awarded "Brand of the Y ear", beating +500 innov ation brands from all industries, winning both the consumer v ote and the ex pert panel ranking. It's the first time a journalistic product wins the award. On top of that, SAMAA won the Corporate Social Responsibility award, an achiev ement SAMAA say s happened due to its InJo approach. Congratulations to Amir Jahangir, CEO of SAMAA TV , Shahray Zariff, Ex ecutiv e Producer of the INNOV ATION series, and Fatima Akhtar, anchor and team member of the show, who will be an InJo Fellow 201 0 at Stanford. SAMAA's success tells us some things: 1. INJO IS POPULAR JOURNALISM 2. INJO CAN BE CENT RAL I N INNOVAT ION SY ST EMS 3. INJO WORKS IN EMERGING ECONOMI ES The Stanford news release is here below, followed by the SAMAA release. Here is an introductory v ideo of the award winning INNOV ATION InJo TV series (in English): 7/26
  8. 8. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog ST ANFORD UNIVERSI T Y NEWS SERVICE Jan 26 201 0. (Here is the news release on Stanford's news web. Here is a copy in PDF) Collaboration between Stanford Innovation Journalism Center and a Pakistani TV station honored The award-winning program "Innovation" is dedicated to identifying innovation in all aspects of Pakistani life, and has covered issues ranging from alternative energy to mobile banking. BY AIMEE MILES A collaborativ e effort between the V innov a Stanford Research Center of Innov ation Journalism and a Pakistani telev ision station, SAMAA TV , is receiv ing an award for its role in bringing local issues of innov ativ e dev elopment to the forefront of public awareness in Pakistan. "Innov ation," a telev ision program featured on SAMAA, was named "Brand of the Y ear 2009" in a category recognizing products and serv ices that sharpen public focus on processes of innov ation and competitiv eness in Pakistan. The series beat out more than 500 competitors from v arious industries in a nationwide judging that included a consumer surv ey and an ex pert panel analy sis. Pakistani Prime Minister Y ousaf Raza Gilani is scheduled to present the award in February . 8/26
  9. 9. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog The idea for the telev ision series was conceiv ed by the CEO of SAMAA TV , Amir Jahangir, who sits on an adv isory board for the Innov ation Journalism Center (also known as the "InJo" Center) at Stanford. The series is dedicated to identify ing innov ation in all aspects of Pakistani life, and has cov ered issues ranging from alternativ e energy to mobile banking. "[The Pakistanis] hav e created something of theirs with information and adv ice from us that has created a new model of media programming there that adds something to traditional journalism," said Dav id Nordfors, founding ex ecutiv e director of the InJo Center. "It's a y oung, progressiv e, innov ativ e and politically moderate TV company ." "[Jahangir] decided that SAMAA should start an Innov ation Journalism TV series, that shouldn't be only about gadgets or only about business or technology , but look at how business, technology , and politics interact, about how innov ation happens, and identify different actors in the ecosy stem and get the whole picture. SAMAA's producer Shahray Zariff and her team did an ex cellent job in setting that up." Nordfors identified the collaboration as a promising ex ample of positiv e U.S.-Pakistani relations. Four Pakistani journalists come to Stanford each y ear as InJo fellows, funded by the United States Agency for International Dev elopment (USAID). The objectiv e of the fellowship is to train international journalists to cov er the innov ation economy and network with U.S. media outlets. Fellows participate in workshops and conferences at Stanford and work with newsrooms across the nation cov ering issues relating to innov ation. Fatima Akhtar, anchor and team member of the award-winning SAMAA series, will begin a fiv e-month fellowship at the InJo Center in February . "Pakistan used to be a v ery closed country — almost all journalism in Pakistan is about Pakistan, for Pakistani people. They 'v e actually started taking in InJo fellows from other areas of the world as ex pert commentators," said Nordfors. "It's v ery nice to see that it actually turned out to be a smash hit because this is really a new creature in Pakistani journalism." 9/26
  10. 10. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog The first innov ation journalism program started at Stanford in 2004, Nordfors said. "Our network today includes funded innov ation journalism initiativ es in Sweden, Finland, Slov enia, Mex ico, Pakistan, Israel and the EU — all connected to the center at Stanford," he said. SAMAA T V Press Release (Here is the release on SAMAA's web, here is a copy in PDF) "INNOVATION" receives BRAND OF THE YEAR, 2009 Award Upadated on: 27 Jan 1 0 07 :40 AM Islamabad, 25th January – “Innov ation,” a telev ision program featured on SAMAA TV , one of Pakistan’s leading Urdu news channels has been named “Brand of the Y ear 2009” in a category recognizing products and serv ices that sharpen public focus on processes of innov ation and competitiv eness in Pakistan. The program, a joint collaboration between the V innov a-Stanford Research Center of Innov ation Journalism (INJO) at Stanford Univ ersity and SAMAA TV beat out more than 500 other competitors from v arious industries in a nationwide consumer surv ey and an ex pert panel analy sis. SAMAA will be receiv ing the award by Prime Minister Mr. Y ousaf Raza Gilani in an ev ent scheduled in February . The award is being giv en to SAMAA for launching Pakistan’s first dedicated program on innov ation and for establishing the genre as an important journalistic beat in Pakistan. The Program has been recognized as the key source through which the journalistic cov erage of innov ation processes and ecosy stems in Pakistan has been integrated into the national socio-economic dev elopment plan. The program has also been applauded for play ing a leading role in bringing local issues of innov ativ e dev elopment to the forefront of public awareness in Pakistan. Speaking to Amir Jahangir, Chief Ex ecutiv e Officer of SAMAA TV , he said “The program success is based on hard work and a great network of INJO fellows across the world, who through their ex pertise has been adv ising on the program content, sharing research, commenting on innov ation topics and prov iding solutions through their input and v iews. Due to this collaboration, the content of our program has been acknowledged as being credible, containing relev ant issues and making efforts in bringing together the relev ant stakeholders of each industry to find innov ativ e measures to cater the society needs”. 10/26
  11. 11. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Mr. Jahangir further said that “The global dev elopment has made our world smaller and our communication more effectiv e. We want to bring innov ation to the homes of ev ery Pakistani citizen, so that their awareness and ability to be innov ativ e is nurtured. Our future lies in the hands of innov ation and for that we need to prepare a workforce which not only knows how to be innov ativ e but also how to link it to the economic dev elopment”. Amir Jahangir also shared that SAMAA is the only media channel in Pakistan, which has been recognized both national as well as internationally for being a responsible business operator using innov ation journalism techniques as part of business strategy . This acknowledgement was giv en to SAMAA by the Asian Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility , who awarded SA MAA the Asian CSR Ex cellence Award 2009 as the only channel in Asia, for being a responsible business operator creating v alue for its v iewers and empowering marginalized communities for a better tomorrow. SAMAA has also recently won the National CSR Ex cellence Award 2009, which no channel has receiv ed so far. Dr. Dav id Nordfors, Co-Founder and Ex ecutiv e Director of the V INNOV A-Stanford Research Center of Innov ation Journalism coined the term “Innov ation Journalism” in 2003. Dr. Nordfors said that “SAMAA has prov en the v iability for the Innov ation Journalism as a genre in Pakistan, and emerging economies. This award is not alone a milestone for SAMAA TV but also for the Innov ation Journalism Initiativ e at Stanford ”. He said that by being the first, SAMAA TV is leading the way for other media channels both in Pakistan as well as across the world. Dr. Dav id Nordfors specially acknowledged Amir Jahangir, CEO SAMAA TV for the strong leadership and commitment in bringing innov ation to the Pakistani media. Mr. Nordfors said that Mr. Jahangir’s strong belief in linking innov ation to economic dev elopment would play a crucial role in creating a new ecosy stem in the Pakistan economy . The program series is dedicated to identify ing innov ation in all aspects of Pakistani life, and has cov ered issues ranging from alternativ e energy to mobile banking. Mr. Arif Allauddin, CEO Alternativ e Energy Dev elopment Board also appreciated SAMAA TV s program stating that “ it was the first of its kind show which showcased how different countries are addressing their energy needs using alternativ e energy -Thus, giv ing the Gov ernment of Pakistan the opportunity to learn and benefit from their ex periences and serv e as guidelines for us”. He said that the program has been engaging InJo fellows across the world and coming up with global solutions to local issues, which are required more now than ev er, as Pakistan continues to face immense challenges in prov iding quality education, primary 11/26
  12. 12. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog healthcare, energy supply and employ ment opportunities for y outh. The INJO program at Stanford Univ ersity focus on building the capacity of media professionals to report on innov ation, dev elop interaction between journalism and innov ation, including how innov ation is changing the profession and business of journalism, how to cov er innov ation in the news, and how journalism links innov ation with society . Four Pakistani journalists come to Stanford each y ear as InJo fellows. The objectiv e of the fellowship is to train international journalists to cov er the innov ation economy and network with US media outlets. Fellows participate in workshops and conferences at Stanford and work with newsrooms across the nation cov ering issues relating to innov ation. SAMAA TV is one of Pakistan’s leading priv ate satellite telev ision channels, which takes pride in its fair, factual and independent news cov erage through its on-the-hour bulletins, breaking stories, incisiv e political analy sis and current affairs programs. The channel is the first media channel is Pakistan to hav e established a well-integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program as part of it business activ ities. The channel has also made a niche for itself through its programs on women and y outh issues besides infotainment and sports. SAMAA TV , launched in December 2007 has network of district correspondents and fiv e bureaus across Pakistan along with international stringers in the Middle East, Europe and North America. © SAMAA TV - 2008 P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 11: 19 A M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T W ED NE S D A Y, J A N UA R Y 1 3 , 2 0 1 0 Future Talk TV Show on The Future of Journalism The future of journalism in light of the new electronic media. Host Martin Wasserman interv iews Dav id Nordfors, director of the Center for Innov ation Journalism, and Tony Deifell, director of Q Media Labs. 12/26
  13. 13. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 5: 12 P M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T F R I D A Y, J A N UA R Y 0 8 , 2 0 1 0 HOLD THE DATES 7-11 JUNE 2010. JI@ST Conference Cluster at Stanford: IJ-7 + JTM (T he original, alway s up-to-date, v ersion of this page is here) JI@ ST - A Conference Cluster about Journalism and Innov ation: IJ-7 : T he Sev enth Conference on Innov ation Journalism , June 7 -9 2010 JT M - Journalism T hat Matters, June 9-11 2010 Both conferences are held at Stanford Univ ersity . These back-to-back conferences will take a thorough look on journalism in the innov ation economy . The conferences are open for all ty pes of participants with an interest in journalism and innov ation. We are looking forward to an activ e, results-oriented discussion between people of different professions and v iews. (More details below.) To receiv e calls for participation and registration, sign up here (This is not the conference registration. The registration will come later this spring.) I J - 7 - T HE S EV ENT H C O NFER ENC E O N I NNO V A T I O N J O UR NA LI S M 13/26
  14. 14. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Organized by the V INNOV A-Stanford Research Center on Innov ation Journalism at Stanford Univ ersity Key topics: - HOW JOURNALISM AFFECTS INNOV ATION - HOW INNOV ATION AFFECTS JOURNALISM - THE ABILITY OF JOURNALISM TO COV ER INNOVATION The conference includes key notes, presentations and workshops. We hav e a multi-stakeholder approach, welcoming all ty pes of scholars and professionals to take part in a discussion on the role of journalism in the innov ation economy . The participants in this conference come from all ov er the world, due to the international character of the program. A large part of the conference will be organized by the Innov ation Journalism Fellows, who begin their Fellowships at Stanford in Feb 201 0. The Fellows this y ear c ome from Sweden, Finland, Pakistan, Mex ico and Slov enia. Like all earlier y ears, the conference program will emerge in March-May . The conference is like in 2009 scheduled to present an academic track, where researchers will present papers. All IJ-7 participants are welcome to sit in on the research presentations. Check out the website of our prev ious IJ-6 conference and the IJ- 6 conference academic track. Registration will open probably in March. Keep up to date here on the Innov ation Journalism Blog a nd the Innovation Journalism Facebook Group JTM - Journalism That Matters JOURNALISM THAT MATTERS hosts conv ersations about the emerging news ecology among the div erse ecosy stem of journalism – reporters, editors, publishers, v ideographers, photographers, media educators, reformers, v olunteer journalists, and audience; from print, broadcast, and online media, both mainstream and entrepreneurial. 14/26
  15. 15. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog It is a community of media innov ators and stakeholders that blazes paths and builds bridges to a new news ecology . We conv ene, connect, and inspire the div erse, engaged citizens who are molding and leading the media of tomorrow. Using the un-conference format, we will ex plore What do we know and what do we want to know at the intersection of journalism and innov ation? Conference sessions could ex plore questions such as: Giv en the state of the industry , WHAT’s possible now? WHO are the new journalists? HOW are stories chosen? HOW are they told? WHAT kind of change is productiv e? WHO can the public trust? WHAT is the role of journalism in connecting people and community ? WHERE can editors find qualified contributors and information with increasingly diminished budgets? WHAT new technological sources are reliable? WHERE is the new newsroom? WHEN are beat blogs, twittering and social networks best utilized? WHY is transparency so important? HOW do we maintain transparency and accountability while protecting sources? Check out the website of our January JTM - Re-Imagining News & Community in the Pacific NorthWest P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 9: 50 A M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T T HUR S D A Y, D E C E M B ER 3 1 , 2 0 0 9 Prisoners Dilemma at COP15 in Copenhagen; Meanwhile in Mei Lin's Kitchen (T h is blog post w a s pu blish ed by Hu ffin g t on Post 3 1 Dec 2 009 ) On December 9, world leaders debated global climate in Copenhagen and Obama was in Oslo to accept his Nobel. I was sharing a glass of wine with Doug Engelbart, father of personal computing as we know it, in the kitchen of Mei Lin Fung, Doug's long-time friend, in Palo Alto. It was a potluck dinner, shoes off, sparing Mei Lin's floors. I sensed links. Half a world away , people were commemorating the world's biggest problems, preparing for gala dinners, while we toasted the birth of perhaps the most powerful tool in human hands, sitting in that cozy kitchen among people who had made it happen. 15/26
  16. 16. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Doug was guest of honor. In San Francisco, on Dec 9 1 968, his 'Mother of All Demos' gav e birth to the modern PC: Doug and his SRI team, with chief engineer Bill English, demo'ed for the first time personal computing as we recognize it today , showing the first computer mouse, interactiv e tex t, v ideo conferencing, teleconferencing, email, hy pertex t and a collaborativ e real-time editor. While Obama was receiv ing his Nobel, the Copenhagen Climate Conference was becoming a giant prisoners' dilemma. If all cut emissions, all win. If nobody cuts, all lose. If some cut but not others, non-cutters win more than cutters. Which courageous leader will commit first? As fictional Jim Hacker, Minister of Administrativ e Affairs in the political satire 'Y es, Minister' say s: "Courageous? I don't want to do any thing courageous! That's the kind of thing that ends careers." Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt's was not happy : "Who sets the speed of progress? The least ambitious." When groups face common problems, power goes to those who must agree for any thing to happen. Often their political power and the v alue of their 'OK' grows as they hold out--supply and demand. If the problem is bad and people want their 'OK' they say 'Well, first Y OU must [insert demads here].' They may be conscientious, backed by their constituencies, so it might not seem immoral. Leaders build power, stature and wealth for their followers by gatekeeping. Some may get a Nobel, others may end up in the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The need for consensus breeds gatekeeping. That's the game. Back to Mei Lin's kitchen. It might be closer to the solution than banquet halls in world capitals. The name 'Mother of All Demos' came later. The actual name marking the birth of real personal computing was 'a research center for augmenting human intellect.' Doug's idea was not to make computers smarter, it was to help people be smarter. Computers had been about automation, replacing but not augmenting intellect. Doug was lucky , a chosen researcher 16/26
  17. 17. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog supported by J.C.R. 'Lick' Licklider at ARPA, the v isionary accredited for planting the seeds of computing in the digital age. Normal funders disdained people like Doug: the ideas did not fit their funding. Lick coined the "intergalactic computer network," a v ision of computers collaborating. The Internet protocol that enabled it was inv ented by V int Cerf and Bob Kahn. V int - often referred to as 'father of the Internet' - is today at Google, still reforming civ ilization. Doug hosted the second node of the Arpanet, the predecessor of the Internet, at his SRI center, believ ing that by networking PCs humanity could improv e its 'collectiv e intelligence' and solv e tougher problems: such as av oid nuclear wars, stop pandemics and solv e env ironmental issues. Solutions v ia traditional multilateral agreements may be hard: they engender gatekeeping, brinkmanship and cheating on agreements. But through improv ed PCs and the Internet, it is easier to innov ate, to introduce game-changing nov elties, that can by pass obstacles to getting things done. If gatekeepers disagree, innov ate and re-design the game to work without them. This is happening in IT, including music, entertainment and media, not the least journalism. For ex ample, Creativ e Commons is an innov ation of copy right in the digital age. HuffPo bloggerEster Wojcicki, Chairwoman of Creativ e Commons, as well as the Palo Alto High School Teacher of Mei Lin's daughter among other kids, was also with us at Mei Lin's this ev ening. V oices--including Thomas Friedman's--are say ing that innov ation, not multilateral regulation, should driv e the climate issue. The ideal: a balance between innov ation and regulation. Necessary international agreements can be driv en by the innov ation ecosy stem, putting gatekeepers at risk of being by passed. And international agreements can enable the innov ation ecosy stem, through creating incentiv es. Giv en the impact of personal computers and the Internet on humanity , I was struck by the intimacy in Mei Lin's kitchen v s. the grandeur of the manifestations of the world's problems in Oslo and Copenhagen. As Copenhagen opened our ey es to the difficulties of creating consensus in a cy nical world, perhaps in 201 0 meetings in kitchens and garage startups will be equally important to multilateral negotiations in large congress centers. One could lev erage the other. PS. The achiev ement of 'the 17/26
  18. 18. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Mother of All Demos' was astonishing. Mei Lin: "That demo was nev er supposed to work." It might not hav e if not for Bill English. Bill was there, showing his new cell phone. Later it became known that Google had giv en beta v ersions of its own Android to selected people (Bill probably among them). Did any one in Oslo or Copenhagen get one? P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 9: 45 A M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T F R I D A Y, D EC EM B ER 1 1 , 2 0 0 9 Slovenian InJo-InCo 2009 Manifesto V ioleta Bulc's V ibacom hav e released the InJo-InCo 2009 Manifesto, the project is lead by Estera Lah P0ljak. The publication is in Slov enian, there is a summary in English here. It starts like this: "Identify ing significant ev ents and projects, becoming aware of their importance in time and space, critically assessing their adv antages and challenges, capturing responses of different stakeholders, proposing initiativ es and future activ ities. These were our guidelines in drafting the second issue of our annual publication, the InJo-InCo Manifesto 2009. All of the abov e is also included in the principles of innov ation journalism, from which the InCo mov ement as a business-civ il initiativ e was initiated and grew into wider innov ation communication projects interconnecting different stakeholders of the innov ation space based on dialogue. This publication is a result of this activ e inv olv ement. The title “Manifesto” itself demands action or manifestation, thus we start by proposing initiativ es for an innov ativ e breakthrough of Slov enia drafted based on the philosophy , dialogue and ex periences of the InCo mov ement in the field of innov ation communication and journalism in 2009. These initiativ es are accompanied by commitments the InCo mov ement will fulfil in 201 0 and which we believ e will raise awareness about creativ ity and innov ation in Slov enian space." P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 3: 27 P M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T 18/26
  19. 19. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog PBS Mediashift InJo Feature (Mark Glaser's PBS Mediashift published a v ery nice feature on Innov ation Journalism. Mark is a leading innov ation journalist himself, albeit not using that label, cov ering all aspects of innov ation in journalism. The Mediashift blog is an important read, I hav e had it in my RSS feed for some time, and am now subscribing to the Twitter feeds @mediatwit (Mark Glaser) and @pbsmediashift. Here is the beginning of Mark's piece - read all of it on PBS Mediashift. S TANFO RD PRO GRAM BRE AKS D O W N W A L L S B E T W E E N B U S IN E S S , T E C H J O U R N AL I S M Tagged: david nordfors, innovation, innovation journalism, stanford university by Mark Glaser, December 10, 2009 I am so used to hearing about innovation in journalism that when I first heard about theInnovation Journalism program at Stanford, I assumed that's what it focused on. Not exactly. The VINNOVA-Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism actually focused on helping journalists cover the field of innovation. David Nordfors, a Swedish punk rocker-turned- molecular-physicist-turned-journalist, found that journalists were stuck in silos of "business journalism" and "technology journalism" and couldn't see the big picture of innovation. In 2003, Nordfors started the Innovation Journalism program, bringing mid-career journalists from around the world to Stanford University as fellows. They were placed in San Francisco Bay Area newsrooms to learn the new ways that reporters and bloggers were covering technology and innovation. Those newsrooms include the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, CNET and even the Technologizer blog. There's also an annual Conference on Innovation Journalism at Stanford, where the fellows present their work and discuss related topics. 19/26
  20. 20. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog While the program was set up to help journalists do a better job of covering the topic of innovation, there is now a need for journalists to do a better job of covering innovation in journalism itself. Nordfors told me that journalists charged with covering the media are good practitioners of innovation journalism, because they are mixing business, technology, lifestyle and political journalism in one beat. He stresses that journalists need to break out of their silos and go across disciplines for better coverage of innovation. I recently sat down with Nordfors at Stanford to talk about the Innovation Journalism program, and get his take on the current state of journalism, and how media companies -- and even journalism schools -- need to change. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation, including audio and video clips. [ read the rest of it on PBS Mediashift / David.] P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 8: 51 A M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T LA B ELS : DA V I D NO R DFO R S , I NNO V A T I O N J O UR NA LI S M , M A R K G LA S ER , M EDI A S HI FT S UN D A Y, D EC EM B ER 0 6 , 2 0 0 9 Journalism Needs a Business Model for the Truth (This story is also published through the Huffington Post) Journalism's first obligation is to the truth. Discussions about Truth and Objectiv ity in journalism often become questions of 20/26
  21. 21. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog journalistic ethics and the trustworthiness of indiv iduals and brands. These are good things but increasingly inadequate in backing up a story . Conv incing people the news is true by say ing "because I told y ou so" is not working as well as it used to. The Internet is making it harder. Today people can read almost any news publication on the Internet, or check the sources of journalistic stories. Some trusted news brands and indiv iduals hav e ex perienced major scandals in recent y ears. The New Y ork Times suffered from the fake star journalist Jay son Blair. Iconic anchor Dan Rathers of CBS’ high-profile inv estigativ e journalism show "60 Minutes" tripped with the fabricated Killian documents, and was brought down by blogger Charles Johnson. How can professional journalism maintain its reputation for truth and objectiv ity ? The truth is often elusiv e. Ev ents can hav e many ex planations. Other circumstances are not what they seem. What we believ e to be true today may be in doubt tomorrow. And then, of course, there has to be a news angle. Phy sicists deal with the truth as closely as any one can come to it. In science, models that can't predict are discarded and non- repeatable ex periments dismissed. When scientific researchers write an article, the reader must alway s be giv en enough information to be able to repeat the observ ation. Otherwise the article should not be published. Journalistic stories are much less accountable. A journalistic story rarely supplies readers with knowledge and references that lets the readers confirm the story . Links to information sources central for the story , ev en public ones readily av ailable on the Internet, are omitted. Especially old-sty le journalism does not use links and references, bloggers do, much more. Journalists and news outlets committed to the truth can make it into policy to link to important sources, and to write the news stories such that audiences can see how sources and assumptions were used to build the story . If readers reconstruct the story this way , they can add their own research. They can discuss the v alue of the sources, suggest other sources that were omitted, etc. Traditional news organizations hav e nev er let that happen, because links lead readers away from their site. In their ‘attention’ business model – attracting ey eballs to pages and selling them to adv ertisers - the site needs to be sticky . Instead, the blogosphere is leading the way in dev eloping the culture of linking to sources, because it depends less on ads. 21/26
  22. 22. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Unfortunately , professional journalism has deeply rooted traditions. I was inv ited recently to a conference with the World Economic Forum, where we discussed the role of journalism in society . When I suggested that journalism should link to sources, a world-leading news organization chief commented that they wanted to do it and had tried, but their business did not allow it. For many journalists, that ends the discussion. But this is not where the discussion ends. Instead, it is where the discussion begins. We need to ask: "What are the business models for the principles of journalism?" Societies that care about improv ing their collectiv e ability to make priorities and informed decisions, need business models that promote journalists to link to sources, so that both readers and other journalists can check the stories and use them for continued research. Some people think professional journalism is finished, that it can be replaced by citizen journalism or social interaction in social networks. I disagree. Professional journalists hav e an incentiv e to represent their audience. Who knows which incentiv es unpaid journalists hav e, or who they hav e their mandate from? Professional journalism is needed as much now as ev er before. With the Internet, peoples’ worlds of information are transforming from silent rural isolation to the bustling cacophonies of the metropolitan street. Journalists who focus public attention on issues that interest the public, working in the interest of and with the mandate of their audiences will be powerful. They will focus public discussion enabling people to improv e society . The key for that is in the business model – journalists need the right incentiv es. P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 12: 02 P M 0 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T S UN D A Y, N O V EM B ER 2 2 , 2 0 0 9 Statement of The World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism 22/26
  23. 23. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Three day s of intense meetings in Dubai are ov er, we made some significant steps this y ear. The key point made by the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism - the council I take part in - is that "journalism" and "the media" are no longer sy nony ms. Journalism is still v ery much needed, but needs to reorganize, to ex ist in a different capacity than "the media". Here follows a summary from the WEF web site and other places: The second World Economic Forum Summit of the Global Agenda closed today with participants putting forward a host of ideas for redesigning the global sy stem. The proposals debated by the Global Agenda Councils will form the basis of discussion at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Dav os-Klosters, Switzerland, in January . For more information on the Summit and the Network of Global Agenda Councils, v isit Here below is the final statement of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism. The committee members who participated in the council meeting in Dubai: Am adou Mahtar Ba, President, Senegal Charlie Beckett, Founding Director - Polis, London School of Economics, United Kingdom Dav id Nordfors, Founding Ex ec Director, Innov ation Journalism, Stanford, USA/Sweden Guido Baum hauer, Director of Strategy , Marketing and Distribution, Deutsche Welle, Germany Rui Chenggang, Director & Anchor, co-founder CCTV -9, People's Republic of China Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-chief, The Indian Ex press, India Sulaim an Al Hattlan, CEO Arab Strategy Forum, Saudi Arabia Susan King, (Chairwoman), V P Ex ternal Affairs, Director - Journalism Initiativ e, Special Initiativ es and Strategy , Carnegie Corporation, USA Ulrik Haagerup, Head of News, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Denmark Wilfried Ruetten, Director - European Journalism Centre, Netherlands/Germany Zafar Siddiqi, Chairman/Founder CNBC Pakistan, Chairman/co-founder CNBC Africa, Chairman/CEO CNBC Arabiy a, Owner SAMAA TV , Chairman/co-founder 23/26
  24. 24. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog Murdoch Univ ersity Study Centre Dubai The Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism believ es there is a need to reconstruct journalism and its relationship with the citizen and society . Public engagement is transforming journalism, offering an historic opportunity to create unprecedented increased v alue. The media industry in general, and journalism in particular, hav e been ex periencing drastic changes which call into question their role in mediating information to the benefit of their audience as well as disrupting traditional business models. Y et in an age when information is more important than ev er, journalism is v ital for building societies. It is a sy stemic part of the social, env ironment. We need to build a new technical, political and financial eco-sy stem to support it. There is a need to reinforce its basic principles: freedom of ex pression, holding power to account, prov iding information and a forum for debate, empowering citizens to take decisions about their liv es. But mainstream journalism must also recognise its past failings and take adv antage of new technologies and new social forces to reframe its practice, role and purpose. Journalism has a responsibility to not only mediate today ’s realities, which go bey ond national borders, are complex and inter connected, but also to engage local and global audiences/societies. This poses an unprecedented set of professional challenges. Ev en in regions where conv entional journalism is still growing as a commercial sector, it is also subject to the impact of the same kinds of technological and social changes. Likewise, the opportunities this paper identifies are av ailable in div erse way s to all news media markets. The Council believ es that it is necessary to redesign organisations and identify business models that ensure the sustainability of professional networked journalism as the digital and mobile media hav e disrupted traditional distribution models and rev enue streams. As a response, news organisations need to ensure constant refining of their talent pool’s professional skill set and equip them with innov ativ e tool kits. At the same time, to ensure sustainability and relev ance, organisations with journalism and journalists at their core may likely dev elop joint networks and forge strategic partnerships by pooling resources and sharing rev enues. At the same time, the journalism itself is changing and so the business model that creates it must also be reinv ented. There is a need to support the opportunity afforded by networked media to dev elop a more constructiv e journalism. This is based on some traditional v alues such as the Right to Know and some familiar kinds of editorial work such as inv estigativ e reporting. But new technologies enable a different functionality . Internet and digital journalism allows for fuller and more ex pansiv e story - telling. 24/26
  25. 25. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog It affords the opportunity for a much greater connectiv ity between ex perts, journalists and the public. But most importantly , it allows the public to participate at all stages. Journalism can now tap into the boundless resource of knowledge and opinion within the audience. The role of the journalist changes from gatekeeper to a networker. The best obtainable v ersion of the truth remains the goal but trust is not a giv en, it is a mutual relationship between the public and journalist. The authority of journalism will be built by the v alue it offers working with the citizen, not by a professional code alone. The Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism sees as a priority the establishment and (self) enforcement of global guiding principles for professional independent journalism. Ex isting Gaps: 1 . Can a global concept and practice for independent professional journalism be encouraged in countries or env ironments where a different set of v alues ex ists and censorship still prev ails? 2. Journalists are inadequately appreciated and protected. If journalism hopes to reinforce its role of watchdog for abuses of power and democracy , how can accountable journalists be v alued and safeguarded? 3. Journalism needs the following in their new business models to continue to ex ist and fufill their commitment to the global society : Innov ation and new partnerships New and improv ed sy stem of journalism education Increased transparency and accountability 4. News organizations need to understand and lev erage the new dy namic of the social media rev olution. Traditional models of journalism are in danger of being marginalised as public discourse shifts to direct and networked media platforms, Journalism – both citizen and professional needs to be fostered in these new spaces. Journalism needs to integrate the two new principle characteristics of digital media: public participation connectiv ity Internet and social media permit engagement between the audience and professional journalists as nev er before. The new media interactiv ity promises a more dy namic business and society - but there will be a period of creativ e reordering that presents a challenge to all stakeholders. This council believ es that there are common v alues across div erse news media marketplaces as well as a global interconnectedness. Journalism has a world-role as well as a local or national function. This council believ es that when it is networked, journalism offers a more sustainable 25/26
  26. 26. 6/30/2010 The Innovation Journalism Blog business and a more socially useful way to inform and communicate about our world. Journalism at its best will continue to inform and inspire public debate and action. But this will not happen automatically and needs inv estment and strategic thinking, primarily by the journalism industry itself, but also by gov ernment and civ il society P O S T ED B Y DA V I D NO R DFO R S A T 11: 40 A M 4 CO M M ENT S LI NK S T O T HI S P O S T Home Older Posts Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) 26/26