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Newsplex Webinar looks to the future

Journalists and media executives all over the world gathered Jan. 16 to watch and participate in a webinar originating out of the WAN-IFRA Newsplex at the University of South Carolina and focusing on the future of news.

Speakers included Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Raju Narisetti and New York Times correspondent Binya Applebaum in New York, noted media analyst Ken Doctor in California, World Editors Forum Executive Director Cherilyn Ireton in Paris and several others.

CMCIS Dean Charles Bierbauer led off the webinar, putting the changes in the media world of the last decade into a context of the immediacy of the 24/7 news cycle. Applebaum talked about his evolution from a print reporter in Jacksonville who did not wish to work in video to now being a New York Times correspondent creating content across formats and actively participating in social media. Narisetti emphasized the importance of newsroom metrics, explaining they are not contrary to good journalism. Doctor focused on the critical question of business models and what news organizations must do to remain economically viable.  

 

The online audience for the webinar ranged between 70 and 90 people over the entire two hours. Those watching were in the U.S. and Europe as well as India and Pakistan, where it was the middle of the night. The webinar used a new technology, Spreecast, which allowed those watching to post comments and ask questions that could be viewed by others.

The event marked the 10th anniversary of Newsplex, the College's newsroom of the future, which operates in conjunction with the World Association of Newspapers & News Publishers. Newsplex Director Randy Covington moderated the webinar, which was sponsored by the College, the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and the World Editors Forum, which is part of WAN-IFRA.

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