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How will the next generation of mobile media devices and networks change the way people consume news? Is mobile as big an opportunity as everyone seems to be predicting? How can media organizations innovate when resources are constrained? These are some of the critical questions that will be addressed during RJI’s fall 2012 Tablet Symposium on December 7. Futurist Michael Rogers and digital media guru Douglas Bennett will lead discussions about the technologies and strategies that are likely to shape digital publishing and the news media for the rest of the decade.

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Thursday, December 6
 

2:30pm

Apple iBooks Author Workshop

Experienced Apple iBooks trainers will take participants through the process of producing e-books using iBooks Author and then placing and marketing completed iBooks through the Apple iBooks Store. 

 


Thursday December 6, 2012 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Palmer Room, 100A RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute

5:00pm

Newsy Holiday Reception

All RJI Tablet Symposium participants are invited. The Newsy office is just two blocks from the RJI building.

 


Speakers
avatar for Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer

President and Founder, Newsy
Jim Spencer is the president and founder of Newsy. Prior to founding Newsy, he helped lead several successful Internet start-up and established online companies. | | Spencer was VP of Content and Answers at Ask Jeeves (Ask.com) where he was responsible for all search queries and helped lead the company to a top 15 website and through a successful initial public offering. | | Prior to Ask Jeeves, he was the GM of News and Information Programming... Read More →


Thursday December 6, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Newsy 904 Elm Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 208
 
Friday, December 7
 

8:00am

Registration/Breakfast
Friday December 7, 2012 8:00am - 8:45am
Second Floor Lobby, RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute

8:30am

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Roger Fidler

Roger Fidler

Program Director for Digital Publishing, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Roger Fidler is an internationally recognized new media pioneer and visionary. He is best known for his vision of digital newspapers and mobile reading devices, which he conceived and first wrote about in 1981. As Director of New Media for Knight-Ridder Inc. in the 1990s, he pursued his vision at the company’s Information Design Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. In 1994, his team at the lab produced a video titled “The Tablet... Read More →
avatar for Randy Picht

Randy Picht

Executive Director, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Randy Picht, 52, has worked closely with newspapers and other media outlets during his nearly 29-year AP career. He is a former business editor for AP and has spent about half of his career working on the journalism side of the not-for-profit news cooperative and half of his time on the business side. | | While he was business editor, from 1997 to 2000, at the cooperative’s New York City headquarters, he directed coverage of the dot.com... Read More →


Friday December 7, 2012 8:30am - 8:45am
Fred W. Smith Forum, 2nd Floor RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute

8:45am

The Road Ahead: Faster, With More Curves

A futurist looks forward at the hardware, software and networks that will shape the rest of the decade, as well as the ways our audiences will change. How will news organizations respond in terms of formats, distribution, staffing, and business models? How are other media and intellectual property creators evolving to survive in the new environment? How can media organizations continue to innovate even when resources are constrained?

 


Speakers
avatar for Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Futurist, The Practical Futurist
Michael Rogers is a different kind of futurist—one who combines real business experience with technology skills. Add to that the keen eye of an award-winning investigative journalist and the storytelling skill of a novelist, and you have The Practical Futurist. | | Michael is a dynamic speaker who delivers an entertaining and common-sense vision of change for business and individuals, blending technology, economics, demographics, culture... Read More →


Friday December 7, 2012 8:45am - 10:00am
Fred W. Smith Forum, 2nd Floor RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute

10:00am

Networking Break
Friday December 7, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am
2nd Floor Lobby, RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute

10:30am

Strategies for Growth in the Era of Mobile News Media

Exchange of ideas on strategies news organizations can apply in the near-term to increase access to mobile content and grow revenue. Also discussions on ways the RJI can assist news organizations through research and projects.

 


Speakers
avatar for Dena Levitz

Dena Levitz

Manager of Digital Strategies, Newspaper Association of America
Dena Levitz is the manager of digital strategies for the Newspaper Association of America where she tracks innovative work by newspapers in the digital space. She’s also in the midst of pursuing a Master's degree in Media Entrepreneurship at American University, a first of its kind program to train digital media leaders. | | A University of Georgia graduate, Dena came up through the journalism ranks as a staff writer for the Augusta... Read More →
avatar for Nikhil Modi

Nikhil Modi

Chief Executive Officer, Whiz Technologies
Nikhil Modi is the chief executive officer of Whiz Technologies based in San Jose, California. He founded the company in 2009 to develop custom mobile apps for publishing and enterprise businesses that run on HTML5, iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. | | Previously he was chief executive office and advisory board member for Pressmart Media Ltd., an international digital publishing platform provider based in Hyderabad, India. | | Modi has a... Read More →
avatar for Chris Peck

Chris Peck

Editor, The Commercial Appeal
Chris Peck joined The Commercial Appeal as editor in December 2002. He oversees all news operations at the newspaper and serves on the executive management team. | | Prior to coming to Memphis he was the Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Before that he was editor of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He and his brother own some small newspapers in Wyoming. Chris is married to Kate Duignan and they... Read More →
avatar for Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Futurist, The Practical Futurist
Michael Rogers is a different kind of futurist—one who combines real business experience with technology skills. Add to that the keen eye of an award-winning investigative journalist and the storytelling skill of a novelist, and you have The Practical Futurist. | | Michael is a dynamic speaker who delivers an entertaining and common-sense vision of change for business and individuals, blending technology, economics, demographics, culture... Read More →
avatar for Tom Warhover

Tom Warhover

Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Tom Warhover is an associate professor and chair of the print and digital news faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. He also is the executive editor for innovation at the Columbia Missourian, a community newspaper edited by professionals and staffed by student reporters, copy editors, designers and photographers. | | Prior to joining the university, he worked for The Virginian-Pilot, a 200,000 circulation daily newspaper serving... Read More →
avatar for Andy Waters

Andy Waters

President and General Manager, Columbia Daily Tribune
Andy Waters is co-owner, president and general manager of the Columbia Daily Tribune. He has been instrumental in the development of the Tribune’s website and mobile apps. | | Waters began his journalism career as a reporter for The Associated Press but returned to Columbia in 1995 to join the Tribune family, which happens to be his family, too.


Friday December 7, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Palmer Room, 100A, RJI Reynolds Journalism Institue

12:00pm

Lunch Presentation: Creating Apps Is Not Like the ‘Field of Dreams’

Just because you build them does not ensure your readers will download and use.  Hear compelling tactics students in the Strategic Communication Media Strategy & Planning class developed to help National Geographic magazine increase downloads of its iPad app.

 

 


Friday December 7, 2012 12:00pm - 1:30am
Palmer Room, 100A RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute

1:30pm

Is Mobile Really a BIG Revenue Opportunity?  Lessons Learned and Publishing Strategies.

The former president of Freedom Interactive, will share lessons he learned from heading the Orange Country Register's experimental iPad app called "The Peel." He also will offer some real-world publishing and monetization strategies for smartphones and tablets.

 


Friday December 7, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Fred W. Smith Forum, 2nd Floor RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute

2:45pm

“News Consumption on Mobile Media Devices:  What Our Research Tells Us”

Insights garnered from research conducted by the RJI and other organizations on current and future use of mobile media devices for consuming news content. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Roger Fidler

Roger Fidler

Program Director for Digital Publishing, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Roger Fidler is an internationally recognized new media pioneer and visionary. He is best known for his vision of digital newspapers and mobile reading devices, which he conceived and first wrote about in 1981. As Director of New Media for Knight-Ridder Inc. in the 1990s, he pursued his vision at the company’s Information Design Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. In 1994, his team at the lab produced a video titled “The Tablet... Read More →
avatar for Ken Fleming

Ken Fleming

Associate Director of Research, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Kenneth Fleming is the associate director of research for RJI’s Insight and Survey Center. He was responsible for research design, data collection and data analysis of the Online Journalism Credibility Study on behalf of RJI for Associated Press Managing Editors in 2007. | | His research interests include the relationship between social capital and mass media, health communication, political communication, and research methodology. He... Read More →


Friday December 7, 2012 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Fred W. Smith Forum, 2nd Floor RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute

3:30pm

Networking Break
Friday December 7, 2012 3:30pm - 4:00pm
2nd Floor Lobby, RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute

4:00pm

RJI’s Microsoft Application Development Lab

Overview of projects to be undertaken by students and faculty in the RJI’s new Microsoft lab. Demonstrations and tour of facilities.

 


Speakers
avatar for Stephen Bock

Stephen Bock

Lead Developer and Lab Manager, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Stephen Bock is the lead developer and lab manager for the Microsoft Application Development Lab (MADL) at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. In this role, Bock works with industry partners, researchers and students to develop mobile applications, especially those using Windows 8 software and hardware. | | Prior to RJI, Bock was the lead mobile developer for Hallmark Digital at Hallmark Cards, Inc. While at Hallmark, he engineered and... Read More →
avatar for Mike McKean

Mike McKean

Director of the Futures Lab, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Mike McKean directs the Futures Lab, the experimental newsroom and technology testing center of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. He founded the School's Convergence Journalism program and is a leader in the School's partnerships with Apple, Inc., Adobe Systems, AT&T, Hearst Innovation and other top tech and media firms working to transform journalism and journalism education. | | He is a frequent trainer and guest lecturer at top media... Read More →


Friday December 7, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Microsoft Application Development Lab Reynolds Journalism Institute

5:00pm

Lessons Learned from the Newsy Project

Update on the Newsy apps and marketing strategies. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer

President and Founder, Newsy
Jim Spencer is the president and founder of Newsy. Prior to founding Newsy, he helped lead several successful Internet start-up and established online companies. | | Spencer was VP of Content and Answers at Ask Jeeves (Ask.com) where he was responsible for all search queries and helped lead the company to a top 15 website and through a successful initial public offering. | | Prior to Ask Jeeves, he was the GM of News and Information Programming... Read More →


Friday December 7, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Fred W. Smith Forum, 2nd Floor RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute
 
Saturday, December 8
 

8:00am

DPA Business & Strategy Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Roger Fidler

Roger Fidler

Program Director for Digital Publishing, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Roger Fidler is an internationally recognized new media pioneer and visionary. He is best known for his vision of digital newspapers and mobile reading devices, which he conceived and first wrote about in 1981. As Director of New Media for Knight-Ridder Inc. in the 1990s, he pursued his vision at the company’s Information Design Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. In 1994, his team at the lab produced a video titled “The Tablet... Read More →


Saturday December 8, 2012 8:00am - 10:30am
Lambert Seminar Room, 200A, RJI Reynolds Journalism Institute