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Join us for a weekly discussion covering multimedia, data and social aspects of modern news. The Journalism Now Podcast is created through a partnership of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, The Poynter Institute, and our gracious participants.
Recorded February 5, 2009. Published February 8.
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Dave Stanton is the Technology Fellow at The Poynter Institute. His current post is a combination of code wrangling for internal projects and developing tools to help journalists.(more)
He began working with Poynter for the EyeTrack07 study and continues to focus on news-reading behavior and cognition across platforms. He hopes to provide content producers with reliable tools and metrics to guide information gathering, production and transmission across platforms in order to optimize newsroom asset allocation. He has taught six different digital journalism courses with a total of 21 sections at the University of Florida since 2004.
Ellyn Angelotti is the Interactivity Editor of Poynter Online and a faculty member at The Poynter Institute.(more)
Since joining the Poynter Institute in April 2007, she has taught and written about innovations in multimedia development and how news organizations connect with users through interactive methods (like user commenting).
Prior to coming to Poynter, she guided the development of nontraditional multimedia sports content at the Naples Daily News as the New Media Sports Editor. While attending the University of Kansas, she worked as a multimedia producer for World Online, the Web department for the Lawrence Journal-World. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Online-Broadcast Journalism and Spanish.
Mark Hartnett is the the Online Innovations Editor at The Palm Beach Post, where he's worked in various positions, including reporter and computer-assisted reporting specialist, since graduating from UF in 2000.(more)
In early 2008 he moved to the editorial web team, and in the fall the little development group moved out of editorial and into the Internet Operations department. In making that move Mark and his crew sought to create a team that operated more like a purely digital publisher, by connecting data-driven content and revenue under a single vision. The goal is to avoid the piecemeal development efforts that one finds at so many newspapers, where discrete apps are launched by editorial developers who have little or no contact with business models.
Since 1993, Steve Outing has been immersed in Internet media and news industry innovation -- as a writer, columnist, editor, author, researcher, blogger, consultant, and entrepreneur.(more)
Currently he splits time between several projects involving reinventing the newspaper, reinventing classifieds, and advice/consulting for the news industry. He wrote a popular column covering the interactive news business for Editor & Publisher Online since 1995, and also write about digital-media topics on his blog, SteveOuting.com and Twitter.
He founded and operated a social-media company, the Enthusiast Group, which applied grassroots media and social networking to adventure sports, from 2006-2007. From 2001 to 2006 he was a senior editor at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and headed up the Eyetrack III study on consumer behavior on news websites.
In 2000, he was awarded an "EPpy" for Outstanding Individual Achievement in serving the online-news industry. Prior to 1993, he had a traditional newspaper and magazine writing/editing/graphics career for publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Boulder Daily Camera.
Stephanie Rosenblatt is a multimedia developer at the Miami Herald. Her job includes everything from creating new front-end designs for special projects to programming graphs, databases and content management systems in Actionscript 3.0 and Ruby on Rails.(more)
She focuses her current studies on developing her programming and statistics knowledge for the analysis of raw data to visualize information on the web. Her ultimate goal is to focus and streamline the translation of data into the best forms to make information most useful to consumers and translatable across multiple platforms.
Matthew Waite is the News Technologist for the St. Petersburg Times, a loosely defined job that combines a decade of reporting experience with database and programming skills to create new forms of journalism.(more)
Waite is the principal developer of PolitiFact, an award winning site that fact checks things politicians are saying on the issues of the day.
He is also developing Neighborhood Watch, a site that automatically collects neighborhood level real estate information and synthesizes it into stories, graphics, trends and maps.
He is co-author of Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss, a book about how environmental policies designed to protect the nation's wetlands are only providing the illusion of protection while allowing for widespread destruction of vital swamps and marshes.
Paige West is the Director of Interactive Projects at msnbc.com. She and her team produce interactive features and storytelling formats that are not possible in print or broadcast alone.(more)
They work with a variety of online technologies and multitudes of data sets to create unique features that engage users and personalize a story.
Prior to coming to msnbc.com, Paige was a producer at Second Story Interactive Studios where she produced interactive kiosks for museum exhibits. She was also a founding producer at NewsU, the Poynter Institute’s online learning site for working journalists. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Example projects include the Bridge Tracker, Candidate + Issue Matrix, Decision’08 Dashboard data maps, Debate Analyzer, Battle of the Bags, a real-time hurricane tracker and the Emmy-nominated Fight for Iraq.
Derek Willis is a member of The Times' Interactive News Technology group, a combination of journalists and developers who build data-driven Web applications for nytimes.com.(more)
Willis also worked at washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, Congressional Quarterly and The Palm Beach Post. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and did not quite enough graduate work at the University of Florida. He's married with one daughter and two cats, and he lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. There's more online at thescoop.org.