Future of Online Journalism Symposium

The I/S journal at The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law hosted this discussion of media, policy and technology March 29-30, 2012.

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  1. This March, a group of scholars, policy-makers, media makers and students came together for a one-and-a-half-day symposium to discuss the future of online journalism. This site includes the program and bios of all contributors, and hopefully will soon include video and/or audio of the presentations.
  2. Be sure to click through to the second page of this Storify story for live Tweets from the discussion. 
  3. Background

  4. The event was organized by student editors at this journal. Each year, I/S takes up a distinct area of interest at the intersection of law and policy. They host a convening, out of which come articles that form the journal. 
  5. This year's topic had to do with information needs of communities -- a rubric laid out by the Knight Commission on Information Needs in Communities. Peter Shane, a law professor at Ohio State University, was executive director of the commission and the architect of its report. Many other scholars and policy researchers have taken up the info needs concept as the basis of future work -- including the Federal Communications Commission, which, under the leadership of Steven Waldman, undertook its own report on how the U.S. media system serves (and does not serve) the information needs of local communities. 
  6. Broadcasters' public political files: the most pressing topical issue discussed at the symposium


    Both Steven Waldman and Dick Tofel, general manager of ProPublica, discussed a policy issue the FCC is expected to take up soon: Increased transparency for political advertising at broadcast stations. 
  7. Significant reports cited during symposium discussions


    Most of these are either authored or cited by the presenters. These reports provide a good background on the scope of issues and experiments in the field.
  8. Presenters' projects


    One of the best aspects of the symposium was learning more about the hyperlocal news sites and other experiments in online journalism that others are doing - how they work, why they work, and what people have learned from those that failed. 
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