The Convergence faculty have made the big move. They and the Futures Lab staff have taken up residence in the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Joining the faculty this fall is Victoria Lim, an award-winning reporter for the Tampa Tribune and WFLA-TV. Two new Futures Lab editors are also assisting students in our Fundamentals, Reporting and Editing classes: Reuben Stern, former managing editor of the Columbia Missourian, and Olga Missiri, a native Russian who has taught video journalism throughout the Russian Federation, in Switzerland and at Stephens College in Columbia.
Five student teams from journalism and computer science are advancing to the final round of the RJI-iPhone Student Developer Competition. The contest, coordinated by Futures Lab Director and Convergence professor Mike McKean, is sponsored by Apple, Inc., AT&T Mobility, RJI and the MU Information Technology Committee. The teams, who are working on news and advertising-related applications for the iPhone 3G, will travel to Apple’s Cupertino, CA world headquarters at the end of January to meet with iPhone programmers and marketers.
The Convergence faculty welcomes a new partner: Newsy.com. The online video startup, located in Columbia, provides multiple perspectives on national and global stories. The vice-presidents of content and marketing for Newsy, George Schellenger and Alexandra Wharton, are teaching two new elective courses in the school. Newsy.com is still in beta, but you can view content by registering on their site.
Students in Convergence Reporting and Convergence Editing and Producing have also been providing alternative coverage of MU football for the website of St. Louis television station KMOV. We expect to renew the partnership in the spring 2009 semester.
Convergence students Beth Androuais, Sarah Damian, Eric Durban, Jashin Lin, Elle Moxley, Sarah Orscheln and Beth Stanifer (along with 52 of their classmates) helped cover the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. They’ve collected their thoughts on the MoJo Beijing blog.
Read and react to the postings of our students, faculty and followers in our blog, “The Convergency Room.”
Mac Users: watch embedded Windows Media files from KOMU.com and other sites by downloading the free WMV Player from Flip4Mac.com.----------Posted on April 7, 2009 by admin in Student Work