Journalism + Technology: Medill + McCormick

Journalists around the world know that changes in technology have reshaped media. But only a few journalists have taken the time to explore the methods for communicating and collaborating with the technologists who made possible these changes.

Medill Interactive Innovation Project: News Feed

For 12 weeks almost a dozen Medill graduate students and a similar number of computer science students explored these questions while they created potentially industry changing applications.

In a class I co-directed with Dr. Kris Hammond and Dr. Larry Birnbaum from Northwestern University’s InfoLab five cross-disciplinary teams built these five exciting projects, this was how the students described them in their final report:

  • Machine Generated Sports Stories (aka. StatsMonkey): an application that automatically writes sports stories based on box scores
  • News Feed: an iPhone application that presents users with stories of a particular length and topic depending on how much time they have to read
  • EasyWriter: a Microsoft Word plug-in that automatically brings up Internet search results alongside a document based on highlighted text
  • Tweedia: a widget that can be incorporated into a news Web site to enable readers to see real-time tweets related to an article
  • Twitter Publishing: programming that allows Twitter users to automatically receive relevant news links based on their tweets

As Deputy Editor, Digital for the National Geographic Society, Jeremy oversees editorial, missions-based and advertising storytelling on National Geographic's digital platforms. Before coming to the Society he was an associate professor teaching media product design, interactive storytelling, web and print design tools and techniques for Medill and the Segal Institute of Design at Northwestern University. He also served in the Medill administration as the Director of Technology and Space Design. Previously Jeremy led The Poynter Institute in rethinking and redesigning its industry leading website and served as an art director at a couple of newspapers.

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