Paley Center for Media, Knight Foundation to Spotlight News Innovation in Chicago

May 09, 2012, 14:16 ET from The Paley Center for Media

Northwestern's Knight Lab and Built In Chicago to co-present startup showcase for senior media executives, investors at Hotel Sax Chicago

NEW YORK, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Paley Center for Media, the premier nonprofit forum for the media industry, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which advances journalism excellence in the digital age, will spotlight innovative ideas and business models for producing, distributing, and funding journalism with the second edition of their new event series "The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation," May 22 at the Hotel Sax in Chicago. Presented in partnership with the KnightNewsInnovationLab, a joint initiative of Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Medill School of Journalism, and BuiltInChicago, an online community for digital entrepreneurs and innovators, the event will showcase news and information startups for an audience of senior media executives and investors from the Tribune Company, Groupon, and other Chicago-based organizations.

Inspired by the Paley Center's "Next Big Thing" series, which invites emerging media entrepreneurs to present before an exclusive audience of industry leaders, "The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation" aims to connect journalism innovators with decision makers at news organizations, venture capitalists, and faculty and students from area journalism programs. Video and photos from the events, as well as profiles of news and information startups, are available on a dedicated site at

Prior to the event in Chicago, presenters will hone their pitches and product demos through one-on-one sessions with select executives and investors, including Matt Moog, founder/CEO, Viewpoints, and founder, Built In Chicago; Michael A. Silver, executive director, Knight News Innovation Lab, Northwestern University; Rich Gordon, professor and director of digital innovation, Medill School, Northwestern University; Brian Fields, senior director, business development, Groupon; Bill Adee, VP, digital, Chicago Tribune; Tim Landon, CEO, Landon Company; and Sean Finnegan, founder/CEO, The C4 Group, among others. The presenters will then deliver their pitches on May 22 at the Sax Chicago's Americas Ballroom, where they will receive instant feedback in a conversation moderated by Andrew Heyward, managing partner of MarketspaceNext and former president of CBS News.

The following companies will present at the May 22 event:

Narrative Science – "We transform data into stories and insights.".
Newsy – "Multi-source, multi-platform video news."
NowSpots – "Making effective advertising easy for everyone."
Upworthy – "Social media with a mission: to help people find content that makes the most important topics of our day as fun to share as a biking-off-your-roof stunt-gone-wrong YouTube video."

The event begins at 10:00 a.m. CDT, with coffee and refreshments. Presentations begin at 10:30, followed by a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. Admission is free for members of the Paley Center's Media Council and Generator communities, as well as invited guests.

The event will be live-streamed via at, beginning at 10:30 a.m.CDT. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #PaleyNext.

Contact – Press
Carrie Oman
Paley Center for Media

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