Poynter and MacArthur Foundation to Host Mobile News Summit at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism to Explore the Future of Mobile News

Media, technology and academic leaders will explore innovations in mobile storytelling, audience engagement and revenue generation strategies

Aug 17, 2015, 10:30 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With audiences rapidly shifting to smartphones and tablets to consume news, The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, announced it will hold a Mobile News Summit (#mobilenews15) at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City on Sept. 13th and 14th. The summit is being presented by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The event, which also is being sponsored by Facebook, Twitter and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, will gather up to 100 news executives, journalists, technologists and academics engaged in mobile journalism and storytelling.  Industry leaders from The New York Times, ProPublica, The Associated Press, The Guardian, Fusion, AJ+ and BuzzFeed News will be among the speakers.

The event kicks off with an evening reception at Twitter's New York headquarters on Sept. 13th. The day-long summit takes place on Sept. 14th  at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Sessions will focus on:

-Leading a mobile-first newsroom
-How to effectively deliver news to a mobile audience
-Mobile's rapid growth and what it means for storytelling
-Monetizing mobile
-Building a news apps team
-Live streaming: the ethics and implications for newsrooms

"Experts say this will be the first year in which a majority of digital news is consumed on a mobile device, and this rapid and seismic shift has huge implications for the media industry and journalists," said Tim Franklin, Poynter's President. "This summit brings together some of the top minds from the industry and the academy to explore the opportunities and challenges this trend represents for the media business and citizens in our self-governed democracy."

"In this age of collaboration among news outlets, the MacArthur Foundation wants to promote understanding about the quickly changing platforms through which audiences access journalism and media in the public interest," said Kathy Im, Director of Journalism and Media at the MacArthur Foundation. 

Participation is by invitation only and will be at no cost to invitees. A limited number of journalists also will be invited to apply to attend the summit. Media leaders and journalists who wish to apply for the summit may obtain an application by emailing Poynter at: sregister@poynter.org. A video recording of the summit will be posted on Poynter.org following the event.

About The Poynter Institute  --  The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world's largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 330,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute's website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world's top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.

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