• Automating The News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media

    Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY (formerly CUNY J-School)

    From hidden connections in big data to bots spreading fake news, journalism is increasingly computer-generated. An expert in computer science and media, Nick Diakopoulos will deliver a multimedia presentation on the present and future of a world in which news is created by algorithm. Amid the push for self-driving cars and the roboticization of industrial economies, automation has proven one of the biggest news stories of our time. Yet the wide-scale automation of the news itself has largely escaped attention. In this lively exposé of that rapidly shifting terrain drawing on his new book, Diakopoulos focuses on the people who tell the stories―increasingly with the help of computer algorithms that are fundamentally changing the creation, dissemination, and reception of the news. Diakopoulos reveals how machine learning and data mining have transformed investigative journalism. Newsbots converse with social media audiences, distributing stories and receiving feedback. Online media has become a platform for A/B testing of content, helping journalists to better understand what moves audiences. Algorithms can even draft certain kinds of stories. These techniques enable media organizations to take advantage of experiments and economies of scale, enhancing the sustainability of the fourth estate. But they also place pressure on editorial decision-making, because they allow journalists to produce more stories, sometimes better ones, but rarely both.

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  • Demo Night: Journalism Startups at Tow-Knight 2019

    Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY (formerly CUNY J-School)

    Join us for our Wednesday, May 15 6pm Demo Night! The 13 fellows in our Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism program will each make 5-minute presentations about their startups. The presenters are developing their startup projects over a four-month semester. In our Tow-Knight entrepreneurial journalism program, fellows study new business models for news, sharpen their entrepreneurial skills and explore media innovation in NYC. Now they're ready to share their projects with you! Doors Open 5:45pm (Arrival and settling in, light snacks) Presentations 6:00pm - 8:00pm (13 demos, 5-minutes each, plus q&a) Click here for a full list of projects and bios. http://bit.ly/ej19bios Read our Medium post about the fellows here: https://medium.com/journalism-innovation/meet-the-2019-tow-knight-entrepreneurial-journalism-cohort-789ab9e4d045 If you are unable to attend this event, we have a morning showcase also on May 15th: https://www.meetup.com/NYCEntrepreneurialMedia/events/259903197/ Please email [masked] with any questions

  • Journalism Startups: 2019 Showcase

    Graduate School of Journalism

    Join us on May 15th for our 6th annual afternoon exhibition of the 13 media startup projects developed by the 2019 fellows of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. This is a chance to talk one-on-one with each of our entrepreneurs about their ventures. This is an open-house style event. Drop in for any part of the event. Doors open at 12:30; the event ends at 3pm. Here's a full list of the startups presenting, along with brief bios. http://bit.ly/ej19bios This year's startups include: • Me Explica (http://meexplica.com/) explains the most talked-about news in Brazil and makes it accessible to all audiences across social channels, including Youtube • Rubic.US (https://rubic.us/) aids those navigating immigrant life in the U.S. • The NOOHs partners with local non-profit news outlets to bring the news into the public square. Using existing outdoor advertising spaces such as bus shelters and street-level posters, NOOHs stories are hyper-localized to their location, giving every reader an entry-point into a story. ... and other terrific media entrepreneurs. Click here for a full list of projects and bios: http://bit.ly/ej19bios Read more about these projects on the Journalism Innovation Medium page https://medium.com/journalism-innovation This event will give you the opportunity to meet the entrepreneurs one-on-one. To see the startups' five-minute presentations, please join us for our Demo Night event on Wednesday, May 15 at 6pm. https://www.meetup.com/NYCEntrepreneurialMedia/events/259903334/ If you are unable to attend either of the May 15th events please email [masked]

  • Entrepreneurial Journalism Fall Demo Night

    Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY (formerly CUNY J-School)

    $5.00

    Come connect with intriguing new media ventures from around the world. Hear short, 10-minute presentations from a variety of startups and see some exciting early-stage ventures demo what they're developing. Limited seats. 6:00 - 6:15 pm: Doors Open, Light Snacks & Networking 6:15pm - 6:25pm: Introductions and Event Begins 6:25pm - 7:45pm: Short Demos & Presentations 7:45pm - 8:00pm Networking Presenters will include a variety of intriguing new media ventures, including, among others: The UPSPEAK app gives podcasters and radio stations the possibility to open a new revenue stream, integrate their listeners into their content formats and give them a place to get into conversation with each other. Users join the free or fee-based community channels of their favorite podcasts and radio stations, where they can listen to exclusive audio content, exchange voice messages with other members and get their questions answered by their idols themselves - Voice only! Founder: Philipp Wallinger [masked] www.upspeak.de PLANTURA is a digital brand for gardening. Through our data-driven approach, we create highly engaging content for the readers of our online gardening magazine plantura.garden [masked] page impressions per month) and are building up a strong community of passionate gardeners. Our online reach and the related brand awareness pushes the sales of our private label products (5 organic and vegan fertilizers). Founder: Melissa Kim Raupach [masked] www.plantura.garden KONTEXTLAB offers publishing software to visually display complex topics and content in non-linear storytelling knowledge maps, making content easily accessible. The software is web-based, responsive, and interactive. It allows users to delve deeper into topics by zooming and panning. It is used by clients for internal and external communication, education and knowledge management. Founder: Julia Koeberlein, Bernhard Scholz [masked] www.kontextlab.com CONTENNO is the first AI-driven, worldwide trading platform for professional editorial content. Publishers and media companies can buy and sell content across country and language barriers. By using flexible, market-oriented pricing, Contenno offers the first "commodity exchange" solution for one of the most valuable products of our time: high-quality journalism. Contenno has forecast annual sales over €100m by 2022. Founder: Axel Breuer [masked] http://www.contenno.com TRANSACT.IO is a debit card for digital media, giving publishers the ability to quickly accept small payments for content directly on their websites. The Transact ecosystem also lets publishers experiment with different distribution and monetization methods, without requiring investments or changes to their websites. Presenters will include startups from the Media Lab Bayern, an early-stage incubator for media startups and a hub for digital innovation in the German media market. Its incubation programs help founders build interdisciplinary teams, find ideas and ensure product-market fit. Media Lab Bayern is part of the Medientage München GmbH and sponsored by the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for New Media and the State of Bavaria. See you there!

  • Journalism Startups: 2018 Showcase

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    Join us on May 9th for our 5th annual afternoon exhibition of the 12 media startup projects developed by the 2018 fellows of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. This is an open-house style event. Drop in for any part of the event. Doors open at 12:30; the event ends at 3pm. Here's a full list of the startups presenting, along with brief bios. (http://bit.ly/ej18bios) This year's startups include: • Walker's Legacy (http://www.walkerslegacy.com/), a platform to inspire and connect professional and entrepreneurial multicultural women • Amenaza Roboto (http://www.amenazaroboto.com/), tech discoveries, innovations and ventures from Latin America • Science Says (https://www.apnews.com/tag/ScienceSays), a series of multimedia science explainers for the Associated Press • Hindsight (https://hindsightsolutions.net/), a service that lets publishers provide context and recommendations to readers ... and more terrific media entrepreneurs. Click here for a full list of projects and bios. (http://bit.ly/ej18bios) Read more about these projects on the Journalism Innovation Medium page (https://medium.com/journalism-innovation). To see the startups pitches, please join us for our Demo Night event on Tuesday, May 8 (https://www.meetup.com/NYCEntrepreneurialMedia/events/249741884/) at 6pm.

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  • Demo Night: Journalism Startups at Tow-Knight 2018

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    Join us for our Tuesday, May 8 6pm Demo Night! We'll feature fellows from our Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism program. The 12 presenters represent 7 countries. They've been developing their startup projects for the past 15 weeks. In our Tow-Knight entrepreneurial journalism program, fellows study new business models for news, sharpen their entrepreneurial skills and explore media innovation in NYC. Now they're ready to share their projects with you! Here's a full list of the startups presenting, along with brief bios. (http://bit.ly/ej18bios) Doors Open 5:45pm (Arrival and settling in, light snacks) Presentations 6:00pm - 8:00pm (12 demos, 5-minutes each, plus q&a) Can't make it in person? Livestream the event here: https://www.journalism.cuny.edu/watch/ This year's startups include: • Walker's Legacy (http://www.walkerslegacy.com/), a platform to inspire and connect professional and entrepreneurial multicultural women • Amenaza Roboto (http://www.amenazaroboto.com/), tech discoveries, innovations and ventures from Latin America • Science Says (https://www.apnews.com/tag/ScienceSays), a series of multimedia science explainers for the Associated Press • Hindsight (https://hindsightsolutions.net/), a service that lets publishers provide context and recommendations to readers ... and more terrific media entrepreneurs. Click here for a full list of projects and bios. (http://bit.ly/ej18bios) Read more about these projects on the Journalism Innovation Medium page (https://medium.com/journalism-innovation). To meet the startup founders one on one, please join us for our open-house showcase event on Wednesday, May 9 (https://www.meetup.com/NYCEntrepreneurialMedia/events/249742061/), anytime between 12:30 to 3:00pm. Twitter Details: Hashtag: #DemoWeek (https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23demonight&src=typd) Hosts: @tkCUNY (http://www.twitter.com/tkCUNY) @CUNYJSchool (http://www.twitter.com/CUNYJSchool) Read more about the Tow-Knight fellowship here (http://towknight.org/apply/). Hosted by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism (http://towknight.org/) at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (http://journalism.cuny.edu/) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-_i4skxbu4

  • How to Make Money with Your Videos

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    $10.00

    Learn How to Make Money with Your Videos. Shooting video is easy. So is editing. Today, with iPhones anyone can make video. What most people can’t seem to do is to make money with their video. That's unfortunate, because the opportunities to make money – sometimes a lot of money, have never been better. Michael Rosenblum, author of iPhone Millionaire (https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Millionaire-Create-Cutting-Edge-Video/dp/0071800174), is going to explain how to make real money with your videos. Real money. There are more than 40,000 cable, satellite and broadcast channels around the world and they all need content all the time. In the US alone, there is demand for more than 4.5 million hours of programming a year, which pays as much as $250,000 per half hour. And that is before considering the growing market for online video. This used to be a world dominated by major production companies. Not anymore. AGENDA Participants will learn: • where the market is for your videos • how to create a pitch reel that sells • how to get your work seen • how to make real money with your video gear The Presenter's Background For nearly 30 years, Mr. Rosenblum has been on the cutting edge of the digital ‘videojournalist’ revolution. During this time, he has led a drive for video literacy. He's advocated for the complete rethinking of how television and online video is made and controlled. His work has included: • The complete transitioning of the BBC's national network (UK) to a VJ-driven model, starting in 2002. • The complete conversion of The Voice of America, the United States Government’s broadcasting agency (and the largest broadcaster in the world), from short wave radio to television broadcasting and webcasting using the ‘VJ” paradigm (1998-present). • The construction of NYT Television, a New York Times Company and the largest producer of non-fiction television in the U.S. Rosenblum was both the President and founder of NYT TV, (all based on the “VJ” paradigm –[masked]). He was also President and founder of Video News International, a global VJ-driven news gathering company, with more than one hundred journalists around the world. [masked]). In partnership with Al Gore, he conceived of and founded Current TV. In partnership with Lisa Lambden, he founded The Travel Channel Academy and TheVJ.com, an online video school (www.TheVJ.com (http://www.nyvs.com/)). He has designed, built and implemented VJ-driven news channels around the world, including Time Warner’s NY1 News, Associated Newspapers (UK) London based Channel 1, Young Broadcasting stations in the U.S., Switzerland’s largest commercial TV broadcaster, TeleZuri, as well as a host of smaller projects such as Eritrea’s ERI-TV and Sri Lanka’s SLBC. His consulting clients include The BBC, TV-24/Germany, TV4/Sweden, Oxygen Media, BBC, KBC, TVL, Danmarks Radio (DK), TV-3 Sweden, Norway & Denmark, Tokyo Broadcasting, and Korea Broadcasting. As a producer, Rosenblum has produced or overseen production on more than five thousand hours of programming for both network and cable television. His shows have included the long-running Trauma: Life in the E.R., Paramedics, Police Force, Labor and Delivery, and Science Times. These series have aired on TLC, Showtime and National Geographic channels. He has also produced for ABC, CBS, Oxygen and the BBC. Most recently his groundbreaking 5 Takes series for Discovery has completely rewritten the production paradigm. The company currently has more than 300 hours in production for this year alone. He has conducted his unique VJ training classes all over the world, from Thailand to Marrakech, and has lectured extensively both overseas and in the U.S. He is an adjunct professor of communication at New York University, where he teaches “Television and the Information Revolution,” a course of his own design, and at The Bauhaus in Germany. His Brussels-based Rosenblum Institute trains European journalists to work as VJs. He is the author of Videojournalismus (Germany) and iPhone Millionaire: Six Weeks To Change Your Life (https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Millionaire-Create-Cutting-Edge-Video/dp/0071800174) (McGraw Hill 2012). He is a regular blogger for The Guardian (UK) and The Huffington Post.

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  • "The Inevitable: 12 New Technologies," a Book Discussion

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    $5.00

    Join us for our 2nd entrepreneurial book discussion! Our book is: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future We'll start with a quick summary of Kelly's insights, and then discuss some of his more intriguing and surprising takeaways. We'll also discuss implications for media and journalism. Join the table for a relaxed book luncheon discussion. This is a small group discussion, not a lecture. Please read the book in advance to make the most of the discussion. Brown bag style — feel free to bring your own lunch, we'll provide a light snack. Description from Amazon: (https://www.amazon.com/Inevitable-Understanding-Technological-Forces-Future/dp/0143110373/ref=mt_paperback?_encoding=UTF8&me=) "A New York Times Bestseller From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives. Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces. Kelly both describes these deep trends—interacting, cognifying, flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking, and questioning—and demonstrates how they overlap and are codependent on one another. These larger forces will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other..." About the Author Kevin Kelly helped launch Wired magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has written for The New York Times, The Economist, Science, Time, and The Wall Street Journal among many other publications. His previous books include Out of Control, New Rules for the New Economy, Cool Tools, and What Technology Wants. Currently Senior Maverick at Wired, Kelly lives in Pacifica, California. -----

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  • Innovative Stories: Highlights from the 2017 ONA Award Finalists

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    Join us for a lunch break as we look at innovative storytelling by the 2017 Online Journalism Award finalists (https://awards.journalists.org/winners/2017/) on Monday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 PM. We'll see some of the most compelling digital journalism pieces from the last year year. We'll watch and listen to several pieces and have a brief informal discussion with reactions to the pieces and questions that arise, including: - What makes these stories effective, and how do they serve the information needs of audiences? - How can others follow their lead in experimenting with innovative storytelling? We'll screen several pieces, including: A New Age of Walls (https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/border-barriers/global-illegal-immigration-prevention/) The Washington Post Containers (https://soundcloud.com/containersfmg) Fusion Media Group After Solitary (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/after-solitary/) Emblematic Group, FRONTLINE Please join us for a viewing and discussion moderated by Jeremy Caplan, Tow-Knight's Director of Education. If you'd like to eat, feel free to bring your own bag lunch.

  • Trends in Entrepreneurial Journalism

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism will host an interactive panel discussion featuring several entrepreneurial alumni on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6 PM. The startup founding alums will discuss the projects they developed while in the program and share thoughts on broader entrepreneurial journalism trends. The panelists will address questions that include: - What are some new news startups that provide inspiration? - What new approaches to revenue generation seem most promising? - How do news entrepreneurs tackle the challenge of building a community? - What tools, readings and resources are most useful for entrep journalists? Panelists will include: Dawn Kissi, Founder of Emerging Market Views (http://em-views.com/) Peter Green, Founder of http://FoodMakers.NYC Samantha Gross, Founder of StoryTour (http://story-tour.com) Michael Rain, Co-Founder of ZNewsAfrica (http://znewsafrica.com/) Christian Fahrenbach, Founder of Signal and Noise (https://t.co/XeZEsoOAKJ) Please join us for a lively discussion and light snacks. The panel will be moderated by Jeremy Caplan, Tow-Knight's Director of Education. ----- Presenter Bios: CHRISTIAN FAHRENBACH works as a journalist, teacher and consultant in Germany and New York. He was the first ever German Fellow in the "Entrepreneurial Journalism" program at New York's City University and is one of the founding members of Krautreporter, the biggest crowdfunding project in German journalism to date. He writes their daily newsletter "Morgenpost" with more than 15,000 subscribers and an open rate of more than 40 percent. As a journalist, he works regularly for the German newswire dpa in New York and Washington and he had bylines in Süddeutsche Zeitung, the business magazine brand eins, Spiegel Online and Zeit Online, among many others. As a teacher he gave lectures and workshops for clients like the Swiss Ringier Group, the Deutsche Journalistenschule or Hamburg Media School and he gave key notes or hosted panels at re:publica, in the German Haus at SXSW or at the Digital Media Viability conference in Beirut, Lebanon. PETER S. GREEN’s FoodMakers.NYC is a business-to-business newsletter for New York’s food-making and food-selling community. Bio: Peter Green is a reporter, editor and news entrepreneur. A veteran foreign correspondent, he has covered wars, revolutions and the transformation of the former Communist world for UPI, the Times of London, the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times. He’s also been a senior editor at the New York Post, Metro and Crain’s New York Business, and has won awards for investigative reporting, feature writing and branded content. @PeterGreenNews SAMANTHA GROSS's StoryTour enables journalists and storytellers to lead small groups to encounter the people and stories of New York City firsthand Bio: Samantha is a narrative storyteller and journalist. As an Associated Press writer and editor, she worked in Italy, Florida and New York, where she became the AP’s City Hall correspondent. Along the way, she covered news events ranging from the battle over the fate of Terri Schiavo to Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's Hudson River plane landing. Samantha has written features focusing on unexpected and revealing human stories percolating beneath the surface of the metropolis. Follow her @samanthagross. DAWN KISSI’s Emerging Market Views (http://em-views.com/) is a single-topic multimedia platform focused solely on the world’s emerging and frontier markets. Bio: Dawn Kissi is an award-winning multilingual journalist, international correspondent and executive producer covering global markets, finance and business. Throughout her career she has interviewed and profiled some of the world's most prominent individuals and businesses, landing exclusives with countless newsmakers. In 2015 she was awarded one of the first Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation grants via the New York City Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment after a competitive process administered by the Made in NY Media Center and the City of New York’s Economic Development Corporation. In December of 2015 she formed Emerging Market Media where she is editor-in-chief. Dawn is a first-generation American, a member of the Paley Media Council and a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. @dawnkissi (https://twitter.com/dawnkissi?lang=en) MICHAEL RAIN’s ZNews Africa creates and curates cool stories about the global Pan-African community through our mobile app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bahbahtech.mobile.android.news.zalph&hl=en), newsletter (http://bit.ly/ZNLarchive) and website (http://znewsafrica.com/). We publish original content on ZNewsAfrica.com. ZNewsletter, our weekly email of curated stories, reaches 4,000+ readers across the world. Produced and developed in-house in both English and French, the ZNews Africa mobile app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bahbahtech.mobile.android.news.zalph&hl=en) has garnered over 80,000 downloads and provides the latest news across Africa from more than 170 global news sources. ZNews Africa has participated in accelerator programs for mobile tech startups from Facebook, Google and Microsoft. Bio: Michael Rain is the co-founder of ZMedia Tech Group, a media + tech company that builds tech products for the global market of the African diaspora. He serves as the head of product and content of the company’s flagship brand ZNews Africa (http://znewsafrica.com/). Michael is a visual and textual creative, content developer and product manager with a background in strategic communications. He has worked with some of the world’s largest and best-known brands including Time Warner, Toyota and The Wall Street Journal. He is Ghanaian-American, a lifelong New Yorker and Brooklyn native. @michaeljrain

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