Victor Hernandez

Victor Hernandez

2015-2016 Reynolds Fellow

  Nonresidential fellow
  Reynolds Journalism Institute


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About Victor Hernandez

Victor Hernandez has developed a reputation for infusing traditional journalism leadership with new media applications. Hernandez is currently the director of media Innovation at Banjo, a technology startup specializing in event detection used everyday by thousands of journalists. In 2015-16 he concluded an academic fellowship with the Reynolds Journalism Institute that focused on the impact of the Apple Watch and news audiences.

Prior to Banjo, Hernandez spent 12 years at CNN working extensively within the organization’s news editorial leadership ranks and product technology areas. He most recently served as the company’s ‘News Futurist,’ and was charged with shaping new media strategies against CNN’s journalistic objectives and organizational priorities. Hernandez also served as CNN’s director of national coverage, where he oversaw the network’s domestic news gathering operations including the managing of strategic response to breaking news and in-depth coverage. Prior to CNN, he spent several years helping lead local NBC broadcast stations in California, where he is originally from.

Victor Hernandez devoted eight months to exploring the impact of wearable technology on newsrooms as a 2015-2016 RJI Fellow.

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Victor Hernandez's fellowship project

Victor Hernandez will devote eight months to exploring the impact of wearable technology on newsrooms as a 2015-2016 nonresidential fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. His research is intended to lay a foundation for future testing and experimentation. Hernandez plans to partner with local and national news organizations to experiment with the technology and study potential journalistic applications.

The goal of the partnerships is to arrive at a reasonable consensus regarding effective features and applications for journalism, illustrate effective use case examples, gather critical user feedback on suggested application and workflow improvements, and identify any hardware/software opportunities not yet available, Hernandez says. Hernandez will also seek help from faculty members and students at the Missouri School of Journalism in his testing and research.

He sees the exploration process as an opportunity to share feedback and suggestions with smartwatch developers.

During the fellowship Hernandez and his team will be developing what he’s calling a wearables playbook, with recommended equipment, best practices, approaches to workflow, recommendations for future technology, and case studies.

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