2017 RJI Tech Showcase
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Great young minds create great new ideas, products and stories! Witness that creativity in action on Tuesday, April 25th at the RJI Tech Showcase.
It’s our fifth annual celebration of technology innovations featuring the work of students from the Missouri School of Journalism and their colleagues in the University of Missouri College of Engineering. We kick off the 2017 Tech Showcase with presentations by the four finalist teams in the 10th annual RJI Student Competition followed by the announcement of the winners. This year’s contest focuses on mobile applications of artificial intelligence designed to improve journalism and better serve citizens who rely on high-quality news.
Last year’s winners created Recordly, a service that uses the iPhone, Apple Watch and speech-to-text software from IBM Watson to produce real-time transcripts of reporters’ interviews. The Recordly team is currently working on their product launch with help from the Mid-Mo Tech Accelerator.
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Fred W. Smith Forum 200, Reynolds Journalism Institute, 401 S. 9th St., Columbia, Missouri
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All presentations will take place in RJI's Fred W. Smith Forum 200. No registration required.
Tuesday, April 25th
RJI Executive Director Randy Picht
2017 RJI STUDENT COMPETITION FINALE
Introduction of judges, mentors and finalists from the competition
RJI Associate Director Mike McKean
Bill Anderson, Executive Director, Missouri Technology Corporation
Tony Brown, VP for Product, Newsy.com
Amanda Klohmann, UX Designer, PHLUR
Ebony Reed, Futures Lab Director, RJI
Dong Xu, IT Program Director, College of Engineering
Mike McKean, Associate Director, RJI
Shawn Moore, Lead Developer, RJI
Dale Musser, Associate Professor, College of Engineering
Reuben Stern, Deputy Director, RJI Futures Lab
Presentation by Team NewsXplore
Erdenetungalag Erdenekhuyag, Bidyut Mukherjee, Haley Reed, Clara Wright & Alex Yang
Presentation by Team MegAPIxel
Olivia Apperson, Haley Hodges, Teddy Ivanov, Christopher King & Beth Sperry
Presentation by Team MindFlow
Humera Lodhi, Chris Mitchell & Evan Teters
Presentation by Team Naberfeed
Thunpisit Amnuaikiatloet, Shashank Avusali, Carlos Martinez Villar, Thitivuth Rattanasriampaipong & Maria Valero Dosal
Announcement of this year’s winners and awarding of prizes
RJI Chief Technology Advisor Dale Musser & Futures Lab Deputy Director Reuben Stern
NEW AUDIENCES, NEW SOCIAL STRATEGIES
Todd Chen, Hailey Godburn, Danielle Hogerty & Calli Luna
Mentor: Ryan Famuliner
KBIA is collaborating with the True/False Film Fest to create a podcast centered on documentary journalism. This convergence capstone team has produced episodes, planned the launch and developed a promotional strategy.
Facebook Live at the Missourian
Kylie Boyce, Abby Dodge, Grace Hase & Travis Meier
Mentor: Matt Dulin
The Missourian has been experimenting with Facebook Live to build on existing community outreach, reporting and engagement efforts. Every live stream has been an experiment, and thanks to ample data from Facebook insights, they’ve been able to make incremental improvements with each effort. The team will discuss what they’ve tried and learned and provide best practices moving forward.
Online audience development: newsroom trials
Nicholas Allen, Rose McManus, Jennifer Prohov & Emily Rackers
Mentor and co-presenter: Amy Simons
It’s been a year of experimentation with emerging social platforms to listen to the wants and needs of the j-school’s audiences. How have those experiments factored into our newsrooms’ social media and branding playbooks? Find out from students in the Online Audience Development class.
14ymedio membership model
14ymedio membership model Grace Hase & Dorothy Sedovic
Mentor and client: RJI Fellow Alejandro Gonzalez
In 2014 14ymedio made history by launching Cuba’s first independent digital news outlet. They are now on a journey to grow it and sustain it. This convergence capstone team is helping launch a new membership model by developing and testing a marketing plan to attract new members.
14ymedio mobile app
Dale Musser & Shawn Moore
While the capstone team has been testing 14ymedio’s membership model, RJI’s Chief Technology Advisor and Lead Developer have been working with Gonzalez on a mobile app that bypasses easier-to-censor wifi networks with peer-to-peer news sharing technology.
A Vox sampler
Alex Edwards, Katelyn Lunders, Mitchel Summers
Mentors: Sara Shipley Hiles and Heather LambVox Magazine does innovation on a shoestring. Student editors share best practices and lessons learned from the magazine's latest digital projects: an email newsletter, Parse.ly analytics, Social News Desk, and social video.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CAPSTONE PROJECTS
Each year we invite students from the College of Engineering’s IT capstone class to share some of their creations.
Mentor: Joe Guilliams
One-stop shop for local events
Homer Gaidarski, Kean Mattingly, Jared Melton, Addison Payden & Aaron Whaley
How do you find local events without intentionally scanning news, advertisements and social media channels? If you’re planning an event, how do you get the word out effectively? With a mobile app that lets users see and share information based on location.
Scanning and displaying pre-screened social posts by hashtag
Allen Ahner, James Barksdale, Philip Gilbreth & David Schneider
MU’s Student & Auxilliary Services office wants to do social listening by relevant hashtags, queue up posts for administrative approval, then display them publicly using their own themes and branding. The team’s web app does just that!
Standardizing online voter registration
Jeremy Evers, Ethan Hannah, Jordan Jones, Josh Lewis, Adam Newland & Eva Petakovic
The voter registration information for one in eight U.S. residents is outdated or inaccurate. Thirty-seven states allow online registration, but the systems for doing so are often less than clear. The team conducted a usability study on existing platforms and will demonstrate a more consistent and easy-to-use template for prospective voters.
NEW INSIGHTS FOR THE COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN AND A GLOBAL NGO
Finding and licensing local user-generated images
Kaveh Kardan, Xin Liu, Miko Qian & Kexin Sun
Mentor: Matt Dulin
Scop.io aims to be the Getty Images of UGC. Publishers search the company’s platform for local photos and videos, license them from the original creators, distribute them on their platforms, and pull insights that offer a better way to engage with their audiences. This convergence capstone team is testing Scop.io at the Columbia Missourian.
Using analytics to enhance ByKids.org
Guohao Chen, Jordan Evans & Jennifer Janssen
Mentor: Brad Best
Students in the Advanced Interactive Advertising course are using Google Analytics and AdWords data, along with other metrics, to propose platform improvements for ByKids.org, an NGO that pairs professional filmmakers with kids to create documentaries telling stories about how issues affect kids from around the world.
Virtual reality for deadline news
Rachel Foster-Gimbel, Maria Kalaitzandonakes, Lauren Puckett & Julia Terbrock
Mentor: Clyde Bentley
Students in the Emerging Technologies in Journalism course took virtual reality a step beyond the feature stories and games that have become the latest Internet boom. The class helped develop ways to integrate VR – specifically 360° photos and videos – into deadline news at the Columbia Missourian. This presentation will explain the multi-step learning process the students went through to go from gimmicky snapshots to a powerful new form of journalism.
MAKING MOBILE APPS
Prof. Dale Musser, RJI Chief Technology Advisor, introduces student projects from the team-based mobile application development course co-sponsored by RJI and the College of Engineering.
Mentors: Musser, Assoc. Prof. of Convergence Journalism Judd Slivka & RJI Lead Developer Shawn Moore
Designers: Kelly Palecek & Dorothy Sedovic
Developers: Chase Allen, Jeff Orr, Miranda Reese & Jessica Sellers
Designers: Gina Struttmann, Briana Wilson & Huiqi Xu
Developers: Thunspit Amnuaikiatloet, Ryan Lapeyre, William Mock & Bruce Thomson
Autism Aid and Thompson Tracker are apps being built in conjunction with Mizzou’s Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Designers: Lindsay Gloor & Danielle Hogerty
Developers: Chaewon Yun, Michael Thompkins, Yunfei Yang & Zhihao Zhang
This team is building an app that uses public restaurant health inspection data provided by the City of Chicago to give consumers information about food safety.
Designers: Suzanne Sterns & Yijun Zou
Developers: Fankie Cancino, Anthony Gaertner, Zhuangwei Kang & Devante Sherod
The School Planner app helps students track their class assignments.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?FREE PIZZA for student attendees!
RJI Associate Director Mike McKean
Wednesday, April 26 – BONUS, ON-CAMPUS-ONLY SESSION:
Live Like Fiction: 30 Days to Become the Author of Your Own Life Story
Mizzou graduate, former RJI Student Competition winner and media strategist Francesco Marconi has spent years studying how personal stories inspire incredible achievements. Now he is sharing how others can use the same principles of storytelling to chart—and accelerate— their path to breakthrough professional success.
Francesco didn't just write this new book on owning success—he’s lived it, as a storyteller, speaker, and strategist at The Associated Press, and fellow at Columbia School of Journalism. Now he layers the tricks of his trade on top of fresh scientific research to offer a compelling step-by-step approach to achieving breakthrough professional growth.
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