I received some good news today in the form of an e-mail from Jeanne Fox-Alston, the vice president of the Newspaper Association of American Foundation. I have been invited to join the NAA at its second News Challenge program held at the Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada in Reno.
An excerpt from the letter follows after the jump.
As you may know, this will be the second year for News Challenge. The objective is to provide cutting-edge training and give you a sense of some of the opportunities that exist in digital media, particularly at newspaper companies. You will interface with digital news executives, advertising and marketing directors, community news advocates, educators and others on the cutting edge of reinventing news as we know it.
Speakers will include Brandon Harris, innovation project coordinator, Gannett Co.; Rob Samuels, director mobile product development, New York Times, and Chris Hendricks, VP/interactive media, the McClatchy Co. Retha Hill, director of the New Media Innovation Lab at Arizona State University, is the program director.
For more information about this program, there is a link below.
The students who go will be divided into teams and given a project to work on together. This year, each team will have to design a mobile application for a 300,000 circulation newspaper. The program will run from May 30 to June 5, and the NAA Foundation is nice enough to be providing the airfare, meals and lodging at their own expense, which is great because I do not have a lot of money.
So if you have any ideas, opinions or suggestions, please let me know.