Mobile and social technology: they are, thus far, the defining feature of the 21st century. Emerging technologies such as Google’s “Project Glass” reveal that the future will be all about offering mobile people convenient heads-up displays of relevant data on an individualized basis. In an instant, users will be able to access location of friends, commercial offers, tourist information, news and sports updates, and even running scans of personal characteristics of passers-by on the street. When chatting with friends, voice stress analysis and other psychological state indications could be detected and displayed to users.
This new world promises change, but it is not a world we must enter into blindly. In preparation, the Boston University College of Communication hosts “Living Inside Mobile Social Information,” an academic workshop that will draw upon existing evidence to aid in understanding these likely changes. Taking place on April 29-30, the workshop will bring together scholars in hopes of moving past casual speculation and instead drawing on systematic social-science based analyses.
In addition, there will be a free forum open to the public on Monday, April 29 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road. Titled “Small Wonder: An Exploration of Knowing Something about Anything,” the public session will feature Peppino Ortoleva, a professor at the Università di Torino, who will present “Homo ludicus on the move: The ubiquity of play and the fragmentation of time.” Professors from the University of Michigan Scott W. Campbell and Joseph Bayer as well as Rich Ling from the IT University of Copenhagen will present on “The case of the missing phone: Implications of Google Glass for the embeddedness of mobile communication.” Though no advanced registration is necessary, a sign-in will begin at 4:15 pm. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.
More information available here.
Members of the journalism community have gathered at Boston University 12 times before to strengthen their craft and learn from peers about the “power of narrative.” Despite changes in technology since its 1998 inception, the mission of the conference has remained the same: “to impart the down-to-earth humanity that characterizes the genre of narrative journalism.” This year’s conference, titled “The Power of Narrative: Storytelling Journalism Goes Digital,” celebrates and explores the genre as it expands into digital media. Hosted by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), the conference will span three days, April 5-7, complete with keynote talks, breakout sessions, skills workshops and café sessions with speakers.
This year’s conference will celebrate the rich 40-year history of the craft of narrative journalism, tracing its evolution to the digital age. Masters of the craft, including Pulitzer, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, Peabody, and National Book Award winners, and leading broadcasters and documentary filmmakers, will share their know-how alongside many of the innovators in digital narrative journalism.
Keynote speakers for the 2013 conference include Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and author of nine non-fiction books including The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains. Additional keynote speakers include veteran magazine editor Richard Todd, NPR Middle-East correspondent Kelly McEvers, and columnist Ann Friedman along with COM faculty members Dick Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff. The conference will also feature more than 25 different breakout sessions that will cover a variety of topics, including narrative in the digital age, multimedia publishing, audience engagement, the role of photojournalism and the full spectrum of journalism (see full schedule).
The 2013 Narrative Conference will be held at the Boston University School of Management at 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. The conference is intended for practitioners, teachers, and early and mid-career writers and editors interested in narrative journalism. The conference covers print, radio, podcasts, web-based multi-media, slide/sound productions, dedicated apps, and documentary film.
On Saturday, February 26, I attended PRSSA’s PR Advanced Conference: Be the Change. Attended by students from 22 different US colleges, the conference featured some of the brightest minds from the top public relations agencies from around the country. The day kicked off with an inspiring keynote speech by Jon Iwata, IBM’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Iwata interested the crowd, coming from one of the most corporate and structured companies, by using innovative and refreshing tactics to market some of IBM’s products. He entertained the group with videos of Watson, the supercomputer that competed on Jeopardy and slightly scared us with proposed images of what he could’ve looked like.
The conference then split into several breakout sessions. I attended the Agency Panel: Opportunities in Worldwide which was moderated by BU Professor Jonathan Yohannan. There, representatives from Edelman, Ketchum and Gagen MacDonald (in addition to Yohannan who works for Cone), shared some of their life experiences and took questions both from the audience and from Twitter.
After a brief lunch complete with a visit and pep talk from Dean Elmore, we were treated to another amazing keynote speech by APCO CEO and Founder Margery Kraus. Kraus gave a gripping speech about launching her own company while maintaining the core values that she was raised with. With one of her grandchildren there to support her, it was amazing to hear about that level of accomplishment in so short a span of time.
To end the day, a career panel assembled with some young professionals and HR representatives from companies around the country. There they took questions from the audience and Twitter, ranging from what not to say in an interview, how to apply and how to attract the attention of recruiters. Inspired by their words, students were then ushered into a career fair stacked with the best global PR agencies, as well as representatives from PRSA and the Publicity Club of New England.
Samantha is a senior in COM, majoring in Public Relations.
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The <a href=”http://www.iwm.at/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=252″>Institute for Human Sciences</a> is hosting a two-day conference on the “Future of Food” on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. The conference will examine the topic of “How can we foster a global food system that safeguards cultural and biodiversity while providing safe and nourishing food for all citizens?”
Most events are <strong>free and open to the public</strong> and held at the BU Law School Auditorium at 765 Commonwealth Avenue. For more information and details, visit <a href=”http://www.bu.edu/euforyou/EU/future-of-food.html”>here</a> or contact Elizabeth Amrien at firstname.lastname@example.org/617-358-2778 or Kate Seif at email@example.com/610-420-7854.