The Richmond Register

Local News

October 27, 2012

EKU explores mobile technology

Keeping rural journalism alive

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Communication, AT&T and the Kentucky Press Association have partnered to improve the sustainability of rural journalism, especially within the University’s 22-county primary service region.

The EKU Digital Journalism Initiative (DJI), funded by a $25,000 contribution from AT&T, is a long-range initiative designed to explore the viability of applying mobile technology to deliver content produced by rural newspapers and to develop a working model for such an application.

The year-long project will involve three phases:

• A survey of current best practices of rural news organizations in applying mobile technologies to create, augment and disseminate news, and develop a working model that improves both audience reach and content richness. This phase will also address the reduced environmental impact and improved sustainability of capital and human resources.

• The development and implementation of a pilot program to test the model created in the first phase. Researchers will work with staff of The Eastern Progress, the University’s student-produced campus weekly, to apply the model. Progress staffers will explore and analyze specific approaches and processes for implementing online delivery of the newspaper and other content. This phase will include the development or use of a dedicated mobile application.

• A workshop for editors within EKU’s service region to present guidelines for applying the model.

“This is a new era in communication and news delivery,” said David McFaddin, AT&T regional director for external and legislative affairs. “AT&T looks forward to partnering with EKU, an institution that has long been a leader in moving journalism and communication forward, to help develop a model for converting traditional news outlets into next-generation media providers.

“In the communication industry we have seen an exponential growth in the number of mobile users and digital content in last few years,” McFaddin noted. “This has resulted in an everywhere-all-the-time expectation by consumers. The paradigm has shifted, and this partnership will provide guidance and direction to help news outlets in the service region and all across Kentucky to make this transition.”

KPA Executive Director David Thompson said the timing of the project “complements KPA’s own Digital Plan for Kentucky newspapers. As Eastern and AT&T are doing through this project, KPA is focused on assisting newspapers across the Commonwealth as they adapt to digital opportunities.”

DJI participants at EKU will include both faculty and students from the Department’s public relations and journalism disciplines.

The faculty research team consists of Dr.

Jim Gleason, assistant professor of public relations; Dr. Elizabeth Hansen, Foundation professor and chair of

the Department of Communication; Dr. Ginny Whitehouse, associate professor of journalism; and Dr. Deborah Givens, assistant professor of journalism.

“EKU’s Department of Communication views the DJI as a long-term program to support rural journalism in Eastern Kentucky and beyond,” said Gleason, who served as principal investigator for the project proposal. “Long-range plans include further research and development, as well as implementation of the working model by providing hands-on training with newspapers throughout EKU’s service area.

“Further, the DJI process, as well as the information and insights derived from it, will have a direct and positive effect on the educational environment in the Department of Communication through the active involvement of EKU faculty and students.”

State Sen. Jared Carpenter said the project “is a great example of how a public-private partnership has the potential to make a positive impact on our local communities. I commend AT&T and EKU for working together … to develop a creative and meaningful project that will change how news is delivered in the region.”

Likewise, State Rep. Rita Smart commended the parties for their leadership and partnership: “Technology has changed our world – where we get our information, how we consume that information, and when we want it. Helping our local news outlets develop the tools and proven strategies to meet those demands is critical to their future success.”

EKU’s Department of Communication is widely recognized for its emphasis on community and rural journalism. The required capstone class for journalism majors is Community Journalism. Under the leadership of Hansen and now Givens, the class has worked directly with Kentucky community newspapers since 1991 through community journalism research projects.

Hansen is the former head of the Community Journalism Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and she chairs the Steering Committee/Academic Partners of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. Givens is a former weekly newspaper owner, publisher and editor. Both have published and presented numerous articles and scholarly papers on community journalism.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • May 30 last school day for students

    After 16 snows days and two weather delays this winter, the Madison County School Board decided Thursday to end the school year on Friday, May 30.

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19 TechExtra1.jpg Students showcase projects in Technology Extravaganza

    Madison County School students showed off just how tech savvy they can be during the district’s sixth annual Technology Extravaganza on Thursday at Madison Central High School. After the showcase, more than 350 students were honored for their work.

    April 19, 2014 7 Photos

  • 4-19 SchoolBoardJesseWard.jpg Ward honored for service; tech center named after him

    Retired Madison County educator Jesse Ward was recognized Thursday for his many years of service. To honor him, Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the board’s decision to rename the district’s technology training center on North Second Street in Richmond the Jesse P. Ward Technology and Training Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-19 Brian Smith.jpg Berea man indicted on 24 child porn counts

    A Madison grand jury has indicted a Berea man on 24 counts related to child pornography.

    Brian J. Smith, 26, is charged with four counts of distribution and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performances by a minor.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-19 Gregory Powell.jpg Police apprehend burglary suspect

    An observant witness was able to help Richmond police catch a burglary suspect shortly after a break-in Thursday afternoon on Savanna Drive off Berea Road.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18 PackTrack1a.jpg Walkers, runners of every age ‘Pack the Track’

    Waco Elementary and Model Laboratory schools students raised more than $8,000 (and counting) for the annual Pack the Track event at Eastern Kentucky University’s Tom Samuels Track Thursday, said Kim DeCoste of the Madison County Diabetes Coalition.

    April 18, 2014 14 Photos

  • 4-18 George WilliamsWEB.jpg Suicide attempt fatal for inmate

    A Todd County man died Tuesday at a Lexington hospital following a suicide attempt at the Madison County Detention Center, according to Madison and Fayette county officials.
    George Kenneth Williams, 50, of Allensville, was transported Monday afternoon by Madison County EMS to Baptist Health Richmond, according to EMS Director Jimmy Cornelison. He was then transferred to Baptist Health in Lexington where he died Tuesday, according to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • CCDW instructor indicted on charges of failing to provide training

    A Madison County grand jury has indicted a carry-concealed weapons permit instructor on charges he falsely claimed to have provided instruction to one person for a CCDW permit and provided incomplete training to three others.
    Christopher D. Fins was indicted April 9 on one count of CCDW instructor not providing firearms training and three counts of providing incomplete firearms training.
    Fins faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of all four felony charges.

    April 17, 2014

  • EKU dorm sprinklers may have been activated maliciously

    Fire-suppression sprinklers went off about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Eastern Kentucky University’s Martin Hall dormitory, prompting its evacuation.
    Fluctuating pressure then caused a campus water main to break, according to EKU spokesperson Mark Whitt.
    The cause is uncertain, but university officials are investigating to determine if the sprinklers were activated maliciously, Whitt said.
    The residence hall houses 260 students who were placed in other university housing or stayed with friends. All were able to move back in later in the day, he said.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sixth person charged in motel meth bust

    A sixth person has been charged in connection with a methamphetamine-making operation discovered last week at the Bel Air Motel in Richmond.
    Roger M. Million, 24, Moberly Road, was charged Wednesday with manufacturing methamphetamine.

    April 17, 2014

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should the Richmond City Commission stop rezoning property to allow construction of apartments?

Yes.
No
     View Results