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Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication this month will host its first-ever expo of new technologies with the potential to improve journalism.
Cronkite Innovation Day, open to all ASU students, faculty, staff and the public, will feature hands-on activities with indoor drones, telepresence robots, wearable technologies, 3D printers, virtual reality experiences and more.
The inaugural event will include 16 interactive stations, where students can try technologies and enter contests for the best ideas of how they can be used by journalists.
Innovation Day is scheduled for Jan. 20 from 5-8 p.m. at the Cronkite School on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.
Participating companies include B&H Photo Video, Apple, DODOCase, Double Robotics, I Am Cardboard, RedPost, Sennheiser and VSN Mobil. In addition, several ASU schools and programs will have demonstrations, including the EdPlus at ASU, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the School of Earth and Space Exploration.
“Reading about new technology is one thing. But trying it yourself in a fun atmosphere is a better way to understand,” said Eric Newton, who as innovation chief drives cutting-edge ideas at the Cronkite School and Cronkite News, the school’s multiplatform daily news operation. “Since Cronkite News is both a quality news service and a testbed for new ideas, we’re always looking forward.”
Cronkite and ASU faculty and staff will provide information and instruction about the technologies. Attractions include:
Innovation Day will include livestreams, mobile news reporting demonstrations and more.
The event is free to attend and no registration is required. It will take place in the First Amendment Forum located on the second floor of the Cronkite School.