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Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting a large-scale public expo featuring cutting-edge technologies for journalists.
Cronkite Innovation Day features backpack journalism kits, indoor drones, telepresence robots, virtual reality experiences and more. ASU students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend the event on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 4-7 p.m. at the Cronkite School on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.
Cronkite Innovation Day was established in 2015 by the school’s innovation chief, Eric Newton, who champions cutting-edge ideas throughout the school and at Cronkite News, the school’s multiplatform daily news operation.
“Innovation Day is a fun way to get used to ever-changing technology,” Newton said. “Some of these tools and techniques are new, and some haven’t yet been used by journalists. Imagining how good journalism can be made with this technology is the first step toward adopting it.”
B&H Photo, Canon, Sennheiser, and Sony are among the technology companies who will showcase products at the event. Faculty and staff also will demonstrate new tools that are – or could be – useful to journalists. They include:
Innovation Day also will include a contest with prizes awarded to attendees who share great ideas for journalistic uses of technology. Contestants will post their ideas on social media with the hashtag #CronkiteInnovation to win prizes, which includes cameras and filmmaker gear, during the evening. Students are encouraged to post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Innovation Day will be located in the Cronkite School’s First Amendment Forum at 555. N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. It is open to the public at no charge.