The Reynolds Journalism Institute and Adobe Systems are inviting MU students to participate in an interdisciplinary contest. The competition will require students, in groups of 2-4, to utilize Adobe’s AIR platform, and create a desktop application that aims to improve community news organizations.
Sites such as buzzword.com, the first web based word processor, which allows users a greater deal of interactivity, were created using AIR.
A faculty panel will choose three finalist groups, who will then be given $5,000 to develop their product. Final presentations will take place on February 1, 2008 with the first place team awarded $10,000. The final three applets will remain the property of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
“We’re trying to re-establish strong connections between citizens and professional journalists. One of the ways is through the use of the latest technologies,” said Mike McKean, an MU Convergence Journalism faculty member.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that journalism schools, such as the Northwestern University’s Medill School, have been attempting to change their approach in order to appeal to a greater variety of people.