The Next Newsroom Conference is building held April 3 and 4 at Duke University.
If you could build the ideal newsroom from scratch, what would it look like? We're trying to help The Chronicle, the Duke University student newspaper, find an answer. Our project is being funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the News Challenge Grant program.
Before we can build the Next Newsroom, we've been trying to address many other questions about a student newspaper’s role in its community. How must the newspaper’s mission evolve as technology and media consumption change, and how must its facilities evolve with it? What sort of workspace best attracts and prepares the journalists of tomorrow? How might print, broadcast and online media be integrated? How can such a newsroom encourage the community to engage in citizen journalism? How can a media center shape campus life? How important is the newsroom’s size and location in the digital age?
As we prepare to write a proposal to create the Next Newsroom, we are gathering folks for a two-day conference at Duke to discuss a draft of our proposal, spark new ideas, and connect with other people who are thinking about the newsroom of the future.