Top digital journalists, innovators and researchers from universities and news organizations across the nation will lead this year’s MobileMe&You conference, which is set for Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

MobileMe&You 2019 is a journalism and technology conference focused on storytelling on mobile media platforms while highlighting new and innovative techniques and best practices for newsgathering.

The presenters, who include journalists from newsrooms such as CNN, Quartz, Univision and USA Today, will talk about informing and engaging new audiences in the mobile era. They will cover a variety of techniques and reporting tools, including bots, drones, augmented reality, virtual reality, 360 video and mobile platforms.

Speakers also will discuss geographically targeted place-based messaging and audience engagement.

This year’s conference will feature demonstrations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, which is co-hosting the conference. The first major commercial web browser, Mosaic, was developed at the NCSA.

Organized by Donna Cox, director of the center’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory and the Illinois Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media Institute (eDream), she and her collaborators have created cinematic virtual tours through astrophysics, earth sciences, engineering and other data domains. The laboratory’s work is shared through venues such as international digital-dome museum shows, high-definition documentary television programs and IMAX movies.

Among this year’s speakers:

● Tamar Charney, National Public Radio
● Paul Cheung, Knight Foundation
● Stephanie Clary, CNN Worldwide
● Darrell Hoemann, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
● Mark Husley, Big Ten Network
● Yusuf Omar, Hashtag Our Stories
● Dan Pacheco, Syracuse University
● Robert Scheer, Indianapolis Star
● Ray Soto, USA Today 
● Almudena Toral, Univision
● Amy Schmitz Weiss, San Diego State University
● Emily Withrow, Quartz Bot Studio

Since its inception in 2015, MobileMe&You has helped more than 700 journalists and students learn how to better use mobile and digital tools in reporting.


Catch up on sessions from the 2017 conference here.

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