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Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University and the Sheraton Palo Alto

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Sunday, October 18 • 11:00am - 4:00pm
Digital Showcase exhibition

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Digital Showcase features innovative startups, organizations and individuals providing research, consulting, software and other services to transform newsrooms through digital storytelling, culture change and audience engagement. 

Find some time to go around each table and learn what these exhibitions offer! Here is a preview: 

Gus D’Angelo – Comigama Interactive Comics

Gus D’Angelo is founder of Comigama Interactive Comics. Gus is a former editorial artist for The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle and games animator at TinyCo and Google. Comigama is a digital production studio and mobile-first platform for highly engaging, editorial interactives that blend traditional editorial cartoons and comic strips with mini-games. D'Angelo started building “Comigama” as a 2014 JSK fellow at Stanford University.

Comigama has recently produced custom content for Al Jazeera, Sierra Magazine and DailyKos. Our interactive “comic/games” integrate into sites as easily as YouTube videos and play across web browsers and mobile devices.

Much like how traditional comics syndicates supported a newspaper’s business goals, Comigama’s products are highly entertaining vehicles designed to work with today’s digital news organizations to increase audience and revenue.

Ann Grimes – Brown Institute for Media Innovation

Ann Grimes is the associate director and an affiliated faculty member of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation in the School of Engineering. In addition, she is a former staff writer and editor for The Wall Street Journal where she covered technology and business.

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation is a collaborative effort between Stanford and Columbia Universities, designed to encourage and support new endeavors in media innovation. Stanford’s focus is on media technology, and the Institute is anchored in the School of Engineering. Columbia’s focus is on content, and the Institute is anchored in the Graduate School of Journalism.

Once a year, the Institute invites the Columbia and Stanford communities to submit proposals for Magic Grants. We look for ideas that are original and have the potential to bring true innovation to the media world.

Typically, a Magic Grant supports a small team of graduate students or postgraduates who implement a prototype or create an innovative media product. Successful projects might continue as business ventures or industry (and ASNE member) partnerships outside the universities.

Vikki Porter and Michele McLellan – Knight Digital Media Center

Vikki Porter, a veteran news executive and digital transformation expert, is executive director of the Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenberg. Michele McLellan, an expert in leadership and organizational culture change, is senior program consultant at KDMC.

Culture change. Transformation. Innovation.  The Knight Digital Media Center has a 10-year proven record of helping top news executives and organizations turn those 21st century buzz words into attainable reality.

Now KDMC offers a proven process to speed digital transformation of legacy newsrooms, enabling them to better engage their audiences on digital and social platforms. The recently published "Digital Leads: 10 Keys to Newsroom Transformation" details the KDMC process applied at the Journal Media Group newsrooms.

Under its unique “learning partnership," KDMC provides customized consultative services, coaching and strategic training that helps local newsrooms become vital news providers in the digital age.

David Sarno – Lighthaus

David Sarno runs San Francisco-based Lighthaus and is a former technology journalist at the Los Angeles Times with degrees in computer science and creative writing.

Lighthaus uses interactive, videogame-like graphics to help tell stories in news, education and healthcare. We like to say that an interactive graphic can be worth a thousand pictures.

Over the last 40 years, the videogame industry has gone from Pong, two dots and a line sliding across a screen, to huge, beautiful, living worlds that can manifest just about any fantasy. 

Lighthaus takes these powerful storytelling tools and aims them at reality: allowing the reader to explore the inside of the human body, great events in history or the underground workings of an oil tanker. We are at the nexus of journalism, technology and storytelling.

Samaruddin Stewart – Verified Pixel Project

Samaruddin Stewart is a journalist and media technologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the co-founder and project lead for the grant-funded Verified Pixel Project.

When breaking news happens, there’s likely going to be a photograph or video of it. That sheer fact has opened up new opportunities for news media. More people are taking newsworthy visuals and sharing them with social networks and directly with news organizations, providing valuable information and context to news events.

The increase in available visuals has led to a concurrent rise in manipulated or misrepresented images intended to deceive or sway opinion. From the recent earthquake in Nepal, the Baltimore riots and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, we’ve seen visuals that were meant to misrepresent, manipulate, and misinform.

The Verified Pixel Project has built a beta service that has unified several popular existing image verification tests in one workflow tool. Our unique technical approach will help demystify the image verification process, allow it to scale to demand, and open up verification capability to a larger and broader audience. 

Anh Hoà Truong – Virtual Reality journalism

Anh Hoà Truong is a journalist and a consultant of Virtual Reality, working with newsrooms including Le Figaro in France and with organizations like MediaX at Stanford University.

Never before has Virtual Reality felt so real. Just a few years ago, it was a tech fans’ dream. Now, with a $10 Google Cardboard headset, everybody can experience this immersive medium.

As the big tech companies are getting into the act, VR will soon be everywhere, from our smartphones to our living rooms. VR provides newsrooms with a powerful new set of tools to create informative, engaging features for their users.

Virtual Reality pieces allow users to live the story in an intimate, visceral way, as though they were at the center of the scene as it unfolds around them.


Sunday October 18, 2015 11:00am - 4:00pm PDT
Main lobby outside Berg Hall Li Ka Shing Center