The New American Journalism Review: Student-Driven With a Focus On Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The New American Journalism Review: Student-Driven With a Focus On Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The award-winning American Journalism Review is back in an all-digital format. Published by the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the new student-driven AJR will now focus on media innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Journalism has entered a new era, and so has AJR,” said Lucy Dalglish, Publisher of AJR and Dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. “The online-only version of AJR will offer more frequent news, context and commentary and provide a platform for dialogue about the enormous changes transforming the news industry.”

The revamped website is available now in an “alpha version” at ajr.org to get reader feedback.

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Back (Left to Right) : Editorial Interns Lyle Kendrick and Mary Clare Fischer. Web developer Sean Henderson and Co-Editor Leslie Walker. Front (Left to Right) : Video Editor Bethany Swain, Co-Editor Sean Mussenden and News Editor Lisa Rossi.

The American Journalism Review announced in July it would halt production of its print magazine as part of a strategic makeover involving the launch of a new website and deeper integration into the journalism school at the University of Maryland.

The new AJR covers all aspects of the news industry and journalism, with a core focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, ethics and evolving journalism careers.

Stories in the debut digital edition tackle such subjects as:

  • The role of photojournalists in the era of Instagram
  • The rise of robotic services that use software to automatically generate news stories
  • Cutbacks and expanded Web editions for college newspapers nationwide
  • Drone journalism (video story)

More About the New AJR

AJR is free and designed to be a participatory platform engaging a community of journalists, students, professors, media scholars and communication professionals who are interested in the seismic forces changing how news is reported, shaped, shared and consumed.

AJR will ramp up production in February after finishing development and testing of its new website.  The new design is fully responsive, optimized for smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers and social networks.

The all-digital AJR offers original news and commentary from journalists, students and top media thinkers.  In addition to text articles, AJR will include compelling video stories taking viewers inside newsrooms across the country to profile innovators.

Content is organized into two channels at launch: News, containing articles and video stories; and Voices, showcasing commentary, analysis and shorter items in blog-post format. Additional channels are planned early next year.

The new AJR aims to innovate along with the industry. It will experiment with new ways of telling stories, presenting news and curating information. In the coming months, AJR will introduce user-generated databases showcasing best practices in digital storytelling along with other interactive features.

Student Involvement

Students are playing a greater role in helping shape AJR. At the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where AJR is produced, students have been writing for the publication for several years. Now a series of journalism courses will be contributing content as part of their class assignments. The goal is for students to learn about media change by reporting and writing about it under the guidance of faculty.

“We are expanding the so-called “teaching hospital model” Merrill has followed for decades and integrating publishing into our curriculum in new and exciting ways,” Dalglish said.

AJR is overseen by co-editors Leslie Walker and Sean Mussenden and news editor Lisa Rossi. News tips, story ideas and feedback should be directed to editor@ajr.org.

In addition to using the AJR.org website, readers can join the AJR conversation on: Twitter, Facebook , Pinterest, Google+ and other social networks.

MEDIA

Media wishing to set up interviews should contact:

Dave Ottalini
Senior Communications Manager,
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland
301-405-1321

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