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Miami Hosts Conference on New Media


OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University's first Interactive Media Studies Conference on the Internet, higher education and industry will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at the Marcum Conference Center.

Executives from Procter & Gamble, the New York Times Syndicate Online, Chicago Tribune Interactive and other prominent organizations will participate in panel discussions on how the Internet and the World Wide Web are changing journalism, advertising and marketing.

Industry's needs for research on interactive media and the potential for collaborative efforts with higher education will be among the topics.

The free event is open to faculty, students and others interested in the digital future, said organizers Linda Crider and Dennis Walsh, journalism faculty members who are creating a Center for Interactive Media Studies at Miami.

The conference schedule includes:

  • University/industry collaboration in preparing students for emerging opportunities in interactive media, 10:15-11:45 a.m., 158 Marcum Conference Center.

    Panel members include Denis Beauesejour, vice president of worldwide advertising for Procter & Gamble; Owen Youngman, director of Chicago Tribune Interactive Media; Adam Bain, sports editor for Los Angeles Times New Media and a 1995 Miami graduate; Carole Walters, vice president of advertising and interactivity for Northlich, Stolle, LaWarre; and Elizabeth Osder, director of New York Times Syndicate Online.

  • Teaching with interactive media now and in the future, 2:15-3:40 p.m., 158 Marcum Conference Center.
Crider and Walsh will outline their Cincinnati Bell Underground Railroad Interactive Media Project that involves inner city high school students. Mark McBride, director of faculty development in learning technologies at Miami, will discuss his economics of the internet class. Chris Feola, director of the Media Center at the American Press Institute will demonstrate the next generation of the interactive media. The role of the next generation of interactive media--natural voice recognition, relational searches, etc.--also will be discussed.

"The panelists are nationally recognized leaders in new media and e-commerce, " Walsh said. "They are coming to share their vision of the digital future and the role of higher education. Moreover, they're here to offer suggestions for collaborative research. It's a unique opportunity for Miami to create innovative and exciting pathways along the information highway."

The conference is sponsored in cooperation with the 18th Miami Lilly Conference on Teaching.


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