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Will News Apps Re-Invent Journalism?

Newspaper and magazine publishers tout applications for smart phones and tablets like the iPad as innovative revenue streams that will save their journalism by providing a new, more interactive kind of news experience integrated with emerging mobile technologies. Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president of digital operations for The New York Times Company, called its news app "the best of print and the best of digital, all rolled up into one." Others are seeing the opportunity for integrated storytelling. How is this playing out, what are the early indications? Can publications replace losses from print subscriptions with application sales? Journalism organizations have tried diverse approaches. The Associated Press and BBC offer their app for free with an interface similar to the Web, and then embed advertising. Time and Wired offer a magazine experience that includes ads, but also comes with a per-issue price. Others are offering subscriptions along with the app. In this session, a group of experts will discuss the current state of news apps, emerging trends, and the future of professional news delivery.



Aron Pilhofer Editor, Interactive News The New York Times

Aron Pilhofer is editor of Interactive News at The New York Times, overseeing a news-focused team of journalist/developers who build dynamic, data-driven applications to enhance The Times' reporting online. He is also co-founder of DocumentCloud, a project designed to improve journalism by making source documents easier find, search, analyze and share online. DocumentCloud was awarded a $719,000 grant by the Knight Foundation in 2009. He is also founder of Hacks & Hackers, an organization designed to bring journalists and technologists together. Founded in 2009, the group now has 18 chapters and more than 2,400 members in four countries. Aron joined The Times in 2005 as a projects editor on the paper's newly expanded computer-assisted reporting team, where he specialized in stories related to money, politics and influence for the politics desk and Washington bureau. Prior to joining The Times, Pilhofer was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, where he began an ongoing project in 2002 to track a new form of political non-profit organization, so-called 527 groups. The Center's reporting was among the first to highlight the gaping hole in federal campaign finance regulations, which allows these groups to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into elections nationwide. Before working at the Center, Pilhofer was on the national training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors and worked for a number of years as a statehouse and projects reporter for Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware.

Chris Tomlinson Supervisory Correspondent The Associated Press

Chris Tomlinson is the supervisory correspondent for The Associated Press based in Austin Texas. He is responsible for the AP’s government and political reporting in Texas. From August 2008 to December 2010 he was the managing editor of The Texas Observer, where he was responsible for redesigning the website and making the organization a 21st century publication. He also supervised development of the Observer’s iPad app and mobile website. Prior to joining the Observer, he was an international investigative reporter for the AP from 2007-2009. He served as the AP’s East Africa bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya from 2004 to 2007 and was responsible for text, photo and television coverage from14 countries. He was appointed East Africa correspondent in 2000. Tomlinson is a Fellow in Journalism at the Robert Strauss Center for International Studies and Law at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Jon Lebkowsky Chief Digital Officer Plutopia Productions

Chief Digital Officer of Plutopia Productions, Executive Editor of the Plutopia News Network, and President of EFF-Austin. Jon has been a technology developer, writer, editor, and activist for two decades, and is well known as a forward-looking pioneer of the Internet and technoculture. He is president of EFF-Austin and co-editor of the book Extreme Democracy.

Katharine Jarmul N/A

Niran Babalola Dir of Technology The Texas Tribune

Niran Babalola is the Director of Technology at The Texas Tribune, a non-profit, online, news organization where he and the rest of the tech team build the award-winning, the content management system that powers it, and news applications that help Texans make sense of their government. If that sounds like interesting work that you'd like to do, then you're in luck. The Texas Tribune is hiring developers:


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