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Newsplex conducts new media training in Russia

A team from Newsplex, the College's newsroom of the future, journeyed to Moscow in June to train Russian academics on the concepts and techniques of convergent journalism. The Russians produced audio stories, created slide shows and shot video using small Kodak flip cameras. Many had previous professional experience and they were quick to embrace the pragrmatic approach to convergent journalism advocated by Newsplex.

"We've been doing these workshops forx almost a decade, and this was one of the most successful we've ever done," said Newsplex Director Randy Covington, who headed a training team included visual communications professor Scott Farrand and former Newsplex resource coordinator Jordan Ellis.

The training was held at Moscow State University and included journalism faculty from that school as well as from several others across Russia. It was funded by USAID through a grant to the U.S non-profit IREX. At the conclusion of the training, one participant produced the ollowingslide show documenting the week.

 

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