SOURCE: University of Miami Knight Center for International Media

November 08, 2007 09:00 ET

UM Knight Center for International Media Designs America's Newspaper of the Future

CORAL GABLES, FL--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - The Knight Center for International Media will hold a public symposium titled "The New American Newspaper" on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The symposium will consist of a wide-ranging conversation with industry professionals about the state of American newspapers and websites and how a more visual approach to information delivery might extend the reach of newspapers in our society. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the School of Communication's Shojaee Hall.

Among the guests leading the Nov. 15 symposium will be Tom Kennedy, managing editor for multimedia at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, and Alberto Cairo, award-winning journalist, designer and assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Other professionals from the Miami area will also join the conversation.

The driving force behind the seminar and symposium is the increasing effect "new media" is having on traditional newspapers throughout the world and the need to bridge the gap between the daily newspaper generation and the internet news generation through the creation of a new model that better utilizes today's visual culture, and the easy access to a wide variety of information sources.

Along with reconsidering the future of the traditional newspaper in a hands-on format, Maggie Steber, former assistant managing editor for the Photography and Features section at the Miami Herald, is teaching an undergraduate seminar focused on the topic. The seminar is developing a prototype for the newspaper of the future and a companion website. "The newspaper will strive to reflect changing social issues in the new journalism landscape. The website will strive to offer the benefits of a newspaper in addition to greater use of the internet as a new publishing forum," said Steber.

Steber is presently spending the fall semester at the Knight Center for International Media as a Resident Professional. Her work has appeared regularly in publications including Life, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker, among others. While at the Miami Herald, Maggie realized the importance of the transformation of our traditional form of media -- newspapers -- to newer formats for future generations.

"Maggie Steber's seminar [The New American Newspaper] allows students to focus their energies on visualizing the future of the rapidly changing field of journalism. Through this symposium, Maggie is connecting the concepts developed in the classroom to some of the best minds in the visual journalism world -- this is wonderful," explained Sanjeev Chatterjee, executive director for the Knight Center for International Media.

For more information about the New American Newspaper Seminar or the symposium, visit or call (305) 284-6748. To RSVP, call 305.284.2539 or

The Knight Center for International Media is dedicated to excellence in contemporary communication and journalism practice. The Center integrates its scholastic and creative energies in the service of communication and journalism. Communication professionals, journalists, researchers, media makers, technologists, artists and scholars collaborate at the Center to develop new media models and methods for empowering future leaders of the field.

The University of Miami School of Communication seeks to prepare analytical and responsible communication professionals for success in a global society. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, visual journalism, communication studies and motion pictures, with a total current enrollment of approximately 1500 students and 70 full-time faculty members.

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