Where to find what you need to know about mobile

This video does a great job of explaining why mobile is important

Join us in Nashville on Friday, April 1 for the “Mobile Migration” workshop to learn more. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Online News Association and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute with underwriting from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

We have some great speakers.

it will be at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

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Ah, mobile’s the new, new thing

On successive weeks, you can attend workshops focused on mobile and journalism in Nashville.

March 25

The Society for News Design is hosting a Mobile Design Quick Course on Friday and Saturday (March 25-26) at the Freedom Forum’s John Seigenthaler Center. .

This two-day hands-on course will focus on mobile usability, techniques and tools. Here’s a look at our instructors:

Dave Stanton (@gotoplan) is a web developer, teacher, researcher and manager. He
taught web frontend development at the University of Florida for 7
years. He has collaborated with The Poynter Institute to conduct user
research since 2006. Currently he is the managing developer for a web
development and marketing firm.

Jeremy Gilbert (@jeremygilbert) is an assistant
professor at Medill, teaching media product design. He has directed
award-winning, student-based digital projects, helped revamp the
interactive curriculum and is researching the future of mobile
journalism. Before coming to Medill, he led The Poynter Institute’s
website redesign and worked as a design director.

Free for SND members (a $300 value) and you can get a discount if
you’re not currently an SND member (join for only $110 for professional
or $60 for students at http://www.snd.org/join/)!

April 1

“The Mobile Migration” workshop is being co-sponsored by the Online News Association and the Freedom Forum’s Diversity Institute on April 1, also at the Freedom Forum’s John Seigenthaler Center. (Underwriting assistance from the Scripps Howard Foundation.)

The workshop is $35 for ONA members and $50 for non-members.

Speakers include:

Grant Steven Moise, Digital General Manager for the Dallas Morning News,
who talk about how the mobile web and tablet “apps” fit into the
newspaper’s ambitious paid-content strategies that were just implemented
last week.

Bill Tallent, CEO of Mercury Interactive, will talk about “Deciphering Disruption.”

technologies have disrupted many industries and their established
business models. While websites began the disruption of the printing
medium, touch computers seem to be accelerating the disruptive effects.
“Deciphering” the disruption is the key to building new competitive
business models. This talk will focus on understanding why the
disruption is accelerating, characteristics of consumers embracing the
new medium, and ways to build the kind of applications that will
maximize the revenues from news via touch screens.

Rex Hammock of Hammock Inc. will do a presentation called: “The Reader Decides: How Magazines are Learning What Screen Publishing is All About”

magazine industry is comprised of companies ranging from giant media
corporations to   family-owned community monthlies targeting niches
ranging from parents to pet-owners to indie-music loving hipsters. From
multi-million dollar mega-apps to dorm-room developed content reading
apps, the iPad is proving to be both a launch pad of opportunity and a
landing pad for humbling crashes. What has year one of the iPad taught
magazine publishers  that helps predict the future of screen-based

Innovations from Africa: A look at
case studies from the region on mobile and tablet strategies, Justin
Arenstein, media strategist and consultant for Google & the International Center for Journalists.

Using a push-broadcasting system for community reporting and engagement from the folks at VozMob.

Registration information.

those who want to stay overnight, there is a special $109 room rate at
the nearby Embassy Suites Hotel, 1811 Broadway, To get the discounted
rate, call Mike Henry, senior sales manager at the Embassy Suites,
615-277-4964. Only a limited number of rooms are available at this rate
… so hurry.)

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Some other disclosures Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam might not like

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is getting some unfavorable attention in a new video posted Monday by the Sunlight Foundation.

Sunlight Foundation

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The video and a related Web page says that Haslam’s move to exempt himself from finanical disclosure laws is part of  “a disturbing trend of states across the country rolling back transparency of government information and clouding the ability of the public to see what their government and its officials are doing.”

The Sunlight Foundation is asking people to sign an open letter (why, of course) to demand they stop the weakening of transparency laws.

What’s the Sunlight Foundation? It’s “about page” says:

Sunlight develops and encourages new government policies to make it more open and transparent, facilitates searchable, sortable and machine readable databases, builds tools and websites to enable easy access to information, fosters distributed research projects as an community building tool, engages in advocacy for 21st century laws to require that government make data available in real time and trains thousands of journalists and citizens in using data and the web to watchdog Washington.

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Tennessee gets a D- for government transparency

TN Transparency 2.0
In the second annual ranking of states’ progress toward new standards of “comprehensive, one-stop, one-click budget accountability and accessibility,” Tennesse gets a “D-.”

The ranking of how states are achieving Transparency 2.0 standards was done by U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs)

An interactive map on the federation’s website lets you drill down into the data for each state.

Tennessee, for example, gets the maximum positive score for having a “checkbook-level” website, but its low grades come from the site not offering much information.

Seems to be story of open government in Tennessee.

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