The McCormick Foundation and WSU partner for world’s first virtual journalism summit
“The McCormick Foundation is proud to partner with Brett Atwood and WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College,” said Clark Bell, director of the McCormick Foundation’s Journalism Program. “Our reporting institutes are designed to be timely, engaging and insightful. This event should certainly fulfill our expectations and serve as a valuable learning platform for the participating journalists.”
Real-world news organizations, such as CNN and Sky News, have already opened “in-world” news bureaus that aim to document and report on the emerging economy and activities within the virtual world Second Life. The Club Penguin Times, a virtual newspaper which is the main method of communicating with the millions of children around the globe who play in the virtual world of Club Penguin, attracts an average of 30,000 daily submissions from its young readers. Both Second Life founder Philip Rosedale and Club Penguin co-founder Lane Merrifield will be among the presenters at the event.
“We’re excited to bring together many of the leaders in technology and journalism to discuss and explore this new media channel for storytelling,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “These and other emerging forms of digital news distribution offer both promise and potential for our students and for the future of journalism.”
For a complete schedule of events, visit the event Web site at: http://communication.wsu.edu/virtualjournalism.
The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country. Through its five grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, and three world-class museums, the Foundation helps build a more active and engaged citizenry. It was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charities, with $1.2 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.McCormickFoundation.org.