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    Miami design thinking workshop puts users first in innovation

    June 30, 2015, 4 p.m., Posted by Sophie Braga de Barros

    Video by Sophie Braga de Barros. Music: Bensound.

    Many organizations and startups claim to foster innovation. But do they really? That is why Jessica Do and Mariana Rego, co-founders of Design Thinking Miami, started organizing social and educational events on design thinking, a way to arrive at solutions by putting user experience first.

    From June 25 to June 27, the group partnered with Refresh Miami to host a Design Thinking for Innovation event, part of Refresh’s annual Summer Startup Series. Refresh Miami is a Knight-sponsored nonprofit that supports South Florida’s entrepreneurial and startup community with events and educational content. The weekend event kicked off with an informative talk and Q&A session with Andy Hagerman, co-founder of The Design Gym in New York and a mentor for Do and Rego.

    “Our mission is to empower people and organizations with the tools to create change,” Hagerman said. “Something we found is that a lot of organizations say that they have innovation, or say that they have creativity or different thinking and entrepreneurial spirit values. But they don’t actually know what that means on a daily basis, but they do know it’s something they should believe in.”

    Design Thinking Miami, created 10 months ago, hosts events every month to create networking opportunities among participants and to teach entrepreneurs how to reach solutions, develop ideas and execute change.

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    Eric Newton: To innovate while cutting jobs is a challenge for newspapers

    June 30, 2015, 2:46 p.m., Posted by Alfredo Casares

    This interview with Knight Foundation consultant Eric Newton, the new innovation chief at the Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism, was originally published by Diario de Navarro. It has been adapted for Knight Blog. (Spanish version). Photo: Eric Newton, during a conference of the World Association of Newspapers in Vienna in 2011. Credit: WAN/IFRA.

    Journalists can look at the future with optimism, even with enthusiasm. Eric Newton, a journalist and professor from the United States, believes that there are reasons to face the digital transformation of media with a good amount of excitement. Despite the liturgical culture that defends traditional writing, Newton considers that journalists are creative and will be able to adapt themselves, they will develop new skills, include the community in the process of creating news, and they will manage in a continuous flow of information in which they will not be protagonists anymore.

    “This is the best time in the history of news to be a journalism student. You can help reinvent journalism. If you are comfortable with uncertainty, if you are an explorer, if you are brave, this is your time,” he said in an interview via e-mail.

    As the adviser to the president of Knight Foundation, he supervised the payment of $300 million for journalism activities for media innovation. Last month, he accepted an offer from the Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism to become its innovation chief.

    Newton was recently invited by the Spanish Association of Universities with Degrees in Information and Communication to appear at a conference on “The Future of Journalism Education” at the University of Navarre in Pamplona.

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    Journalists explore industry’s future at Miami roundtable

    June 30, 2015, 2:31 p.m., Posted by Paige Levin

    Photo: Government Influence and Journalism panel at the Digital Media Round Table in Miami.. Credit: Paige Levin.

    Media professionals from across the country debated big issues on the future of journalism last week in a small room at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami Beach.

    The Digital Future Forum’s Mobile Journalism Roundtable, sponsored by Univision and Knight Foundation, covered everything from censorship, to ethics, digital media and hacking in just five hours. Digital Future Forum is a group that wants to improve the digital future of media, so each of the panels was a fast-moving, open discussion.

    “We wanted to make something small but powerful,” Digital Future Forum co-founder Tim Pool said. “A ton of very powerful people showed up, and I was honored and flabbergasted that all of these amazing people wanted to come and hear what all of us had to say.”

    The roundtable, hosted by journalist Bob Berkowitz, included representatives from the Associated Press, CNN, Florida International University, Fusion, the Miami Herald and Univision.   

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