Mobile Me and You conference is Oct. 26-27

Mobile Me and You conference is Oct. 26-27

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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications is hosting the 2018 Mobile Me and You conference Oct. 26-27 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. The national conference teaches new ideas and best practices for mobile media.

Faculty, staff, students and professionals will learn from experts at The Washington Post, CNN, Univision, Big Ten Network, Verizon, Quartz and other organizations about how to use technologies such as bots, drones, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-degree video, blockchain verification and cryptocurrency payments. The conference is open to people from all professions.

Early-bird registration is $95 for professionals, $60 for faculty and staff and $10 for students. Register here.

Communication staff at Nebraska who register for the conference will receive free admission to a hands-on mobile media workshop from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Andersen Hall.

Speakers will discuss creating virtual-reality video on social media; using mobile media to engage the Big 10 audience; making simple bots in an hour; using mobile media for spatial and place-based journalism; reaching Hispanic audiences; using the latest mobile video and editing tools; discovering fake news and mobile video manipulation; and creating news stories with drones.

“This conference continues the College of Journalism and Mass Communications’ work to bring the latest technologies to our students and the community,” said Interim Dean Amy Struthers. “We are pleased to host so many mobile media experts in one weekend.”

Gary Kebbel, journalism professor at Nebraska and conference organizer, said the event will examine how mobile media are changing ways in which news is gathered and communicated.

“We will teach how to make mobile messages more effective with the audience of the future: youth,” he said.

Conference sponsors include the College of Journalism and Mass Communications; College of Media at the University of Illinois; Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University; Univision News Network; and Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. Mobile Me and You is funded by its sponsors and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

For more information, email Kebbel at garykebbel@unl.edu.