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Outside Learning: Research Presentation

Right after the break, this may be the last opportunity for an outside learning event.

Please mark your calendars for 8:15 a.m., Nov. 27. That’s when Bart Wojdynski, a candidate for our faculty position in journalism, will present “Technological variables and effects of online multimedia news” in the Drewry Room.

His abstract: “The past 15 years have seen not only marked changes in the scope of news sources and their dissemination practices, but also in when, where, how, and how often consumers interact with digital information. In an era in which the stream of information is as wide as it has ever been, this talk will examine the impact of several characteristics that are endemic to the world of digital mediated messages, and that vary widely within it. Chiefly, the focus will be on how customization, navigability, and interactivity influence our exposure to information, the attention, we devote to it, and, ultimately, the way we think and feel about it.”

Dr. Wojdynski is in his second year as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and has professional experience in web content development and research.


Outside Learning: Storytelling

See below, due in by Thursday afternoon.

Tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 15, Noon
Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building, Room 285

Four prominent Grady College authors will share their thoughts and perspectives on the craft of storytelling on Thursday, Nov. 15. The book symposium and lunch are free and open to the public.

Chris Dixon (ABJ ’89; MA ’92) is the author of “Ghost Wave: The Story of the Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth”. The founding online editor of Surfer, Dixon has written for various publications, including The New York Times, Outside and Men’s Journal.

Glen Finland (ABJ ’74) is the author of the acclaimed family memoir “Next Stop” and a prominent autism advocate. A former TV news reporter, she is a freelance writer for multiple publications, including The Washington Post and Family Circle.

Mark Schlabach (ABJ ’96) is the author of “Heisman, The Man Behind the Trophy” and lead college football reporter with He spent nine years covering University of Georgia athletics, the National Football League and NASCAR at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before covering college athletics at The Washington Post.

Steve Sears (ABJ ’90) is senior editor and columnist with Barron’s and the author of “The Indomitable Investor: Why a Few Succeed in the Stock Market When Everyone Else Fails.” He pens the “Striking Price” column, which focuses on options trading and investment trends.