September 19, 2011

“Managing Digital Newsrooms” is theme for the next Knight Center webinar

Registration is now closed.

Digital technology has transformed traditional newsrooms and created new challenges for editors who now have to handle both traditional and new media. These new challenges will be the focus of a two-hour web seminar hosted by the Knight Center on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with distinguished Colombian journalist María Teresa Ronderos.

The cost is $30 and everyone who completes the seminar receives a certificate from the Knight Center.

In the seminar “Managing Digital Newsrooms,” María Teresa Ronderos will help editors and media managers better understand the digital production process, like how to manage a collaborative environment, multitask and work through ethical considerations.

“The webinar will focus on how editors and website managers can maintain high quality journalism while responding to the demands of the digital environment,” Ronderos said. “We will review how to use social networks, deal with interactivity and user-generated content to improve the reach and quality of media,” she added.

The event will take place in Spanish on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 3-5 p.m (Austin and Bogotá time).

Ronderos, contributing editor of the Colombian magazine Semana and director of the website verdadabierta.com (Open Truth), which she started while managing the digital edition of Semana, is recognized for her experience as a television editor, print and online journalist. She is the author of Retratos de Poder y 5 en Humor (Portraits of Power and 5 of Humor), and her investigative reports have won several prizes, including the European Union’s Rey de España and Lorenzo Natali prizes.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was created by professor Rosental Alves at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2002 thanks to a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Center also receives support from other donors, like the Open Society Foundations and the University of Texas at Austin. The main objective of the Knight Center is to help interested journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean improve the quality of journalism in their home countries.