The University of Miami‘s Knight Center for International Media named its two chairs this morning:
Joe Treaster (left) formerly of The New York Times, and Rich Beckman formerly (right),of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Their appointment comes almost one year after the Knight Foundation announced a $10 million grant to the school.
Here is the UM press release, here is a letter from the NYT’s business editor and below is a video of the press conference:
We’re on our first deadline of the semester, so I’ll add more to this post after we finish. Stay tuned.
UPDATE, Jan. 17 @ 9:58 P.M.: Both of these guys look like great additions to the School of Comm. Their words at press conference were very encouraging.
Check out two of Beckman’s projects from when he was head of visual communications at UNC:
The Ancient Way (about elders in Galicia, Spain)
ChiloÃ© Stories (about language of native people on Chiloe Island, Chile)
â€œWe could all use a little change.â€
I like the general concept because I never carry change either and still enjoy holding a paper in my hands.
Going out on this limb even further (and assuming these boxes are powered), why not have a blank below-the-fold? That way, when you purchase the paper, it prints the latest news in brief while you still have your main dayâ€™s news/feature above-the-fold and all the inside content.
Or even a news kiosk that prints tab or 8.5Ã—11 papers on-demand with ALL the latest news. This would be the drunken love-child of an old newsstand and El Paisâ€™ 24 horas (elpais.com/24horas).
Stay with me for a minute. Youâ€™d have these strategically placed in high-traffic areas, such as metro and bus stations, government centers, shopping malls, business districts, etc.
It may not the most practical idea, but itâ€™s a good marriage of portability and timeliness. I donâ€™t mind reading news on my smartphone, but I think a lot of people would prefer this kind of product on-the-go. You could print it with at what ever size font you want and even customize what you want to read. Donâ€™t read sports? Double your business section. Like pictures? Print photo stories.
How about the ultimate one-stop-shop: It dispenses coffee or tea for another buck. Heck, throw in a muffin.
Iâ€™ll stop these mutterings for now. Any thoughts or suggestions for this hair-brained scheme?