U of W explores online media (con't)

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Conference organizer Blake Roberts for the university’s Humanities Research Group says while digital communication is changing rapidly “the impact of these changes is still unclear.”

The gathering will look at who is publishing, barriers – if any – to setting up a blog or web site, and social factors.

“Does age, income, education, even identity determine the extent to which one is in the digital community?” Roberts asks.

The gathering starts Thursday with an onstage interview by Justin Langlois from Windsor’s Broken City Lab web site interviewing CBC Spark host Nora Young.

That evening Young and Postmedia’s Lou Claney will discuss issues related to ethics and credibility in the digital media.

The session is open to the public and takes place at 7.15 at the law school’s Moot Court.

On Friday there will be a series of panels, also open to the public, at Assumption University Chapel.

The first at 9.15 am looks at Diversity and the Digital Community.

It “speaks to the question of whether the digital community reflects the interests and needs of a community as diverse as Windsor,” Roberts said.

The second at 10.45 takes a look at Blogging and Community Journalism.

“Is anyone reading, watching and listening? If so, what are they reading, watching and listening to?” he asks.

And the third at 1 pm is called Pathways to Working in Digital Journalism.

This, Roberts said, is directed to students “on the opportunities that may be available to them both inside and outside the mainstream media.” will participate in the third panel.

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