Panel FV14: A virtual session about technology

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Professors from different universities talk about all the possibilities that tecnhology offers in the only one virtual parallel panel of the congress. 

The TV Web has been the main issue of Luis Felipe Cardona's presentation, a professor from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Colombia. Cardona has explained virtually how in 2010 he created the first Internet transmission with some workmates and then designed a mobile phone app called Vyclone that only has three minutes pre-recorded. Luis Felipe has also mentioned JumpCam, another app which offers the possibility of recording and editing even when you are far from your mates. In that sense, Cardona considers that TV Web leads to collaborating work.

The second turn of this virtual session panel has been for Ceren Yegen, a professor from the Turkish Gazi University. She has talked about 140journos, an alternative media foundation which makes citizen journalism in Turkey through social media. Finally, she has concluded that 140journos is a crowdsourced system with his content and news shines out as an important platform of citizen journalism in that country.

Following with that, another professor from Gazi University, Bahar Ayaz, has talked about digital storytelling and journalism. Ayaz has pointed out how digital storytelling is not just a tool for ordinary people to talk about their daily life activities, but how well-known institutions news sites are also using this genre because of its significant influence on audience. In her virtual explanation the professor has compared the use of that resource by professionals with the citizens’ one. That means, how journalists make a flawlessly use and citizens play an active role in collecting, reporting and disseminating news under a biased perspective which still makes content more appealing, as it was observed in Haiti Earthquake or Arab Spring.

After that, Ceren Yegen has appeared on the screen again. This time she has presented a study, made with her workmates Güz Nurettin and Yanik Hayrullah, based on the analysis of Twitter usage of Yeni Safak and Sözcu Turkish Newspapers’, two media very different in terms of political ideology.  

Finally, Márcio Carneiro, the coordinator of the Brazilian Laboratório de Convergência de Mídias (LABCOM), has focused in the last explanation of this virtual panel on what he calls “Internet of Things” (IoT). That consists in common objects as watches, sensors, wearables, appliances and other items that can potentially offer us real-time information about what is happening around the world, even when we are away from them.  

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