Consortium idea leads RJI iPad/E-reader symposium discussion on final day

U.S., Korean and Japanese news-industry strategists wrapup up today three days in Missouri to assess the impact of the soon-to-be-launched Apple iPad on the news business — and on the fast-changing “E-reader” marketplace. On Monday, they considered the possibility of forming a news-industry consortium, and that idea is on the agenda today.

It’s been the spring meeting of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Digital Publishing Alliance. The day-and-a-half symposium will be videocast live and there will be a running text commentary to which viewers and contribute — and even ask questions.

“Disrupting and Morphing the News: Tablets, E-Readers and the iPad,” will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST (10 a.m.-6 p.m. EST on Monday, March 8, and from 9 a.m. to noon CST (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) on Tuesday, March 9. The presentation-and-discussion formatted event will take place in the Fred W. Smith Forum at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

To watch the video and the narrative commentary, point your browser to If commenting on Twitter, append the hash tag “#dpa10” to your tweet. Tweets with that tag will be incorporated into the narrative at the discretion of the moderator, Reynolds Fellow Bill Densmore. You can also read CircLab Inc.’s Martin Langeveld on publisher strategies for the iPad.

Besides researchers and staff of the Reynolds Institute and the university, among other participants are representations from The Washington Post, the Denver Post, the Toledo Blade, CircLabs Inc., iRexUSA, the New York Times, the Detroit News, Plastic Logic, the Nieman Foundation, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Morris Communications, Kruger, the Detroit Media Partnership, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Newspaper Association of America, Chung Ang University (Korea), The Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan), Investigative Reporters and Editors, Woodruff Sweltzer, Page Foundry, the Evansville Courier Press, the Poynter Institute, the Medill School of Journalism, Lbre Digital, the Los Angeles times< Cox media Group, USA Today, the [Memphis] Commercial Appeal, the National Newspaper Association, The Associated Press and the Columbia Daily Tribune.

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