MU journalism fellow to create digital paper

Sunday, August 22, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:38 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Missouri School of Journalism has named the inaugural visiting fellow of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Roger Fidler, an author and former professor at Kent State University, plans to launch the world’s first live digital newspaper edition through the Columbia Missourian, according to a statement from the journalism school.

In 1981, Fidler began developing the Kent Format for portable flat-panel reading devices called tablets, the statement said. The format blends characteristics of printed newspapers with the hypermedia features of the Web.

“We don’t have definitive answers as to how many people need to be dedicated to this task, what kind of training they may need or what ancillary factors might need to be considered,” Fidler said in the statement.

The Reynolds Institute is a new center at the journalism school made possible by a $31 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, based in Las Vegas, Nev. The institute will focus on advanced studies of journalism and its role in democratic societies. Its physical facilities are scheduled to open in 2007.

Launch of the live digital newspaper is anticipated next spring.

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