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Going Mobile: How Newspapers Can Meet the Cell Phone Challenge RJI Fellow to Host Journalism Forum

April 19th, 2010

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217,

WHAT: Clyde Bentley, a mobile publishing expert, will convene industry leaders to explore the challenges of mobile technology on the newspaper industry. The two-day event, “Going Mobile: How Newspapers Can Meet the Cell Phone Challenge,” will stimulate provocative conversation about what the future may hold for consumers, reporters and publishers.

“By 2013, mobile phones will overtake computers as the most common Web access device worldwide,” said Clyde Bentley, a Reynolds Fellow and associate professor of journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. “We hope this conference will give us new directions and insights to help newspapers figure out how to add mobile phones to their publishing platforms.”

WHO: Featured speakers include mobile newspaper editors and mobile phone industry leaders:

  • Peter Barclay, Founder and Managing Director of Vaya Mobile
  • Will Sullivan, Interactive Director at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
  • Art Howe, CEO and Co-Founder of Verve Wireless
  • Eddie Alvarez, Presentation Editor at the Miami Herald
  • Steve McGuigan, Vice President of Sales for Handmark, Inc.
  • Katie Juhl, mobile manager at National Geographic

WHERE: Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism

WHEN: Monday, April 19

            Time                Session

            9:00 a.m.         The 3rd Screen by Peter Barclay

            10:00 a.m.       Getting the News to the Phone: Newsroom Best Practices

            11:00 a.m.       State of the Mobile News Industry

            1:30 p.m.         Outside Sources for Apps and Software

            2:45 p.m.         Alternatives to Apps

Tuesday, April 20

9:00 a.m.         What’s Next? A Round Table Discussion

NOTE: The event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.