Posted, July 17, 2008
UF j-school to create “media farm” for innovation, research
Gainesville Sun
A new University of Florida center will be a “media farm” for growing knowledge about digital journalism. The school’s Center for Media Innovation and Research will train students in digital media and house a think tank conducting research in the field, says UF College of Journalism and Communications Dean John Wright. The first phase of the center will be the construction of a “21st Century Newsroom and Laboratory.” || Read the release.

This new media lab/experiment/farm team model sounds like a marvelous answer to the questions a lot of us are struggling with, including the content/technology balance. I was thrilled to read this in the press release:

The CMIR (pronounced “simmer”) will specialize in original, in-depth news reporting on issues of interest to local, regional, national and international audiences, and it will tell those important stories using new, experimental methods…..

I’m eager to keep track of this project.