Annenberg hosts Hack the Gender Gap for women

first_imgThe Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in collaboration with MediaShift  — a virtual media company and online magazine that covers how traditional media is changing due to technologies like podcasting, blogs and social media — organized a women’s hackathon over the weekend in Wallis Annenberg Hall to provide opportunities and spaces for women to turn their ideas into viable businesses.The winner of the hackathon was the team with the idea for Habitat, an environmental news startup that uses virtual reality storytelling. Honorable mention was given to LikelyMedia, which would use virtual reality and real data to make projections about the future and VRacity Media, which would provide virtual reality journalism content via a subscription service and supported by sponsored content.“It’s really important for journalists to explore this area because it’s growing so rapidly; it’s a very powerful form of storytelling,” said Amara Aguilar, assistant professor of professional practice in digital journalism at USC Annenberg and one of the judges of the hackathon. “It’s especially important for women to be involved in this industry because women are greatly underrepresented in these industries, and we really need that diversity to lead and to tell powerful stories.”Publisher and founder of MediaShift Mark Glaser said Hack the Gender Gap came from West Virginia Reed College of Media, one of the sponsors of the event. Glaser worked with school to host a similar hackathon in October 2014. Glaser said he visited USC last January and discussed the possibility of hosting a hackathon at USC with Willow Bay, director of the school of journalism.“The idea is how can we give women and students a chance and space that they might not get and feel empowered to be in teams, creating things on their own, and having great support network,” he said. “The goal has always been [to] get women to do what they might not be able to do under circumstances and [to] give them a unique experience they wouldn’t get otherwise especially in schools where they don’t have things like this.”The hackathon, attended by 75 students and participants and 15 mentors from the fields of technology, marketing and media who served as facilitators, started Friday night with a panel discussion.The talk hosted female technology and business leaders that focused on how women in technology and media are achieving success, breaking down barriers and making a difference.The panel included Sara Christenson from the investment company Raptor Group; Alex Schaffert, managing director of digital strategy and innovation at KPCC: Carrie Southworth, cofounder of Twigtale, a platform for personalized children’s books; Potsie Rivera, former UI UX designer for dating app Grindr; and Jennifer de la Fuente, web designer and Annenberg adjunct professor.Bay, the moderator of the panel asked the panelists, “Is tech a boys’ club?” Schaffert answered.“The world is a boys’ club. But change is around the corner. There are free coding classes in libraries in Los Angeles. Girls are already going to the libraries,” she said. “We just have to make sure that these skills are available [and accessible] in public spaces.”Bay added that women are heavy users of social media and the key audience in that marketplace, yet companies are not hiring the majority of their user base.“That’s what our research has shown as well — the majority of users of social media are women,” said Jean Truelson, Annenberg alumna, CEO and founder of the San Francisco-based company Dogpatch and a mentor for the hackathon. “For me as founder, I want to be able to build enough of that space and support in social media. I know the majority of my potential users are women. I’m here to support them because I want to be able to hire them later, or support their company and future startups that are going to get out of this group.”Truelson said the best advice for women interested in entrepreneurship is to get started.“Don’t get too stuck in just doing research, or ‘I need more education,’” she said. “You can go and get an MBA if you want to work for a major company but if you want to learn how to start a company. Start a company. That’s when you really learn everything you need to do and make all the mistakes — it’s truly a good job training. If you have an idea, and you’re truly passionate about it, go and do it.”Students who attended this hackathon echoed this enthusiasm and interest. After the opening panel, the students formed teams to come up with startup ideas utilizing immersive journalism and virtual reality.“I like the opportunity to collaborate, and it’s an interesting environment where folks from across the country, with different skill sets, different years as well as experience, just to be able to work together and collaborate on a project is a really interesting proposition,” Monica Castillo, a graduate student in journalism said. “I don’t know much about [virtual reality], and I learned a lot already so far, whatever its limitations, whatever we can make [out of] it. This is kinda like a classroom.”Jordyn Holman, a senior majoring in print and digital journalism and a columnist for the Daily Trojan, said the hackathon challenged her team to think outside of the box because virtual reality is so different from traditional print and digital journalism.“Technology is the future,” she said. “You need to get these technical skills, but conferences like this shows you exactly what skills you need and exactly how they can be used for reporting specifically [with] virtual reality — which takes people right there — that’s kinda the whole point of journalism, to make people understand. Virtual reality is the biggest gift in making people understand what’s happening.”last_img read more

Sir Alex Ferguson recounts Jurgen Klopp’s 3am phone call after Liverpool won the league

first_imgKlopp was selected ahead of last year’s winner Chris Wilder at Sheffield United and Gareth Ainsworth of Wycombe, who came third.Leeds United chief Marcelo Bielsa was in fourth place, recognised for ending their 16-year Premier League exile.But ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp took the award after leading Liverpool to 99 points, dominating the top flight.Klopp and legendary former Manchester United boss Ferguson have grown close in recent years.The Reds chief still cherishes a breakfast meeting between the pair during the early years of his managerial career. “Jurgen, fantastic. I have spoken about Leeds United, 16 years in the Championship, Liverpool, 30 years since winning that league: incredible.“Really thoroughly deserved. The performance level of the team, really outstanding.“Your personality ran right through the whole club. I think it was a marvellous, marvellous performance.“I’ll forgive you for waking me up at half past three in the morning to tell me you’d won the league. Thank you.“But anyway, you’ve thoroughly deserved it, well done.”After receiving his award Klopp said: “I am absolutely delighted to get this title.“There are a lot of Liverpool names on this trophy – Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny looks like he is all over the trophy. Brendan Rodgers, too.“But the main name is Sir Alex Ferguson. I know it is not 100 per cent appropriate as Liverpool manager, but I admire him.“He was the first British manager I met and we had breakfast together – I am not sure if he remembers but for me it was like meeting the Pope.“I never thought then I would be holding the Sir Alex Ferguson trophy in my hands.” Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss was named LMA Manager of the Year.And he revealed that the German woke him up at 3am while celebrating the Reds’ title triumph.center_img Source: The Mirrorlast_img read more

Betty Zimmerman, 86, formerly from Wellington: January 1, 1929 – April 30, 2015

first_imgBetty L. Zimmerman, age 86, of Strong City, KS, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS.  The daughter of Jack and Genevieve Haden, she was born January 1, 1929, in Appleton City, MO.  She graduated from Toledo Township High School in 1946.She was married to Jerry Mosby (deceased) of Wellington, KS, for 20 years and they were the parents of five children.  She and Robert Zimmerman were married December 13, 1969, in Tacoma, WA.  While they lived in Washington, they raised peacocks, geese, ducks, and hogs, plus had a pack burro to protect the other animals from bears.Betty enjoyed sewing, quilting, doing and teaching ceramics, and also owned craft stores in Wellington, Cottonwood Falls, and Strong City.  She crocheted many hats and blankets for premature infants through a program from hospitals.  She worked at Beverly Enterprises nursing home as a certified nurse aide and activity director.  She & Bob operated Fox Creek Ranch, then managed the motel both in Strong City.  They were gate attendants at Council Grove Reservoir for 22 years.  They enjoyed “RVing”.She is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob), of the home;  two sons:  Mike Mosby (Kay) of Haviland and Pat Mosby (Tonja) of Strong City; three daughters:  Sandy Brown of Strong City, Debbie Blasi (Bill) of Wellington; and Betty Page (Steve) of Lake Stevens, WA; a brother, Billy Haden (Ruth) of Wamego; 13 grandchildren:  Roy Brown of Strong City, Brian Brown of Wellington, Michelle Brownlee (Mark) of Wellington, Melissa Janzen of Wellington, Jason Blasi of Wellington, Jessica Mosby of Americus; Angela Mosby of Haviland, Marie Lester of Granite Falls, WA, Lori Hyvari (Steve) of Granite Falls, WA, Bill Lilgreen of Lake Stevens, WA, Kelli Armour (Tim) of Palestine, TX,  Derek Mosby of Emporia, KS, and Chris Mosby of Strong City; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and three step-children:  Bobby Zimmerman, David Zimmerman, and Loree Deede all of WA.  She was preceded in death by her parents.A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Hillcrest Cemetery at Toledo Township.  Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.last_img read more

Trojans ready to move on

first_img Without quarterback Matt Leinart, tailback Reggie Bush, offensive tackle Winston Justice and possibly tailback LenDale White, the Trojans suddenly look a lot more normal next season. “Now the question is can you be dominant three out of four years?” Carroll said, wondering if the Trojans can win a national championship next season. “We’ve done this before. I ain’t worried about it.” When USC coach Pete Carroll agreed to a five-year contract extension last week, he said, “I want to see how far we can take this.” Some might argue he found out before serving a day of his new agreement, when USC lost to Texas in the Rose Bowl and fell short in its historic chance for a third straight national title. The quarterback situation is less muddled but still a question mark. Sophomore John David Booty played in seven games this season, which is far more experience than Leinart got before he started. But will Booty beat out highly regarded freshman Mark Sanchez? Between the two, Sanchez owns the stronger arm, but Booty’s been in the program three years. Carroll wants to choose a starter in spring practice, like he did with Leinart in 2003, so everyone knows who the No. 1 quarterback is before training camp. That presents a dilemma: Booty would be a safe choice, but Sanchez possesses more potential. There won’t be any problems finding someone to throw to, because USC returns starting wide receivers Jarrett and Steve Smith, along with freshman Patrick Turner. The offensive line returns three starters (Ryan Kalil, Fred Matua, Sam Baker) although offensive tackle Winston Justice is expected to turn pro. It’s still a pretty good offense, but not the greatest in history, like the 2005 version made a claim for. And it will require a punter. But who? Tom Malone graduated, and USC only has walk-on Taylor Odegard. No recruits impressed the coaches in the summer, and USC might sign a junior-college punter as a stop-gap measure. The role of freshman kicker Troy Van Blarcom also figures to increase. Carroll said Van Blarcom would have kicked a game-tying field goal against Texas in the closing seconds, even though the freshman did not attempt a field goal all season. But next year, the Trojans are going to need a long-range kicker. Going for it on fourth down inside the 30-yard line won’t be as easy without Leinart and Bush. The lack of experience at tailback and quarterback puts the burden back on the defense, which will be considerably stronger next season. Linebacker will be the Trojans’ top position, especially at the middle (Oscar Lua, Rey Maualuga) and strong side (Dallas Sartz, Thomas Williams, Brian Cushing) spots, where five starters return for two positions. It won’t surprise anyone if Carroll finds a way to get as many of those players on the field as possible. Sartz could play safety, especially if junior Darnell Bing goes pro. That would enable Josh Pinkard to remain at cornerback, although he’s expected to return to his natural safety spot. Terrell Thomas, Kevin Thomas and Cary Harris will be the top candidates at cornerback. The defensive line remains solid, losing only senior Frostee Rucker. Defensive ends Jeff Schweiger and Kyle Moore assume far bigger roles at defensive end and make the Trojans bigger and more athletic. Defensive end Lawrence Jackson, despite being nearly invisible against Texas, will be projected as an All-American candidate next season. But more than names and faces, next year’s USC team also battles expectations. A 37-2 record the past three seasons means no one on the current roster knows what it means to lose three games in a single season. USC opens at Arkansas (where Coach Houston Nutt no doubt remembers the Trojans throwing play-action touchdown passes with a 63-17 lead) and the second game is against Alamo Bowl-winner Nebraska. Even Carroll acknowledged it’s tougher to get back to the top than staying there. “I like the burden, I haven’t had a problem with the burden,” Carroll said. “Is it harder to stay there or get there? We’ll find out now, but we didn’t have a problem staying there.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Maybe not, but right now it’s hard to say who could replace Leinart and Bush, or if it’s even possible. If you listen to the hype, the Trojans lost two of the greatest quarterbacks and tailbacks in college history. As impressive as USC recruits these days, it’s hard to imagine another Bush turning up, and even Bush required time to develop as a freshman, which means next year the Trojans might not be able to just win on sheer athletic ability. Who is going to break off 36- and 45-yard touchdown runs against Notre Dame, like Bush did against the Irish this season? Those plays didn’t get the attention of Leinart’s fourth-and-9 pass to wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, but they were just as important and prevented the Irish from building momentum. No one on the current roster is even close to Bush’s explosiveness and if White goes pro, tailback becomes a huge question mark. The Trojans go into next year with a committee of Hershel Dennis, Desmond Reed, Chauncey Washington and Michael Coleman at tailback. Additionally, USC will bring in at least three recruits at tailback. Emmanuel Moody (Coppell, Texas) committed Saturday, while Stafon Johnson (Dorsey High of Los Angeles) and Michael Goodson (Houston) are also expected to select USC. last_img read more