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

NXT: The journey of Indian actor Saurav Gurjar in the WWE so far

first_img COMMENT LIVE TV Written By Raj Sarkar Also Read- WWE: Does Hulk Hogan Want One Last Brawl?Saurav Gurjar’s WWE JourneySaurav Gurjar, the 34-year-old who hails from Gwalior, is a well-known face on Indian television even before he decided to make a switch to the WWE. The former actor was seen in the famous reality show ‘Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega’ and the TV serial ‘Mahabharata’. Apart from his acting skills, Gurjar has been blessed with a lot more. The current WWE NXT star has won the gold medal in a Kick Boxing Championship in Indore and has appeared in ‘Ring Ka King’, in which he gained popularity as a wrestler.In 2018, he was finally approached by the WWE at an invitation event in Dubai. Gurjar joined 40 male and female athletes at a WWE Tryout in India and he was selected for the NXT roster. Since then, he has been an active face in the WWE NXT along with his partner Rinku Singh. After the rise of the Great Khali and Jinder Mahal, India found its next WWE Superstars for future. Gurjar made his WWE debut with Singh in a tag-team match against Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. Though Gurjar and Rinku lost the match, their performance was filled with a lot of promise for the future. FOLLOW US Also Read- John Cena Reveals The Real Reason Behind His Disappearance From WWENXT NEWSGurjar Singh has been a prominent face in NXT live events. He brands himself as an Indian monk (sadhu) inside the WWE ring and shows no mercy against his opponents. He started 2019 by making his presence in the ‘Unleash The Universe’ Tournament in which he made it to the semifinals. The duo of Gurjar Singh and Rinku Singh is going strong and WWE may add them in their main roster in the coming future.Also Read- WWE: Will Edge Make His Comeback? Rumours About His Future And More Also Read- Vince McMahon Reportedly Thinks Some WWE Stars Are ‘Too Pro Wrestling’ center_img “I don’t want money. I don’t want fame. I want my dream.” Gurjar Singh said in an interview First Published: 10th October, 2019 16:23 IST The WWE has never failed to showcase its affection towards India. The wrestling entertainment brand has been focussing more on the Indian market over the years. The success of the likes of The Great Khali and Jinder Mahal have encouraged Indian wrestlers to aspire for making a mark of their own in the WWE. One such wrestler is Saurav Gurjar, who has already made a big impact in the WWE NXT since his debut in 2018 and is all set for a promotion to the main roster in the near future. WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 10th October, 2019 16:23 IST NXT: The Journey Of Indian Actor Saurav Gurjar In The WWE So Far WWE NXT star Gurjar Singh has made an incredible journey from being an Indian TV actor to a WWE NXT star. Know more about his incredible story and rise. SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

[VIDEO] Watch how Birthday boy Ike Quartey won welterweight title in 1994

first_imgFormer world boxing champion, Ike Quartey, turns 50 today and Citi Sports is paying tribute to him by reliving the night on which he became the king of the WBA welterweight division of the world.He defeated Venezuelan boxer, Crisanto España, at the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret in France in 1994 to clinch the title.Quartey had boxed well throughout the bout and matched España until the 11th round when he started to show his power and durability.He set España up against the ropes and landed a flurry left and right hands to send the champion down to the canvas. España survived the count but his decision to continue proved foolish as Quarter returned to punish him further with more right and left hands and eventually sent the Venezuelan down and out.The referee stopped the bout and Quarty was the new world champion.Below is the video of Ike Quartey’s bout with Crisanto España:Quartey went on to defend his title 7 more times but he failed to unify his belt and that of the WBC in 1999 when he lost to Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas.In total Quartey’s professional record stood at 37 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw.last_img read more

Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Phil Mickelson needs ‘one more match with Tiger’ to reach $100M prize money

first_imgPhil Mickelson surpassed $90 million in prize money by winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday and he had a novel idea of how he could get to nine figures.After retaining his three-shot lead over Paul Casey on the last two holes in a weather-delayed finale, Mickelson secured a $1.37 million pay-out and a fifth victory at the California course. “I believe that if I play my best, if Tiger plays his best, it’s good enough to win on any week,” Mickelson said.”The challenge is there are so many great young players in the game that it takes our best to win.”I think both myself and Tiger are going to have a really, really good year this year.” It was just the 48-year-old’s second title since 2013, so it was unsurprising to hear during his news conference he had not thought of reaching $100 million.However, having earned $9 million by defeating Tiger Woods in The Match last November — as well as an additional $600,000 in side bets — he realized how amassing the total could quickly become reality.”I just need one more match with Tiger and I should get there,” Mickelson joked.Worth the wait. @PhilMickelson wins the @ATTProAm for a record-tying fifth time. #LiveUnderPar— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 11, 2019Woods is the only player to have broken through the $100 million barrier on the PGA Tour, the 14-time major winner totaling $115,584,657 across his illustrious career.Mickelson’s win means he and Woods have now triumphed at an event more recently than Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy and he predicted a strong season for the veteran duo.last_img read more