Friday, April 26, 2013

#eWave: The Digital Revolution, @projo series

The entire ongoing series is now in one place on The Providence Journal site: the place for the stories, polls, graphics, video, stills and The Journal's eModule, a new way of storytelling for the digital age. I will be updating this page as the series unfolds throughout the year, with links to stories and more. Or you can visit the eWave series site.

Here's a breakdown, week-by-week. Don't forget to follow our Tweets -- #eWave Also, visit our eWave Facebook page. And we are now also on Tumblr.

 -- Part One, Sunday, April 26:
Complete with interactive graphics, an innovative timeline, a reader poll, video, still photos and more, The Providence Journal on Sunday, April 28, began a continuing series about the impact of technology on people where they live, work and play. The first installment of #eWave: The Digital Revolution is available online.

Dawn Glasberg and her family, Part One of #eWave: The Digital Revolution.
Journal Photo/Steve Szydlowski

And our #eWave Facebook page is now live. We invite you to Like it and join the discussion. And please Tweet, using our hashtag, #eWave

Along with the main story, the first-day package includes:
-- Five reader surveys about your own digital use, spending and habits that you can take, embedded in the main story.
-- An interactive graphical snapshot of everyday people's tech use in years from 1984 to today, by my colleague Paul Parker, Mr. Data himself.
-- A very cool timeline of tech milestones, large and small, from the first computer, the ENIAC, in 1946, to April 2013, when smartphones and surveillance cameras helped identify two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
-- A fine video by my colleague Steve Szydlowski of a day in the life of Burrillville residents Dawn Glasberg and her family, whose story will be told in the main article to be published on Sunday.
-- A sidebar about Dawn's personal tech evolution, which began with a high school computer class in her 1992 - 93 senior year at Burrillville High School and continued with the early days of AOL. 
-- projo social media director Pam Cotter's advice on keeping kids safe in the digital era.
-- Colleague Kate Bramson's story about a new app started by some Providence entrepreneurs.
-- An editor's note on why we decided to devote so many precious resources to this topic.
-- Part Two, Sunday, May 5:
The data dig: Researchers mine mother lode of tweets, posts for clues about what makes us tick

Looking at ourselves...
Journal Photo/Steve Szydlowski
The second-day package includes:
-- Several polls, embedded throughout the main story.
-- First responses to the #eWave series.
-- R.I.-area tech meet-ups.
-- Part Three, Sunday, May 12.
Safety vs. privacy: New technology a boon to law enforcement, potential threat to civil liberties.
Jason Wayne Pleau at his arraignment for the 2010 murder of David Main during a holdup at a Woonsocket, R.I., bank. Pleau's lawyers asked that his statements to police after his arrest in New York City be thrown out because authorities had zeroed in on his location by tracking his cell-phone’s “pings” off cell sites without a warrant. Journal Photo/Mary Murphy
The third-day package includes:
-- More polls throughout the main story.
-- A precursor to our #eModule, a new way to tell stories. Full eModule coming May 26.
  Part Four, Sunday May 19.
 -- Providence Chamber of Commerce's tech-savvy Garage.
Part Five, Sunday May 26.
-- Your Brain on Digital: Rewiring the modern brain

Tom Murphy and Sandor Bodo/Providence Journal
 -- eModule, a new way to tell a story. Stay a minute, an hour, or more... up to you.
-- Brown professor Dima Amso on young brains, older brains.
-- Wheaton College professor Rolf Nelson on the virtues of video-gaming.

Part Six, Sunday, June 2.
-- An online badge of success. The digital badge movement.
-- Another eModule: digital badges.
-- How one family with members from Denver to Dubai stay in touch.
-- Photo gallery of this family, whose matriarch is in Providence.
-- Balancing social media, and in-person relationships.
-- Pam Cotter with some more great advice.


Let me thank my many colleagues at the paper who joined together in true collaboration to conceive this series and bring its debut to fruition -- print, visuals, social-media, online, design, tech people and more, from front-line reporters to editors at the top. Folks, this is journalism in the digital age.

Technology, of course, has profoundly transformed media and the newspaper industry. Below is a montage of how The Journal and long-gone Evening Bulletin were delivered in decades past. I love the biplane, vintage Charles Lindbergh, but have to wonder if it was a Journal promotional stunt...

The way the paper used to be delivered. Photo of montage that hangs on Journal cafeteria wall.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I've never been called a matriarch before! Thanks for a great story, Wayne--lots of positive feedback from my friends and family.