Another University Newsroom Moves to K4

By: E&P Staff

Germany’s most modern cross-media newsroom is set to open in summer to train student journalists at Germany’s Dortmund University, where journalism majors already write and lay out pflichtlekture, a magazine for three universities, using 20 K4 workstations provided by Hamburg-based developer vjoon GmbH.

Dortmund University also chose to link its online, radio, and TV units to K4 using Digital Collections’ DCX asset-management system. By connecting these systems to create a shared news desk, students can edit and present content in a multimedia format best suited to a given topic. The university tasked integration specialist SNAP Innovation with installing K4 in the newsroom and connecting the other editorial units via DCX in a second phase.

At the university’s Institute for Journalism, a professor, two journalists and a group of students spent two semesters developing a model that ties the institute’s editorial units together across all semesters in their organizational and content structure. Undergraduates will provide stories and images. Graduate students will act as editors, deciding which topics will be formatted for which medium.

In phase two, DCX will interface to all editorial units. Its topic planner will enable students to store all content centrally in the database.

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