Location-based technology + journalism
April 29th, 2008

Shorthand for locative journalism, LoJo is the name of a project launched by a team of Northwestern University graduate students to study the intersection of journalism and emerging location-based technologies.

These students are developing a multi-platform project that depicts how Chicago might change (economically, environmentally and socially) if it wins the 2016 Olympic bid. Through their project, the LoJo team hopes to create interactive and informative mobile experiences that push innovation in journalism.

As they learn how location-based technology and place-based narratives can enrich a journalistic experience, the LOJOCONNECT.COM blog documents their progress and provide opportunities for others to engage in the discovery process.

Using the bouquet of emerging mobile and location-based technologies (from GPS-enabled mobile phones to interactive online maps), locative storytelling provides multi-media content that enhances a user’s connection to a given place. At its best, this kind of interactive media gives users increased entry points, and more control over, any given story, thereby enabling deeper and more vibrant experiences.

The LOJO team would love to learn more about how newsrooms are using location-based technologies, such as GPS-enabled devices and interactive maps, in their stories. Are you interested in locative journalism? Add yourself to their map of LoJos! Engaged smartmobs readers are invited to complete their short survey.

Thanks to Northwestern University new media graduate journalism student Ki Mae Heussner for letting us know!!!

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