Emily Bell's lecture will begin at 7:30 EST
The George Ignatieff Theatre is gradually filling up
Emily Bell is the director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
From 2006 to 2010, Emily Bell was the director of digital content for the Guardian.
I'm wondering how The Guardian decided on its navigation architecture. There's a lot of content on the homepage and it's rail structure seems very intricate.
Doors are closing, people are settling down...
You'll be able to watch the lecture at cpac.ca
Alison Loat, introducing Emily Bell
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Samara is a charitable organization whose programs look to strengthen Canadian democracy
The Guardian is the second most-read english language news site in the world with 37 million readers per month
Guardian site has won 4 webbys and 3 British Press Awards.
Massey College co-sponsors these journalism seminars
Emily Bell: career started as a trainee reporter on a now defunct magazine called "Big Farm Weekly"
Bell is going through her early career working for funnily-named trade magazines.
After a stint at a now-defunct marketing magazine, she went onto the Sunday observer
after becoming interested in digital journalism, Emily Bell started hanging out at router manufacturing companies...
She came over to tour CityTV because it was viewed as the cutting edge of journalism--low cost journalism (one journalism, one camera), and live news broadcasts
She first came to Toronto 20 yrs ago on a press trip to see CityTV, considered the cutting edge of news television back then.
Nobody in the online departments in Britain dislike each other--they bond through a mutual mission
By 1999, the Observer had been absorbed by the Guardian.
The Guardian's online success is due to a group of people, largely technologists, who were "playing around" with content and format in the mid 1990s
By 1999 the Guardian was ready to launch Guardian Unlimited--the red-headed stepchild of the main Guardian News organization
Goal was to be not just "on the web" but "of the web"
once you are locked into a publishing environment, there is little room to do something new, so you had to move online.
Bell took all sorts of "print baggage" with her, which made many of her initial plans arrive a little "late in the day"
But she says that after about four days, she was comfortable enough with her small group of young techies to trust some of their instincts