UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN JOURNALISM PROFESSOR AWARDED GRANT BY APPLE COMPUTER, INC.
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A journalism professor and former dean of the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a grant by Apple Computer, Inc. to develop the hand-held Newton computer as a platform for personalized electronic newspapers. Dr. Wayne Danielson will head the research program which includes developing hardware and software, training graduate students and staff, and gaining access to news data bases. The process will take place over the next 12 months. Danielson wrote a program for a personalized newspaper in 1963, but it ran only on the giant computers available in those days. After the research is implemented, people using the Newton system would specify how much reading time they have and the proportion of news they want in sports, business, politics and the like. The computer, reading a broadcast file of up-to-the-minute reports, prepares an edition giving the most space to the most important news in each of the chosen categories. "It really is an expert system that emulates what editors do when preparing newspapers. If the system works as planned, it should be like having your own personal editor scanning the news for items that interest you," Danielson said. "Apple is very excited about the merger of the electronic newspaper idea, using Dr. Danielson's innovative concept, with Newton technology. The University of Texas at Austin's long-standing partnership with Apple was a key ingredient in selecting this campus and Dr. Danielson's vision for product development. "This partnership demonstrates how leading technology developed in the university environment extends beyond the academic sphere," said Jerry Gatlin, Apple higher education account executive. "We feel efforts such as these will change the dynamics of the way people communicate in the future," he added. Danielson said, "The Newton can go anywhere and receive broadcast files. It has the capability to bring people their newspaper in the park, at work, or in the backyard." Newspapers today, facing stiff competition from radio and TV news, difficulties in delivering papers to people's homes, and criticism from environmental groups for using trees to make newsprint, are greatly interested in new delivery systems. "This may not turn out to be the newspaper of the future," he added, "but it should be a good proto-type." "How long before John Q. Public has an electronic newspaper available? ... faster than most people think," Danielson said. "Proto-type systems should be available in the next two to three years, and people will see a big change after the turn of the century when we will face greater environmental pressures on paper," Danielson said. Danielson teaches undergraduate courses in writing and editing and graduate courses in computers and the analysis of text. He heads UT's Faculty Computer Committee, the group in charge of planning UT's decade- long effort to integrate computers into all aspects of teaching, research and service at The University. The College of Communication, with 3,498 students, is among the premier academic and research institutions of its kind in the nation. -0- 10/15/93 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photo of Jerry Gatlin, higher education account executive, Apple Computer, Inc. familiarizing Dr. Wayne Danielson, professor of journalism at the College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, with Apple's hand-held Newton computer available via Wieck Photo DataBase to any newspaper or media outlet with telephoto receiver, or electronic darkroom that can accept overhead transmissions. To electronically retrieve photo free of charge, call 214-416-3686/ /CONTACT: Dr. Wayne Danielson, College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, 512-471-1996/
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