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Upi reinvents itself with new generation of students online
UPI Reinvents Itself With New
Generation of Students Online
• KNOXVILLE, Tenn-- That "other" wire service-- the one
that you heard about one day in school, but rarely saw-
United Press International (UPI) is back!
• As the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) is
born this week here on the University of Tennessee
campus, it appears an older journalism player is going
through its own reincarnation. Tonight, we got a view of
that as Michael Marshall, editor of UPI, shared a little bit
of the vision for UPI-University, a major initiative of the
soon-to-be 102-year-old news agency.
• "We're finding a way to adjust our traditional values to a
totally different environment," said Marshall, who plans to
give more concrete details about UPI-U during his
presentation tomorrow. "We're no longer a news agency in a
• Today's college students are a big part of an effort by United
Press International to shift the focus to more serious
• As what Marshall termed 'a national and international
showcase for young journalists," UPI-U is one way the agency
is responding to respond to citizen journalism with news and
information that is credible and reliable.
• Formerly a news agency for afternoon newspapers, which
began to go away in the 1980s with the proliferation of
afternoon newscasts, UPI has been under serveral ownership
changes before its purchase by News World Communications.
• According to the mediaowners.com Web site, News World
Comunications' owns the American news agency United Press
International (Upi), acquired in 2000. Its flagship newspaper is
the Washington Times, founded in 1982. Other newspapers
published by News World include The Middle East Times
(Egypt), Segye Ilbo (Korea) and Sekai Nippo (Japan). It also
publishes magazines (Insight, The World & I, and Washington
• The one thing that bothered me about Marshall's remarks
tonight was his assumption that there's something wrong with
• "The problem with citizen journalism Upi is the whole issue of
credibility," said Marshall.
• I don't happen to subscribe to the view that all or most citizen
journalism is unreliable. Instead, I happen to believe that it is
our role as journalists in 2009 to embrace the role that citizen
journalists can have in our information gathering. Properly
trained, they become our co-laborers in the practice.
• What some have called the "pro-am" model of journalism is a
cutting edge way to re-shape our view of citizen journalists.
• To the extent possible, we should help those citizens who
want to do journalism to know how to practice it in a ethical