Listen to Mary Newsom’s “The information Superhighway: Urban Renewal or Neighborhood Destruction?” talk at IDEA 2009

As a long-time practitioner of daily newspaper journalism who sees the economic model of the newspaper industry sinking (and broadcast journalism isn’t in much better shape), Mary looks into what will happen to cities if/when the mass media splinter. With all of the “new media” journalism: the emerging trends of crowd-sourcing, blogging, YouTube, Twitter and the general explosion of information available to people, this makes virtually anyone, a potential journalist. What are the implications for information, and for the dependability of that information?


Mary Newsom is a columnist, blogger and editorial board member at the Charlotte Observer, the largest daily newspaper in North Carolina. An expert on city and regional growth and urban design, she spent the 2007-08 academic year as a Nieman Fellow studying at Harvard University. From 2005-06 she was a fellow in the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Mary is a member of the Citistates Group, a team of writers, researchers and practitioners focused on the economic, environmental and social challenges facing metropolitan regions. She was a founding member of the nonprofit discussion groups Civic By Design and the Charlotte Urban Forum.

via IDEA 2009 – Day 1 – Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design.

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.