Magazine article The Masthead

Seminar Explores Electronic Future

Magazine article The Masthead

Seminar Explores Electronic Future

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JOIN US IN MIAMI April 16-18 to discuss the future.

What will be the role of opinion and opinion pages in the new electronic future? Will there be a place for us on the information superhighway?

We'll look for answers and explore what we can do now to apply the new technologies to the opinion pages.

The NCEW technology seminar, which will be coupled with a gathering of the Florida Conference of Editorial Writers April 15-17, is being sponsored by The Miami Herald. Home base will be the lovely downtown Marriott on shining Biscayne Bay -- for a mere $65 a night, double or single, plus tax.

You can register for one or both meetings. Martha Musgrove, the Herald's associate editor, and a faithful committee of NCEW members at the Herald is pulling it together with the help of NCEW's Op-ed Committee, which I chair.

We'll talk about navigating the Internet and commercial computer services to research editorials and find material for op-ed. We'll have some hands-on graphics and design sessions to learn more about typography, layout, and photos as we move toward pagination.

We'll discuss when it makes sense to use audiotext on the opinion pages and explore computer bulletin board services. We'll grapple with some of the legal and First Amendment issues that will arise in the new electronic future. And figure out if there's going to be a dividing line between news and opinion on the superhighway.

And just so you know you've been in Miami and cyberspace, the staff of El Nuevo Herald will introduce you to the variety of Latinos in Miami and the issues confronting that multi-ethnic city. …

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