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News at a Glance: RJI Fellow Victor Hernandez Will Study the Impact of Wearable Technology

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News at a Glance: RJI Fellow Victor Hernandez Will Study the Impact of Wearable Technology

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With the release of the Apple Watch, the familiar "tick tock" of the wrist watch was replaced with a quiet tap of the finger, the bright light of a notification, and the soft buzzing of the smartwatch. Although Apple was not the first to release a smartwatch, the April launch of the Apple Watch marked a new step in wearable technology.

For Victor Hernandez, former director of coverage and program manager for news editorial at CNN, his next step is to spend eight months studying the publishing capabilities of the smartwatch and other wearable devices as a 2015-2016 fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

"I've been thinking about wearable technology and the potential impact to newsrooms for a long time now," said Hernandez. "Primarily from a digital content producer/distribution perspective, but also considering important consumer behaviors and how media, specifically news content, is radically shifting--in shape, form and frequency--in order to remain relevant to audiences."

Before becoming an RJI Fellow, Hernandez spent time while working at CNN exploring emerging technologies including spearheading a Google Glass project. However, because of legal and corporate issues, the project never got off the ground.

Now, Hernandez's fellowship will act as a "wearable journalism playbook," focusing on best practices, technological opportunities, case studies, and recommendations for publishers and news organizations. Most of Hernandez's work will be based out of his home in California, but he plans to visit the RJI campus in Columbia, Mo. …

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