IoT Fuse to Host Meet-Up on Journalism and Internet of Things at University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication

For Immediate Release

Patrick Delaney
IoT Fuse Co-Founder

MINNEAPOLIS – On Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m., the IoT Fuse Monthly Meet-Up will host an evening event on how storytelling, media and journalism is and will be affected by the Internet of Things. Located at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Murphy Hall on the University of Minnesota Campus, the event will feature four speakers covering virtual reality, drones, mobile technology and mass networks and how they affect, address or contribute to the media and will go into a discussion on the common term today, “fake news.”  You can read more about the event overview here.

IoTFuse hosts monthly meet-ups in the Twin Cities area covering various topics related to the Internet of Things (IoT). The September meet-up is especially relevant in the current technological and journalism climate.

WHAT: IoT Fuse Meet-Up on Journalism and IoT

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Minnesota – Murphy Hall

To learn more or sign up to attend visit:

The speakers include:

Alexey Furman, an award-winning visual storyteller and photo journalist from Kyiv, Ukraine, will present his work on New Cave Media, 360 degree/virtual reality production company. Furman uses 360 degrees to tell stories of people who have suffered from the ongoing war in Ukraine. In 2017, New Cave Media received a Journalism 360 Challenge Grant to create a virtual reality app that would apply photogrammetry to recreate scenes of news events.

Tyler Mason, an FAA certified commercial drone pilot and the founder of AirVuz, a company dedicated to capturing media and images through the use of drones. Mason will explore how drone videography and photography are used as a traditional and citizen journalism tool.

Valerie Belair-Gagnon, the Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. She is also Director of the Minnesota Journalism Center and an Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. Her research interests are in journalism studies, emerging media, innovation and audience engagement.

Colin Agur is an Assistant Professor at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. His research examines contemporary mobile phone usage, the social and legal implications of mass mobile telephony, and the unanticipated consequences of network development.

About IoTFuse:

IoT Fuse is a monthly meetup with over 1,600 members, focused on uniting scrappy coders, engineers, makers, hackers, thinkers and doers with artists, marketers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Its goal is innovation through startup entrepreneurship within the broad “Internet of Things” space. IoTFuse constantly strives to stay ahead of the curve by innovating and improving our own devices and perspectives with the goal of using technology to improve the physical world in which we live.


Note to Editors: Members of the media are invited to attend the event. To RSVP, please sign up at this event link provided, or go to to find the event there.

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