Dana Coester

Dana Coester is an Assistant Professor at the PI Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University, and also serves as the Acting Creative Director for the school's media innovation center. Coester’s work focuses on community media and the economic development potential in technology disruption. Her research examines the future of storytelling with special interests in mobile behavior and experiments in new narrative forms in digital, mobile, augmented reality and wearable technology. Coester earned her master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1993.

by Dana Coester

I sat down with futurist Robert Scoble at the Augmented World Expo in May to talk about what’s next for journalism. Scoble, former tech evangelist for Microsoft and currently startup liaison for Rackspace, is renowned for the “Scoble effect” — which in geek celebrity terms may be the tech equivalent of the Oprah effect. He’s also [...] more »

by Dana Coester

You have infinite resources, no obstacles, a talented startup staff and brilliant students: Now build an experimental venture from scratch. (With a caveat: You can’t replicate any existing models — you have to invent one.) This was the challenge posed to West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism faculty in a brainstorming session led [...] more »

by Dana Coester

We took a leap into mobile in 2008 at the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism as part of a rural mobile early adoption initiative to help address West Virginia’s digital divide. Facing a digital divide of our own, we launched Mobile Main Street, intended as an early experiment in community mobile publishing [...] more »