CNN’s Foreman To Address NewsTECHFutures Retreat

By TVNewsCheck on March 1, 2018

Tom Foreman, an Emmy Award-winning CNN journalist whose work mines augmented reality in reporting, will be the featured speaker at TVNewsCheck’s inaugural NewsTECHFutures Retreat.

The May 31 event at Atlanta’s Omni Hotel CNN Center will bring together engineering leaders to discuss emerging news technology issues such as the IP transition, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality. The day will kick off with an off-the-record technology tour of CNN and a subsequent on-site Q&A session led by Turner’s Bob Hesskamp, head of engineering; Michael Koetter, SVP of digital media systems; and Matthew Holcombe, SVP of production broadcast engineering.

Tom Foreman

Washington, D.C.-based Foreman, whose work appears across the CNN programming spectrum from The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to Anderson Cooper 360º, will showcase and discuss his own AR reporting work, planning for AR in the newsroom, and his role in the development of an immersive, 3-D Virtual Studio at CNN. The studio has taken viewers into space to study satellites, onto distant battlefields to promote a better understanding of dangerous conflicts, and has facilitated a deep dive analysis on the 2016 election cycle, among other projects.

“Tom’s work highlights the crucial intersection of technology and top-notch reporting,” said Kathy Haley, TVNewsCheck publisher and co-founder. “His presentation will engage the nuts-and-bolts realities of embracing AR in the newsroom and the practical steps needed to do so.”

Additional programming at the retreat will tackle live news in an IP environment, implementing AI for news, and the trustworthiness of the cloud for playout.

The NewsTECHFutures retreat will gather engineers who are already implementing or working with these technologies in the newsroom to talk about their experiences. The event will provide an opportunity for engineering managers from networks and station groups to exchange information and to begin to chart their course forward. The event is co-located with the Sports Video Group College Sports Summit.

To register for NewsTECHFutures retreat, click here.