FuJo project to investigate the future for ‘journos’ and ‘mojos’

DCU media research institute will provide ‘space for innovation’ in journalism

Minister for Communications Alex White will launch ‘FuJo’, the Institute of Future Media and Journalism, at DCU next month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Alex White will launch ‘FuJo’, the Institute of Future Media and Journalism, at DCU next month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

 

Journalists are “journos”. Journos who file stories and shoot video on their mobiles are sometimes called “mojos”. But what do you call the Institute of Future Media and Journalism for short? At Dublin City University, where the new institute is based, they are going with “FuJo”.

The initiative, led by Dr Jane Suiter, a political scientist and former economics editor with The Irish Times, is designed to “provide space for innovation and experimentation” in journalism research. It will be done in collaboration with the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, a cross-university body established in 2013 with the benefit of €75 million in Science Foundation Ireland funding.

Editors and executives from Irish newspapers, digital media groups and broadcasters have been invited to an event on June 23rd called Shaping Journalism’s Future. This will be the official launch of FuJo and will include an address by a former RTÉ radio producer by the name of Alex White, who is now perhaps better known as the Minister for Communications.