Participants in this year’s RJI Student Competition will be challenged to develop products to help improve lives in smart homes through news delivery.
Engineering’s Alex Johar, Journalism’s Zechang Fu, Rachel Thomas and Meiying Wu, and TSU’s William Fries created VeriPixel, which uses blockchain technology — similar to that used by cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin — to allow news organizations and news consumers to verify the authenticity of photographs sent over open networks.
This year’s event brought a new partnership with the Reynolds Journalism Institute Student Competition, which meant the projects were created with a journalistic bent in mind.
The 2017-2018 RJI Student Competition will differ in two ways from past competitions: Students from outside the University of Missouri are eligible to participate and teams may address any issue facing the news industry.
This year, students may address any issue facing the news media, including audience engagement, news productivity and accuracy.