UPI Unveils Revamped Website for Aspiring Journalists

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UPI has launched the latest version of its Web site for aspiring journalists, UPIU.com. UPIU.com integrates Web 2.0 interactivity with elements of a professional news site and provides added functionalities and easier navigation.

training ground for the next generation of story-tellers in a Web 2.0 world. The new site better embodies UPIU's tagline, 'Connecting people, one story at a time.'

UPI has launched the latest version of its Web site for aspiring journalists, UPIU.com. UPIU.com integrates Web 2.0 interactivity with elements of a professional news site and provides added functionalities and easier navigation.

The revamped home page gives prominence to stories that meet professional journalistic standards and highlights multimedia content from each of the site's 10 topic categories. Users will be able to share stories on UPIU.com and other popular and niche social media sites. Using a sophisticated back end content management system built with Ruby on Rails, users can upload content and see statistics such as story views, comments and average user ratings. This CMS implements both technological and human controls to ensure editorial credibility and authority.

"There has never been a more compelling moment for those qualified to apply solid journalistic practice to the information that we find on the multitude of emerging publication platforms," says UPI President Nicholas Chiaia. UPIU, he adds, aspires to be a "training ground for the next generation of story-tellers in a Web 2.0 world. The new site better embodies UPIU's tagline, 'Connecting people, one story at a time.'"

During the last few months, participants in the UPIU initiative have had the opportunity to interact with their peers as well as with the UPI editorial team within a digital environment. To date, over fifty UPIU authors have been published with a UPI byline.

Chris Delboni, University of Miami professor of journalism and new media, says, "Through the University of Miami School of Communications' affiliation with UPIU, our students not only gained access to inaugural activities in Washington, DC, but were able to work side by side with seasoned professionals as they honed their craft."

"During the months leading up to the election and inauguration, UPIU enabled George Mason University students to reach UPI's online universe of over 3 million unique visitors and engage within a Web 2.0 social media platform," says Michael Dickerson, Professor of Journalism at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

About UPIU.com:
UPIU.com is a social media platform designed by UPI to help aspiring journalists gain exposure for their work, receive feedback from other aspiring and professional journalists, and potentially be published by UPI and other media outlets. The program is collaborating with over 60 journalism education institutions and organizations throughout North and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. The UPIU network currently exists in English and Spanish, and has plans to extend into Arabic, French, Japanese and Korean. For more information, visit http://www.UPIU.com .

About UPI:
Since 1907, UPI has been a leading content provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices throughout the world, UPI's content is distributed to thousands of new media, newspapers, magazines, policy groups and academic institutions worldwide. UPI's daily coverage includes domestic and international top news, entertainment, and sports, and is presented in text, video and photo formats. UPI.com is currently tracking over 9 million page views each month, and the numbers continue to increase. This year marks UPI's 102nd anniversary. For more information, visit http://www.UPI.com.

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