Author: Ian Tennant

International research highlights differences among journalists’ methods, the precarious status of the profession and the evolution of a renown publication

Journalism was examined through a critical lens during the ISOJ 2018 research panel “Cultural change: Telling stories, shaping identity and normalizing precarity” on April 14. Academics — American and European — delved into the evolving nature of journalism from individual journalists to major publications. The panel started off with Jan Boesman, a postdoctoral researcher at …  Read More

Newsletters create meaningful connections to news enthusiasts via email

With the seeming omnipresence of news and other media, newsletters are a tool to engage with audiences in a brief and an intimate way, according to panelists at the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism on April 14, 2018. The panel — “NEWSLETTERS: How email, a 50-year-old technology, has become the next big thing for …  Read More

Top academic paper at ISOJ identifies differences between ‘news makers’ and ‘storytellers’

A study involving the differences between “news makers” and “storytellers” — according to journalists from Belgium and the Netherlands — was named the top academic paper at the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism on April 13, the first day of the two-day conference in Austin, Texas. “It’s a big surprise,” said Jan Boesman after …  Read More

Satire prompts dialogue on sensitive topics, say ISOJ panelists

Using satire and humor can create dialogues around sensitive and controversial topics, especially in countries with restricted freedom of expression, according to panelists at the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on April 14. The panelists said humor makes it possible to address people in powerful positions and hold them accountable. Satirical news organizations …  Read More

When facing distorted information, journalists must report, not resist, says BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith

If you’re trying to do good reporting in 2018, you have to push back on the deluge of distorted information coming out of the White House and its media allies, said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed‘s editor-in-chief during his April 14 keynote speech at the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism. But dealing with these institutions’ organized …  Read More

Trends in online journalism research highlights the importance of audiences and engagement

With journalism currently battling social media, there has been the question and research into how journalists and newsrooms have been engaging with their audience. The panel “Research breakfast: Trends in Online Journalism Research” was held on the second day of the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). This panel included five professors talking about …  Read More

ISOJ panelists expose ‘fake news,’ highlight tools and practices to improve flows of accurate information

Jennifer Preston, former social media editor at the New York Times and vice-president of journalism at the Knight Foundation, introduced the ISOJ panel on trust, by underlying the foundation’s commitment to finding ways to battle misinformation in the journalism sphere. Preston noted April 13 that a recent Gallup survey demonstrates just how deep the partisan …  Read More

Digital news panel at ISOJ explores diverse revenue streams to support quality journalism

It is no secret that the decline in advertising revenue for news organizations has had a devastating impact on journalism around the world. In order to continue telling stories that matter, news organizations are pursuing diverse streams of revenue. This was the topic — “REVENUE: E-commerce, events, membership and the serve for new revenue streams” …  Read More

ISOJ panelists to discuss email newsletters as effective tools for engagement and generating revenue

Something old is new again for media outlets as email newsletters are making a comeback, the subject of a Saturday afternoon panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). The panel — NEWSLETTERS: How email, an almost 50-year-old technology, has become the next big thing for news organizations — will be chaired by Sara …  Read More