Category: Featured

Virtual reality has potential to enhance storytelling but logistics are uncertain, journalism experts state at ISOJ

Journalism experts expressed optimism for the future of virtual reality in the field during a panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16, stating that much is still uncertain and current issues include the skills required to produce content, its availability to the public, cost and developing ethical standards around …  Read More

Success of nonprofit news organizations rests on investing in storytelling, says ISOJ panel

Collaboration and diversity — heard throughout the first day of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) — are key to the business model for nonprofit news organizations, which can lead to ground-breaking coverage like The Panama Papers, said panelists on Friday, April 15. Peter Bale, CEO of the Center for Public Integrity, offered the …  Read More

#ISOJ tweets provide backdrop for researchers’ discussion of Twitter’s use by journalists, activists and the public

Dozens of conference goers live-tweeted the presentations at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) over the weekend, and a stream of tweets including the #ISOJ hashtag served as the backdrop for most of the conference’s question-and-answer segments. So, it was only fitting that the final panel of the two-day event on Saturday, April 18, …  Read More

International online journalists continue to inform citizens despite threats of censorship and violence, ISOJ gathering told

Brave, hard-headed, persistent, and possessed with a good sense of humor. These are the characteristics shared by eight international journalists who talked about the challenges they face trying to inform the public, said Maria Teresa Ronderos, director of the Independent Journalism program at Open Society Foundations. Ronderos chaired the panel “A global roundup: How journalists …  Read More

Compelling and original reporting are part of disrupting journalism, Politico editor suggests at ISOJ

Despite most of the day’s focus on page clicks and adapting journalism to new formats and platforms, Politico editor Susan Glasser told ISOJ attendees Friday that great original journalism is at the heart of the organization’s “disruption” of the industry. “Original reporting is a recipe for journalism that holds its value,” said Glasser, at the …  Read More

Knight Center’s global conference ISOJ underlines sense of optimism for the future of journalism

The most successful and diverse International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) to date concluded last weekend underlining a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in the future of the news industry. More than 400 journalists, media executives and academics came to the University of Texas at Austin on April 4 and 5 to participate in …  Read More

ISOJ Keynote: Washington Post’s Martin Baron optimistic about the future of journalism

During his keynote speech at the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism, Martin Baron, executive editor at the Washington Post, talked about why he is optimistic about the future of journalism. However, Baron clarified that his optimism doesn’t necessarily extend to the durability of current media platforms. “There is no acceptable alternative to optimism. We cannot …  Read More

Alberto Cairo and Hannah Fairfield on Data Visualization at ISOJ

There is no better time to be a journalist working with infographics and data visualization, according to The New York Times graphic editor, Hannah Fairfield. Fairfield was a panelist for Data Visualization: Creating a new language to communicate big data at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) in Austin, Texas, on April 20, 2013. …  Read More

Going Mobile: Challenges and opportunities for journalists and news organizations in the mobile revolution

An astute panel of reporters, media gurus and scholars from around the world agreed that although the mobile revolution can be stressful, journalists are pioneering an unchartered territory of storytelling by thinking forward with the use of mobile devices and applications to produce news. During the second day of the 14th annual International Symposium on …  Read More