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 panel says planning, content and format are key elements for video journalism online

Even though video continues to be an important tool to tell stories in digital journalism, the media must take into account that format, planning and content are fundamental elements of any story. This was the conclusion of the panelists in the session “Video: Cracking the Code for Successful Video Online,” chaired by Trei Brundrett, chief …  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

CNN Digital Worldwide editor-in-chief: In a transforming news industry, media needs to promote journalists’ growth

The news cycle and industry have dramatically shifted in the last several years and news organizations should continue to mirror these transitions, according to Meredith Artley, senior vice president and editor-in-chief for CNN Digital Worldwide. “All things Trump” is among the many forces prompting changes in the industry, Artley said April 13 in her keynote …  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

Researchers explore changing habits of thought among journalists at ISOJ 2018

The future vision of journalism is looking at new ways in which communities are covered, stories are framed and metrics affect different dynamics of the field. This is according to researchers who presented at the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Friday, April 13. Amy Schmitz Weiss, ISOJ research chair and associate professor …  Read More

Keynote panel opens ISOJ 2018 by discussing newspapers in a post-advertising era

When Jim Moroney, the chairman, president and CEO of A. H. Belo Corporation, asked the audience at the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) if anyone is paying for their local journalism through digital advertising, nobody raised their hands. In the journalism world, advertising has become an increasingly relevant topic in recent years as …  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