More than 400 people from 41 countries registered for the 2016 International Symposium on Online Journalism, featuring keynote speakers Kinsey Wilson of The New York Times, Yoani Sánchez of Cuba’s 14ymedio and Kara Swisher of tech site Recode. For the first time, conference attendees also heard from a keynote panel of leaders of five nonprofit journalism organizations.

Panels discussed topics as diverse as distributed content, advertising, journalism and activism, women digital leaders, bots, challenges in journalism around the globe and virtual reality. We also heard from researchers about the latest in online journalism trends.

The 17th ISOJ was sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Google, Dallas Morning News, Moody College of Communication and Univision News. Please explore this page to find presentations, videos and more that will help you to re-live ISOJ 2016.


Omnipresent journalism, digital native media, sensational headlines and the reluctance to comment on news stories were topics covered by scholars’ presentations at ISOJ

The second research panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16, included topics such as digital native media, omnipresent journalism, sensational headline writing and the “spiral of silence” possibly impacting online news forums. Kathleen McElroy, assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, led the discussion. “This is industry meets theory and …  Read More

From newsgames in Russia, to citizen journalism in Kenya, creative journalists confront hostile media environments

From a media outlet that pays citizens to report from remote areas of Kenya to a portal that uses humor as its main strategy to inform Russians, journalism faces different challenges in different cultural and social contexts. Creativity, however, seems to be a common skill that media entrepreneurs shared in addressing their problems at the …  Read More

ISOJ 2016 Archive

Distributed Content: Can journalism survive and thrive in a media ecosystem where publishers don’t control their distribution channels?

Chair and presenter: Vivian Schiller, independent advisor, formerly with Twitter, NBC, NPR and New York Times

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Can advertising still subsidize journalism? The ad blocking war and the news organizations’ efforts to create new revenue streams

Chair and presenter: Jeff Jarvis, professor and director of Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY

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Special keynote panel with the leaders of five nonprofit journalism organizations

Chair and presenter: Emily Bell, director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School

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Journalists as activists and activists as journalists: Has the internet blurred the line between journalism and activism/advocacy?

Chair and presenter: Pam Fine, president of ASNE and Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community at University of Kansas

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Friday Research Panel

Chair and discussant: Amy Schmitz Weiss, associate professor, San Diego State University - ISOJ research chair

  • The Economics of Accountability Journalism: What Price Is Right?

    James Breiner, University of Navarra (Spain)

  • "Security by Obscurity": Journalists' Mental Models of Information Security

    Susan McGregor and Elizabeth Anne Watkins, Columbia University

  • Journalism: How One University Used Virtual Worlds to Tell True Stories

    Leonard Witt, Farooq Kperogi, Claire Bohrer, and Solomon Negash, Kennesaw University and Gwenette Writer Sinclair, CEO/Owner, 1Virtual World Development

  • Interactivity, social presence, and journalistic use of Twitter

    Jeremy Littau, Lehigh University and Mi Rosie Jahng, Hope College

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Messaging as a platform and bots as a news service

Chair and presenter: Trei Brundrett, chief product officer, Vox Media

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Saturday Research Panel

Chair and discussant: Kathleen McElroy, assistant professor, Oklahoma State University

  • Did you get the buzz? Are digital native media becoming mainstream?

    Lu Wu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Toward Omnipresent Journalism: A Case Study of the Real-Time Coverage of the San Antonio Spurs 2014 NBA Championship Game

    Zhaoxi Liu, Trinity University

  • 6 things you didn't know about headline writing: Sensational form in viral news of traditional and digitally native news organizations

    Danielle Kilgo and Vinicio Sinta, University of Texas at Austin

  • Quieting the Commenters: The Spiral of Silence's Persistent Effect on Online News Forums

    Hans Meyer and Burton Speakman, Ohio University

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Global round up: Creative solutions for online journalism challenges around the world

Chair: Maria Teresa Ronderos, director of the Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations

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Virtual Reality, the new frontier of journalism storytelling

Chair: Shazna Nessa, director of journalism program, Knight Foundation

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