Thank you to everyone who attended the 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin on April 21 and 22, 2017. It was a great success and we couldn’t have done it without the collaboration of all our journalism friends from around the world!

The conference attracted journalists, academics and media executives from nearly 40 countries who met to talk about accountability, fact checking, video, business models, podcasts and more.

You can find information about the 18th ISOJ below and by checking out our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. You can also search #ISOJ2017 to see what everyone else is saying about ISOJ. Video is available on the homepage of this site, as well as YouTube and Facebook.

We’ll see you in 2018!


2017 Speakers

2017 Sponsors


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ISOJ 2017 Archive

Keynote Speaker: Jim VandeHei

Chair: Jennifer Preston, vice president of journalism, Knight Foundation

  • Jim VandeHei, co-founder and CEO, Axios (former executive-editor and co-founder, Politico)

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Factchecking: The international trend of verifying public discourse

Chair and Presenter: W. Gardner Selby, editor, PolitiFact Texas/Austin American-Statesman

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  • Craig Silverman, media editor, BuzzFeed

  • Alexios Mantzarlis, director, International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter

  • Laura Zommer, executive director, Chequeado, Argentina

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Accountability Journalism in the Trump Era

Chair and presenter: Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder, Texas Tribune

  • Clara Jeffery, editor-in-chief, Mother Jones

  • McKay Coppins, staff writer, The Atlantic

  • Matt K. Lewis, senior columnist, The Daily Beast

  • Sopan Deb, general news reporter, The New York Times

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RESEARCH PANEL: Creating, Producing, and Engaging: Latest journalism practices underway in newsrooms

Chair: Amy Schmitz Weiss, ISOJ research chair, associate professor at San Diego State University

  • Audience Engagement Editors as Newsroom Intermediaries

    Karin Assmann and Nicholas Diakopoulos, University of Maryland

  • Decoding the Podaissance: Identifying Community Journalism Practices in Newsroom and Avocational Podcasts

    Marcus Funk, Sam Houston State University

  • Managing Digital Products in a Newsroom Context

    Cindy Royal, Texas State University

  • Knowing the Numbers: Assessing Attitudes among Journalists and Educators about Using and Interpreting Data, Statistics, and Research

    John Wihbey and Mark Coddington, Northeastern University and Washington and Lee University

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Keynote speaker: Lydia Polgreen

Chair: Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder, Texas Tribune

  • Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post

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Conversational journalism: How bots and artificial intelligence can get us there

Chair and presenter: Sanette Tanaka, product designer, Vox Media

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  • John Keefe, bot developer & product manager, Quartz Bot Studio

  • Andrew Phelps, product director, New York Times

  • Joey Marburger, director of product, Washington Post

  • Travis Swicegood, director of engineering, Condé Nast ATX

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Video everywhere: From live coverage to VR, 360 and other innovative formats

Chair: R.B. Brenner, director, UT Austin School of Journalism

  • Robert Hernandez, associate professor of professional practice, University of Southern California

  • Micah Gelman, senior editor, director of editorial video, Washington Post

  • Ethar El-Kattaney, executive producer, AJ+

  • (Sanchez) Wang Jiapeng, senior operation director,, China

  • Shaheyar Popalzai, International Knight Fellow, ICFJ, Pakistan

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Keynote panel: The transformation of U.S. metropolitan newspapers: How newsrooms have changed from print-centric to digital-centric

Chair and presenter: Mike Wilson, editor, Dallas Morning News

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  • Nancy Barnes, editor and executive vice president, Houston Chronicle

  • Neil Chase, executive editor, The Mercury News and East Bay Times

  • Kathleen Kingsbury, managing editor for digital, Boston Globe

  • Aminda (Mindy) Marqués Gonzalez, executive editor and vice president, Miami Herald

  • Stan Wischnowski, executive editor and senior vice president, Philadelphia Media Network

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The Podcast Boom: Prospects for news organizations

Chair: Joshua Benton, director, Nieman Lab at Harvard

  • Nicholas Quah, founder, Hot Pod

  • Eric Nuzum, senior vice president of original content development, Audible

  • Andrea Silenzi, host/producer, Why Oh Why

  • Lisa Tobin, executive producer for audio, The New York Times

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Keynote Speaker: Melissa Bell

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

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RESEARCH PANEL: Diving Deep into the layers of journalism, the journalism practice and its audiences

Chair: Kathleen McElroy, associate director, UT Austin School of Journalism

  • Social Capital to the Rescue of the Fourth Estate: A Playbook for Converting Good Will into Economic Support

    James Breiner, University of Navarra, Spain

  • A Reinvention Through Opportunities Of Crisis: An Exploratory Exercise On Journalistic Initiatives On Medium

    Maria Clara Aquino Bittencourt, University Unisinos, Brazil

  • The News of Your Youth: Memory and Subjective Experience of Time During Major News Events

    Terry Britt, University of Missouri

  • Through the Twitter Glass: How Social Media Reflect and Influence the Political Climate

    Pei Zheng and Saif Shahin, Ithaca College and Bowling Green State University

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Accountability journalism in polarized societies around the world

Chair: Krissah Thompson, staff writer, Washington Post

  • Carlos Fernando Chamorro, founder and editor,, Nicaragua

  • Ivan Kolpakov, co-founded and deputy editor-in-chief, Meduza,io, Russia/Latvia

  • Stevan Dojčinović, editor-in-chief,, Serbia

  • Malou Mangahas, co-founder and executive director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Philippines

  • Luz Mely-Reyes, co-founder and general director, Efecto Cocuyo, Venezuela

  • Martín Pallares, journalist and co-founder, 4Pelagatos, Ecuador

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News startups and new business models: Innovation in the search of sustainability

Chair: Aron Pilhofer, James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation, Temple University

  • Jim Brady, founder and CEO, Spirited Media (

  • Tom Grundy, editor-in-chief, Hong Kong Free Press

  • Juan Luis Sánchez, deputy director,, Spain

  • Janine Warner, ICFJ Knight Fellow and executive director, SembraMedia

  • Li Zixin, founder and CEO,, China

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