Program announced for 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism

ISOJ_logo_unmarkedThe program for the 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) has been announced, and the stellar line-up includes journalists from publications like The New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Post, Spain’s El País, and Argentina’s La Nación, and panels on such topics as smart phones, social media, entrepreneurship, and database reporting. Register here for the symposium, to be held April 20-21 at the Blanton Museum of Art on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

ISOJ, the annual global conference that brings more than 200 media executives, journalists and scholars from around the world, offers a unique blend of academic research and perspectives from leading practitioners in the online journalism industry. The annual event has been organized since 1999 by Professor Rosental C. Alves, the Knight Chair in Journalism & UNESCO Chair in Communication, and director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at UT Austin.

The full conference program is available here.

This year’s symposium will feature keynote speeches from Richard Gingras, head of news products for Google; Jim Moroney, president and CEO of the Dallas Morning News; Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering; and Raju Narisetti, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

Following a keynote address from Gingras to kick off the conference, Friday’s schedule includes industry-related panels “From desk(lap)top computers to tablets and smartphones: How are journalists responding to the mobile revolution?” and “Innovation and entrepreneurialism: Are journalists and news organizations learning from tech startups?,” and academic research panels “Examining the journalist’s toolbox: Practices, routines and more” and “Cases of news innovation and entrepreneurship.”

The conference continues Saturday with industry-related panels “The new narrative: How data is changing the way we tell stories online,” and “From SEO to SMO: The increasing impact of social media on journalism,” and research panels “New approaches in engaging with the news community” and “Measuring today’s news consumption.”

Industry experts participating in ISOJ this year include representatives from the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, CNN Mobile, the Chicago Tribune Media Group, the Los Angeles Times, the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, LinkedIn, Guardian News & Media in the UK, the Winnipeg Free Press in Canada, and the O Globo newspaper in Brazil.

Scholars presenting at ISOJ in April are coming from such universities as the University of Missouri, Loyola University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Oxford in the U.K., the University of British Columbia in Canada, La Trobe University in Australia, the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands, Centro Universitário Estácio Radial de São Paulo in Brazil, University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and, of course, the host institution of the University of Texas at Austin.

See here for a complete list of scholars participating and the titles of the papers they will be presenting. Abstracts of the research papers are available here. Learn more about the professionals’ panels and keynote speakers here.

The International Symposium on Online Journalism is possible thanks to generous support from the Knight Foundation, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and The Dallas Morning News.

The International Symposium on Online Journalism is a program of the Knight Chair in Journalism, the UNESCO Chair in Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the College of Communicationand School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.