18th International Symposium on Online Journalism

A program of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at The University of Texas at Austin

Moody College of Communication’s School of Journalism

April 21-22, 2017

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Activities will take place at UT Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art’s auditorium at the Smith Building, MLK Blvd. & Congress Ave. Online registration: www.isoj.org

ISOJ is possible thanks to the generous support of:

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International Hackathon: Creating tools for accountability journalism to improve trust with readers

ISOJ attendees are welcome to apply. The hackathon is organized by Hackastory (Netherlands) and a limited number of journalists, developers and designers will be accepted, on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/2kwzm5a

Wednesday, April 19: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday April 20: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Venue: Capitol Room in the Smith Building at the Blanton Museum of Art

Bridging the Border: Digital perspectives from women journalists in Texas and Mexico

Special bilingual pre-ISOJ seminar organized by the Dallas Morning News Endowment at UT Austin School of Journalism, the International Women’s Media Foundation and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Thursday, April 20: 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Belo Center for New Media (300 Dean Keeton, Austin TX 78712) Room 5.208, Fifth Floor


Solutions Journalism Training

Free, public training at the Austin American-Statesman for all area journalists. Join us to hear more about what solutions journalism is, why it’s important, and how to do it. The training will dig into key steps in reporting a solutions story, and give loads of tips and resources for journalists interested in investigating what’s working. We will also explore the recently revamped Solutions Story Tracker, a database of more than 1,800 stories tagged by beat, publication, author, location, and more.

Thursday, April 20: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Venue: Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., First Floor Conference Room

Register using the following links: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solutions-journalism-training-austinisoj-tickets-32465684737

ISOJ welcome happy hour party, sponsored by JSK Journalism Fellowships Stanford University

Thursday, April 20: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Venue: The Hole in the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe Street Austin, TX 78705

The party is open to all ISOJ registered attendees, but please RSVP

RSVP here for Thursday’s Happy Hour Party and for Friday’s ISOJ Reception





7:30–8:30 a.m. — Registration and breakfast

8:30–8:45 a.m. — Welcoming Session

  • Rosental Calmon Alves, ISOJ founder and chair, professor at the School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jay Bernhardt, dean, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin
  • Amy Schmitz Weiss, ISOJ research chair, associate professor at San Diego State University

8:45–9:30 a.m. — 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)

9:30–10:45 a.m. — Fact checking: The international trend of verifying public discourse

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

10:45-11:00 a.m. — Coffee Break

11:00–­12:30 p.m. — Accountability journalism in the Trump era

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

12:30–1:40 p.m. — Lunch Break

12:40—1:30p.m. — Google Tools for Journalists Workshops in English and Spanish— offered by News Lab at Google during ISOJ lunch break

Lunch will be served during the workshops, but seats are limited and registration is required. Both workshops will be held simultaneously in separate rooms adjacent to the main auditorium.

Click here to register for Google Tools for Journalists in English with

Click here to register for Herramientas de Google para periodistas en español con

1:40–2:40 p.m. — 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

2:40–3:25 p.m. — Keynote speaker: Lydia Polgreen

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

3:25-3:40 p.m. — Coffee Break

3:40–4:55 p.m. — Conversational journalism: How bots and artificial intelligence can get us there

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

4:55–6:15 p.m. — Video everywhere: From live coverage to VR, 360, and other innovative formats

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

6:15-7:45 p.m. — ISOJ Reception, sponsored by Facebook

Venue: Rapoport Atrium of the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin

All ISOJ participants are invited, but please RSVP

RSVP here for Thursday’s Happy Hour Party and for Friday’s ISOJ Reception


8—9 a.m. — Registration and breakfast

8—8:50 a.m. — Research breakfast: Trends in online journalism research

Chair: Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud, director Engaging News Project, and associate professor, Communication Studies, UT Austin

  • Robyn Goodman, professor, Alfred University
  • Elanie Steyn, associate professor, University of Oklahoma
  • Marcus Messner, associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Rachel Mourao, assistant professor, Michigan State University

9—10:45 a.m. — 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  

10:45–11:00 a.m. — Coffee Break

11:00–12:15 p.m. — The Podcast Boom: Prospects for news organizations

Chair: Joshua Benton, director, Nieman Lab at Harvard

12:15–1:30 p.m. — Lunch Break

12:25—1:20 p.m. — Facebook Journalism Project workshop: Publisher products, CrowdTangle, and tools for journalists

Venue: Capitol Room (adjacent to ISOJ’s main auditorium)

Lunch will be served during the workshop, but seats are limited and registration is required

Register here for the Facebook Journalism Project Workshop

1:30–2:15 p.m. — Keynote: Melissa Bell

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

2:15–3:15 p.m. — 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

3:15–3:30 p.m. — Coffee Break

3:30–5:00 p.m. — Accountability journalism in polarized societies around the world

Chair:  Krissah Thompson, staff writer, Washington Post

5:00-6:15 p.m. — 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 (BillyPenn.com/TheIncline.com)
  • Tom Grundy, editor-in-chief, Hong Kong Free Press
  • Juan Luis Sánchez, deputy director, ElDiario.es, Spain
  • Janine Warner, ICFJ Knight Fellow and executive director, SembraMedia
  • Li Zixin, founder and CEO, China30s.com, China



10th Iberian American Colloquium on Digital Journalism: Innovación y Sustentabilidad en el Periodismo Digital de América Latina

Traditional seminar offered to ISOJ attendees from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

This year, the Colloquium is sponsored by Google 

Sunday, April 23: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Venue: Belo Center for New Media, Moody College of Communication.

RSVP here for the 10th Iberian American Colloquium

Note: This program is subject to change.