19th 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 13-14, 2018

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

Thanks to the support of Knight Foundation, Google, Facebook, Open Society Foundations, Dallas Morning News and Univision News.


Knight Foundation Demo Day: Prototypes to Battle Misinformation and Build Trust

This is a special event for ISOJ participants that will feature talks from the winners of a Knight Prototype Fund Challenge that distributed $1 million for the development of 20 projects to improve the flow of accurate information. 

Registration is free, but space is limited.

Thursday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Venue: Belo Center for New Media (300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin TX 78712)

ISOJ Welcome Happy Hour Reception
Sponsored by JSK Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University

Thursday, April 12: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

RSVP here for Thursday’s Happy Hour



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

8:30–8:45 a.m. — Opening 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

8:45–10:15 a.m. — KEYNOTE PANEL: Newspapers in a post-advertising era

Chair and presenter: Jim Moroney, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News, and chairman, president and CEO of the A. H. Belo Corporation

  • Jim Friedlich, CEO and executive director, Lenfest Institute for Journalism
  • Sara Glines, president and publisher, The News & Observer, and McClatchy regional publisher for the Carolinas
  • David Perpich, GM & president, Wirecutter (a New York Times’ product recommendation service), The New York Times Executive Committee
  • Earl Wilkinson, executive director and CEO, INMA (International News Media Association)

10:15-10:30 a.m. — Coffee Break

10:30–­12:00 p.m. — REVENUE: E-commerce, events, membership and the search for new revenue streams

Chair: Janine Warner, Co-founder and Executive Director, SembraMediaICFJ Knight Fellow, Latin America

  • Alex Clark, founder and CEO, Press Patron (New Zealand)
  • April Hinkle, chief revenue officer, Texas Tribune
  • Christina Shih, chief operations officer, News Revenue Hub
  • Rob Wijnberg, editor-in-chief and founder, De Correspondent (Netherlands) and The Correspondent (U.S.)

12:00–1:45 p.m. — Lunch Break

12:10—1:35 p.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

1:45–2:45 p.m. — TRUST: Tools to Improve the Flow of Accurate Information

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

2:45–3:45 p.m. — RESEARCH PANEL: Future Vision: Conceptualizing community, seeking solutions and minding metrics

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

  • Summer Harlow, University of Houston, and Monica Chadha, Arizona State University
    • Looking for Community in Community News: An Examination of Public-spirited Content in Online Local News Sites
  • Kyser Lough, University of Texas at Austin, and Karen McIntyre, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Journalists’ Perceptions of Solutions Journalism and Its Place in the Field
  • Kelsey N. Whipple and Jeremy L. Shermak, University of Texas at Austin
    • Quality, Quantity and Policy: How Newspaper Journalists Use Digital Metrics to Evaluate Their Roles and Their Papers’ Strategies

3:45-4:00 p.m. — Coffee Break

4:00–4:45 p.m. — KEYNOTE: Meredith Artley

Chair: Kathleen McElroy, associate director, Moody College of Communication Journalism School at UT Austin

  • Meredith Artley, senior vice president and editor-in-chief, CNN Digital Worldwide

4:45–6:00 p.m. — VIDEO: Cracking the code for successful video online

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

6:15-7:45 p.m. — ISOJ Reception
Sponsored by Knight Foundation and Facebook

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

Please RSVP here for Friday’s reception


8—9 a.m. — Registration and breakfast

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

Chair: Seth Lewis, Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media, University of Oregon

  • Mark Coddington, assistant professor, Washington and Lee University
  • Lea Hellmueller, assistant professor, University of Houston
  • Sue Robinson, Helen Franklin Firstbrook Professor of Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Magdalena Saldaña, assistant professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

RSVP for the research breakfast here. Space is limited.

9—9:45 a.m. — KEYNOTE: Ben Smith

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

9:45–11:00 a.m. — WHAT’S NEXT: Artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, augmented reality and other tech trends that will impact journalism

Chair and presenter: Mia Tramz, managing editor, LIFE VR, Meredith (formerly Time Inc)

11:00–11:15 a.m. — Coffee Break

11:15–12:30 p.m. — GLOBAL ROUNDUP: How news organizations are using satire online around the world

Chair: María Teresa Ronderos, director, Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations

12:30–1:45 p.m. — Lunch Break

12:40—1:40 p.m. — Facebook Journalism Project workshop

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

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

Registration will be open soon.

1:45–2:30 p.m. — KEYNOTE: A conversation with Marty Baron

Chair: Joshua Benton, director, Nieman Lab at Harvard

2:30–3:45 p.m. — NEWSLETTERS: How email, an almost 50-year-old technology, has become the next big thing for news organizations

Chair and presenter: Sara Fischer, media reporter, Axios

3:45–4:00 p.m. — Coffee Break

4:00–5:00 p.m. — RESEARCH PANEL: Cultural change: Telling stories, shaping identity and normalizing precarity

Chair: Jane B. Singer, professor, City, University of London (UK) and guest editor, #ISOJ Journal 

  • Jan Boesman and Irene Costera Meijer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • “Don’t read me the news, tell me the story”: How news makers and storytellers negotiate journalism’s boundaries when preparing and presenting news stories
  • Jonathan Groves, Drury University, and Carrie Brown, CUNY
    • Shaping Identity through Innovation: Redefining the Christian Science Monitor for the digital age
  • Henrik Örnebring, Karlstad University, Sweden
    • Journalists Thinking about Precarity: Making Sense of the ‘New Normal’

5:00-6:00 p.m. — AUDIO: From podcasts to Alexa, Hey Google and Siri, journalism is raising the voice

Chair: Kathleen Kingsbury, deputy editorial page editor, The New York Times


11th Iberian American Colloquium on Digital Journalism

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

This year, the Colloquium is sponsored by Google News Lab

Sunday, April 15: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Click here to register.

Tiny Texas Podcasting Fest

Podcast listeners, creators and fans of all types are invited to join a free all-day workshop dedicated to exploring, appreciating and learning about audio storytelling. Sponsored by the Dallas Morning News Endowment for Journalism Innovation at the University of Texas school of Journalism.

Sunday, April 15: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Attendance is free, but space is limited. Please register online early to guarantee your spot.


Note: This program is subject to change.