21st 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

July 20-24, 2020

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All times are U.S. Central, GMT/UTC -5

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Register here for general admission (keynotes & panels, research breakfast and parties). Registration for the workshops will open soon

Monday, July 20, 2020 

10:00 – 10:10 a.m. — Opening session: Brief welcome remarks


10:10 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote session: Technology’s impact on democracy

  • Keynote speaker: Maria Ressa, founder and CEO, Rappler, Philippines

  • Chair: Reg Chua, global managing editor, operations, Reuters


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Brunch Workshop: No-code data journalism: How to go beyond infographics and engage audiences

  • Vera Chan, senior manager, worldwide journalists relations, Microsoft News Lab
  • Cathleen Crowley, data journalist, Albany Times Union
  • Verah Okeyo, Global Health Reporter and Project Lead for the Diversity and Inclusion, Daily Nation, Kenya


1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Covering electoral campaigns in the digital age: Challenges of the 2020 presidential election in the U.S.


4:00 – 5:15 p.m. The New Local News: Reinventing sustainable models to make local journalism survive and thrive in the digital ecosystem


5:30 – 7:00 p.m. — Welcome Party/ Happy Hour

Bring your own drink and finger-food, join other ISOJers from everywhere in this social event. Find your friends and colleagues, make new friends, mingle and network as you would have done in the in-person ISOJ!


Tuesday, July 21, 2020 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote session: How 2020 has profoundly changed the digital newsroom and journalism as we know it

  • Keynote speaker: Catherine Kim, global head of digital news, NBC News & MSNBC

  • Chair: Robert Hernandez, Professor of professional practice, University of Southern California


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Brunch Workshop: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Newsroom 

  • Michael Grant, Teacher Fellow, Google News Initiative (workshop in English)
  • Juan Manuel Lucero, Coordinator, Google News Initiative (workshop in Spanish), Argentina


1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Journalism in a pandemic: Covering COVID-19 now and in the future


4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Disinformation and Misinformation: What can be done beyond traditional fact-checking?

  • Chair: Talia Stroud, professor/director, Center for Media Engagement, University of Texas at Austin 
  • Don Heider, executive-director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 
  • Cristina Tardáguila, associate-director, Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network
  • Craig Silverman, media editor, BuzzFeed 


Wednesday, July 22, 2020 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote session: Gender, race and politics: How The 19th will seek equity in and beyond the newsroom


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Brunch Workshop: How journalists can use Tik Tok to find stories and monitor disinformation


1:00 – 2:15 p.m. All the president’s attacks: Coping with governments that weaponize social media and campaign against independent media


4:00 – 5:15 p.m. From problems to solutions: How solutions journalism can shift and shape media coverage

  • Chair: Mallary Tenore, associate director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
  • Dahlia Bazzaz, Education Lab reporter, Seattle Times
  • Tina Rosenberg, co-founder and vice president of innovation, Solutions Journalism Network (SJN)
  • Brittany Schock, engagement and solutions editor, Richland Source


Thursday, July 23, 2020 

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Research breakfast seminar: Gender, media and politics in the digital age

  • Chair: Dustin Harp, associate professor and director, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Regina Lawrence, professor/director, Agora Journalism Center, University of Oregon
  • Urszula Pruchniewskaassistant professor, Communication Studies, Kutztown University
  • Ingrid Bachmann, professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile


10:00 – 11:00 a.m. — Keynote session: Covering race from 1619-present

  • Keynote speaker: Nikole Hannah-Jones, reporter, New York Times Magazine 

  • Chair: Jeff Jarvis, director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Brunch Workshop: Building Trust: Best Practices to improve engagement through transparency, inclusion and ethics


1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Research Panel: Power, privilege and patriarchy in journalism: Dynamics of media control, resistance and renewal (peer-reviewed papers presentation) 

  • Chair: Alfred Hermida, professor and director of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia (Canada), guest editor of #ISOJ Research Journal
  • Insights, issues and ideas on power, privilege and patriarchy in journalism, Alfred Hermida
  • “We Are the 200%”: How Mitú Constructs Latino American Identity Through Discourse, Ryan Wallace, University of Texas at Austin
  • Alternative professional journalism in the post-Crimean Russia: Online resistance to the Kremlin propaganda and status quo, Olga Lazitski, University of California, San Diego
  • #MarchForOurLives: Tweeted teen voices in online news, Kirsi Cheas, Maiju Kannisto, and Noora Juvonen, University of Turku, Finland
  • Send her back: News narratives, Intersectionality, and the rise of politically powerful women of color, Carolyn Nielsen, Western Washington University
  • Participatory journalism and the hegemony of men, Mark Poepsel, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Special #ISOJ Journal & Award announcement by ISOJ Research Chair: Amy Schmitz Weiss


4:00 – 5:15 p.m. — Product Management: How news organizations can become more audience-oriented, data-driven and product-focused

  • Chair: Cindy Royal, professor and director of the Media Innovation Lab, Texas State University 
  • Deb Adeogba, senior media experience manager, Microsoft News
  • Millie Tran, chief product officer, The Texas Tribune
  • Aron Pilhofer, James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation, Temple University, and director, News Catalyst 


Friday, July 24, 2020 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. — Keynote session: Objectivity is Not Neutrality: What is the purpose of journalistic inquiry?

  • Keynote speaker: Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, American Press Institute

  • Chair: Kathleen McElroy, director, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Brunch Workshop: Seeking New Ideas to Fund Public Interest Media in the U.S. and Globally


1:00 –2:15 p.m. — Online investigations: How journalists are using AI (artificial intelligence) and OSINT (open source intelligence)

  • Chair:  Maria Teresa Ronderos, founder, CLIP (Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism), Colombia 
  • Emilia Díaz-Struck, research editor and Latin America coordinator, ICIJ 
  • Charlotte Godart, open source investigator & trainer, Bellingcat, United Kingdom
  • John Keefe, adjunct professor, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY
  • Haley Willis, visual investigations reporter, The New York Times 


4:00 – 5:15 p.m. — How to fight deepfake and cheapfake videos: The challenges of verifying authenticity of visual content


5:30 – 7:00 p.m. — Farewell Party/ Happy Hour

Bring your own drink and finger food and join other ISOJers from everywhere in this social event. Find your friends and colleagues, make new friends, mingle and network as you would have done at the in-person ISOJ!