23rd International Symposium on Online Journalism

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

April 1-2, 2022

Venue: Zlotnik Family Ballroom at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, University of Texas at Austin

Thanks to our sponsors:

Knight Foundation

Here is the #ISOJ2022 program.  See the day-by-day schedule below or all days together here

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

This schedule is subject to change. Come back to this page for updates.

Friday, April 1, 2022

7:30a - 8:30a

Registration & Breakfast

8:30a - 8:45a

Welcome Session

ISOJ Emcee: Speakers
  • Rosental Alves, ISOJ founder and chair, School of Journalism and Media, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jay Bernhardt, dean, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin
  • Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
8:45a - 10:00a

Opening panel: Coming of Age: Nonprofit online journalism attracts big investments and creates sustainable models

  • Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO, The Texas Tribune
10:00a - 10:45a

Keynote session: Challenges and opportunities for journalism in times of crises, disinformation and digital disruption

Keynote speaker: Chair
  • Kathleen McElroy, director, Moody College’s School of Journalism and Media, University of Texas at Austin
10:45a - 11:00a

Coffee Break

11:00a - 12:15p

Panel: Hype or not, how and when will web3 (blockchain/NFTs) and metaverse (AR/VR/XR) impact journalism?

  • Emily Bell, professor & director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School
  • Ian Bogost, professor and director, film & media studies,, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Maria Bustillos, editor-in-chief, Popula.com
  • Jarno M. Koponen, head of AI & Personalization, Yle News Lab (Finland)
  • Ray Soto, senior director, emerging tech, Gannett, USA Today Network
12:15p - 1:15p

Lunch Break

12:20p - 1:10p

Google Tools for Journalists Workshops (sessions in English and Spanish) offered by Google News Initiative during ISOJ lunch break

1:15p - 2:05p

News and AI (#ISOJ Journal peer-reviewed research panel)

  • Amy Schmitz Weiss, ISOJ research chair, San Diego State University
  • Seth Lewis, professor, director of Journalism Program, University of Oregon
  • Exploring Reporter-Desired Features for an AI-Generated Legislative News Tip Sheet, Patrick Howe, Christine Robertson, Lindsay Grace, and Foaad Khosmood, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo & University of Miami
  • Algorithmic Agenda Setting: The Shape of Search Media During the 2020 US Election, Daniel Trielli and Nicholas Diakopoulos, Northwestern University
  • The Missing Piece: Ethics and the Ontological Boundaries of Automated Journalism, Colin Porlezza and Giulia Ferri, Institute of Media and Journalism IMeG, University Della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
2:05p - 2:30p

Fact-checking en español: Latin America, Spain and a new initiative for the United States' Spanish-speaking communities

2:30p - 3:15p

Keynote session: Key Questions for Journalists Seeking to Reinvent Journalism for our Digital Age

Keynote speaker:

  • Sue Cross, executive director and CEOInstitute for Nonprofit News
3:15p - 3:30p

Coffee Break

3:30p - 4:45p

Panel: Subscriptions, events and multiple products: Strategies to diversify revenue streams of news organizations

4:45p - 6:00p

Panel: Subsidies and regulations: How government initiatives may affect journalism and the digital media ecosystem

  • Anya Schiffrin, director of technology, media & communication specialization, Columbia University
  • David Skok, CEO and editor-in-chief, The Logic, (Canada)
  • Sarah Stonbely, research director, Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University
  • Steven Waldman, president and co-founder, Report for America
6:15p - 7:45p

The Moody Party — A welcome reception offered by the Moody College of Communication in the courtyard of the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center, University of Texas at Austin

Saturday, April 2, 2022

8:00a - 9:00a

Registration & Breakfast

8:00a - 8:50a

Research Breakfast

  • Amy Schmitz Weiss, ISOJ research chair and professorSchool of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University
  • Jessica Renee Collier, postdoctoral research fellowCenter for Media Engagement, UT Austin
  • Gina M. Masullo, associate professor/associate director, Center for Media Engagement, UT Austin
  • Caroline Murray, research associateCenter for Media Engagement, UT Austin
  • Talia Stroud, professor/director, Center for Media Engagement, UT Austin
8:00a - 8:50a

Breakfast workshop: The need for digital provenance: How the Content Authenticity Initiative is addressing mis/disinformation.

9:00a - 9:45a

Keynote Session: News: What is it, who is it for, and how can we rethink it for the digital era?

Chair: Keynote speaker:
  • Gina Chua, incoming executive editor, Semafor
9:45a - 10:45a

Panel: Diversity in newsrooms and in the news: Cultural change, content audits and other initiatives

Chair: Speakers
10:45a - 11:00a

Coffee Break

11:00a - 12:15p

Panel: Recreating the local news ecosystem with new models, networking and collaboration

12:15p - 1:15p

Lunch Break

12:20p - 1:10p

Tools and resources for local news organizations – Lunch workshop, offered by Knight Foundation

1:15p - 2:00p

Keynote Session: The role of journalism when democracy is at risk

2:00p - 3:15p

Lightning sessions: Online journalism and press freedom around the world

Chair First round, Asia:
  • Bao Choy, independent journalist, Hong Kong
  • Fu Ting, correspondent, Associated Press, Thailand
  • Pranav Dixit, tech reporterBuzzFeed, India
Second round, Latin America:
3:15p - 3:30p

Coffee Break

3:30p - 4:45p

Panel: Mental health and the wellbeing of journalists in an era of online harassment, extreme polarization, denialism and pandemic

  • Avery Holton, chair , Department of Communication, University of Utah
  • Valerie Belair-Gagnon, director, Minnesota Journalism Center, University of Minnesota
  • Elana Newman, McFarlin Professor of Psychology,, University of Tulsa, and research director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
  • Luisa Ortiz Pérez, executive director and cofounder, Vita-Activa.org
  • Hannah Storm, founding director, Headlines Network (U.K.)
4:45p - 6:00p

Panel: Audio journalism and social audio: Listen up, it’s a new frontier of digital storytelling

Chair: Speakers
  • Sarah Feldberg, editor for emerging products and audio, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Nina Gregory, head of news and media publishers, Clubhouse
  • Maggie Penman, executive producer, Post Reports, The Washington Post
  • Rebeca Ibarra, host and producer, The Refresh, Insider