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

Special thanks to our sponsors:




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

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

ISOJ Emcee: Mallary Tenore, associate director, Knight Center

8:30–8:45 a.m. — Welcome Session

8:45–10:00 a.m. — Opening panel: Coming of Age: Nonprofit online journalism attracts big investments and creates sustainable models

  • Chair: Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO, The Texas Tribune 
  • Mukhtar Ibrahim,  founder and executive director, Sahan Journal
  • Imtiaz Patel, CEO, The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism/The Baltimore Banner 
  • Ann Stern, president & CEO, Houston Endowment 
  • Nykia Wright, president & CEO, Chicago Sun-Times

10:00 – 10:45: Keynote session: Challenges and opportunities for journalism in times of crises, disinformation and digital disruption

  • Keynote speaker: Katrice Hardy, executive editor, Dallas Morning News
  • Chair: Kathleen McElroy, director, Moody College’s School of Journalism and Media, University of Texas at Austin

10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Coffee break

11:00 a.m. –12:15 p.m. — Panel: Hype or not, how and when will web3 (blockchain/NFTs) and metaverse (AR/VR/XR) impact journalism?

  • Chair: 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

12:15–1:15 p.m. — Lunch break

12:20 –1:10 p.m. — Google Tools for Journalists: Lunch workshops (sessions in English and Spanish) offered by Google News Initiative.

1:15–2:05 p.m. — News and AI (#ISOJ Journal peer-reviewed research panel) 

  • Chair: Amy Schmitz Weiss, ISOJ research chair, San Diego State University 
  • Co-Chair/Discussant: 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

2:05 — 2:30 — Factchecking en español: Latin America, Spain and a new initiative for the United States’ Spanish-speaking communities.

2:30 –3:15 p.m. — Keynote session: Key Questions for Journalists Seeking to Reinvent Journalism for our Digital Age

  • Keynote speaker: Richard Gingras, global vice president of news, Google 
  • Chair: Sue Cross, executive director and CEO, Institute for Nonprofit News

3:15–3:30 p.m. — Coffee Break

3:30–4:45 p.m. — Panel: Subscriptions, events and multiple products: Strategies to diversify revenue streams of news organizations

4:45–6:00 p.m. — Panel: Subsidies and Regulations: How government initiatives may affect journalism and the digital media ecosystem 

  • Chair: 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

6:15 – 7:45 p.m. — 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


8:00–9:00 a.m. — Registration and breakfast

8:00–8:50 a.m. Research breakfast

Chair: Amy Schmitz Weiss, ISOJ research chair and professor, School of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University

  • Jessica Renee Collier, postdoctoral research fellow, Center for Media Engagement, UT Austin
  • Gina M. Masullo, associate professor/associate director, Center for Media Engagement, UT Austin
  • Caroline Murray, research associate, Center for Media Engagement, UT Austin
  • Talia Stroud, professor/director, Center for Media Engagement, UT Austin

8:00–8:50 a.m. Breakfast workshop: The need for digital provenance: How the Content Authenticity Initiative is addressing mis/disinformation.

9:00–9:45 a.m. — Keynote Session: News: What is it, who is it for, and how can we rethink it for the digital era?

  • Keynote speaker: Gina Chua, incoming executive editor, Semafor
  • Chair: Neil Chase, CEO, CalMatters

9:45–10:45 a.m. — Panel: Diversity in newsrooms and in the news: Cultural change, content audits and other initiatives

  • Chair: Manny Garcia, executive-editor, Austin American-Statesman
  • Charo Henríquezeditor, newsroom development and support, The New York Times
  • Flavia Lima, editor of diversity, Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil)
  • Keith Woods, chief diversity officer, NPR

10:45–11:00 a.m. — Coffee break

11:00 a.m. –12:15 p.m. — Panel: Recreating the local news ecosystem with new models, networking and collaboration

12:15–1:15 p.m. — Lunch break

12:20 –1:10 p.m.Tools and resources for local news organizations – Lunch workshop, offered by Knight Foundation

Chair: Karen Rundlet, director/journalism, Knight Foundation

1:15–2:00 p.m. — Keynote Session: The role of journalism when democracy is at risk

2:00–3:15 p.m. — Lightning sessions: Online journalism and press freedom in Asia and Latin America

Chair: Ann Marie Lipinski, curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

First round, Asia:

  • Bao Choy, independent journalist, Hong Kong
  • Fu Ting, correspondent, Associated Press, Thailand 
  • Pranav Dixit, technology reporter, BuzzFeed News, India

Second round, Latin America:

3:15–3:30 p.m. — Coffee break

3:30–4:45 p.m. — Panel: Mental health and the wellbeing of journalists in an era of online harassment, extreme polarization, denialism and pandemic

  • Chair: Avery Holtonchair, Department of Communication, University of Utah
  • Valerie Belair-Gagnon, director, Minnesota Journalism Center, University of Minnesota
  • Elana NewmanMcFarlin Professor of Psychology, University of Tulsa, research director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
  • Luisa Ortiz Pérez, executive director & cofounder, Vita-Activa.org
  • Hannah Stormfounding director, Headlines Network (U.K.)

4:45–6:00 p.m. — Panel: Audio journalism and social audio: Listen up, it’s a new frontier of digital storytelling

  • Chair: Tamar Charneyeditorial strategist, formerly with NPR
  • Sarah Feldbergeditor for emerging products and audio, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Nina Gregoryhead of news and media publishers, Clubhouse
  • Rebeca Ibarra, host and producer, The Refresh, Insider
  • Maggie Penman, executive producer, Post Reports, The Washington Post