24th International Symposium on Online Journalism

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

April 14-15, 2023

Venue: Zlotnik Family Ballroom at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, University of Texas at Austin
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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023

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

8:30–8:45 a.m. — Welcome Session

ISOJ Emcee: Mallary Tenore, associate director, Knight Center

  • Rosental Calmon Alves, ISOJ founder and chair, professor, School of Journalism and Media, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jay Bernhardt, dean, Moody College of Communication, UT Austin
  • Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost, Global Engagement, UT Austin

8:45–9:30 a.m. — Keynote session: The Future of News is NOW: Adapting News to the Streaming Age

  • Keynote speaker: Janelle Rodriguezexecutive vice president, NBC News
  • Chair: David Ryfeprofessor and director, School of Journalism and Media, UT Austin

9:3010:45 a.m. — Panel: How can journalism incorporate AI, including generative tools like ChatGPT and Bard, to improve production and distribution of news?

  • Chair: Marc Lavalleedirector, Technology, Product and Strategy/Journalism, Knight Foundation
  • Jeremy GilbertKnight Chair, Digital Media Strategy, Northwestern University
  • Sam Handirector, AI/ML and Zeus Technology, The Washington Post 
  • Aimee Rinehartprogram manager, Local News AI, The Associated Press
  • Sisi Weieditor-in-chief, The Markup

10:45–11:00 a.m. — Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.–12:10 p.m. — Panel: The future of opinion journalism: How op-ed sections have evolved in the digital era and what lies ahead

12:1012:15 p.m. — ICFJ Disarming Disinformation announcement

12:15–1:15 p.m. — Lunch Break

12:20–1:10 p.m. — Lunch Workshops

Cómo operativizar la salud mental y el bienestar en la redacción

El registro es necesario y las plazas son limitadas. In Spanish – there will be no interpretation.

    • Mar Cabra, co-founder, The Self-Investigation (Spain)

Shorts for Journalists: How to optimize your news experience and tell your stories on YouTube Shorts 

Registration is required and seats are limited. In English – there will be no interpretation.

1:15–2:15 p.m. — #ISOJ Journal peer-reviewed research panel

  • Chair: Celeste González de Bustamanteprofessor and associate dean, Moody College of Communication, UT Austin
  • Could Quoting Data Patterns Help in Identifying Journalistic Behavior Online?, Subramaniam (Subbu) Vincent, Xuyang Wu, Maxwell Huang, and Yi Fang, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Department of Computer Science and Engineering Santa Clara University
  • Of Media Shifts and Crises: Mapping Digital Journalism and News Deserts in the Philippines, Maria Raizza Renella P. Bello, independent journalist and researcher, and Robbin Charles M. Dagle, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Five stars because they tell it like it is: A parasocial examination of mainstream, conservative and far right reviews on Apple Podcasts, Marcus Funk, LaRissa Lawrie, and Burton Speakman
  • “News You Can Use:” Pragmatic Solidarity as a News Value in Online Community Journalism, Ayleen Cabas-Mijares, Joy Jenkins, and Laura Nootbaar
  • Architects of necessity: Assessing philanthropic support for BIPOC news startups, Tracie Powell, The Pivot Fund and Meredith D. Clark, Northeastern University

2:15–3:00 p.m. – Keynote Session: Journalism in the Era of Business Model Evolution: Imagining the End State

  • Keynote speaker: Jon Kellyco-founder and editor-in-chief, Puck
  • Chair: Sewell Chan, editor-in-chief, The Texas Tribune

3:00–3:30 p.m. — Coffee Break

3:30–4:45 p.m. —Global round up: Lightning presentations on the state of the news media around the world

  • Chair: Ann Marie Lipinskicurator, Nieman Foundation at Harvard University
  • Fahim Abed, independent journalist/former reporter for The New York Times in Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Adefemi Akinsanyainternational correspondent and anchor, Arise News (Nigeria)
  • Sheikh Sabiha Alamsenior reporter, Prothom Alo (Bangladesh)
  • Pinar Ersoy, Istanbul editor, BBC Monitoring (Turkey)
  • Bopha Phornindependent journalist based in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Taras Prokopyshyn, publisher and CEO, The Ukrainians Media (Ukraine)
  • José Zamorachief communications and impact officer, Exile Content (Guatemala)

4:45–6:00 p.m. — Panel: Lying in politics, weaponizing fake news and attacking journalists: What have we learned so far and how to react to the infodemic? 

  • Chair: Anya Schiffrin, director, Technology, Media & Communication specialization, Columbia University 
  • Bill Adairfounder, PolitiFact, and Knight Professor, Duke University
  • Sérgio Dávilaeditor-in-chief, Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil)
  • Khaya Himmelman, reporter, The Messenger
  • Glenn Kesslereditor and chief writer, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker

6:157:45 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

Registration is required and seats are limited. In English – there will be no interpretation.

  • Chair: Cindy Royal, professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University
  • Carrie Browndirector of engagement journalism and associate professor, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY
  • Celeste González de Bustamanteprofessor and associate dean, Moody College of Communication, UT Austin
  • Alfred Hermidaprofessor, School of Journalism, Writing and Media, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Sue Robinsonprofessor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

Registration is required and seats are limited. In English – there will be no interpretation.

  • Santiago Lyon, head of Advocacy and Education, Content Authenticity Initiative

9:00–9:45 a.m. — Keynote Session

  • Keynote speaker: Joe Kahnexecutive editor, The New York Times
  • Chair: Evan Smithco-founder and senior advisor, The Texas Tribune, and senior advisor, Emerson Collective

9:45–11:00 a.m. — Panel: How to improve the coverage of the climate crisis and avoid the “Don’t Look up” scenario

  • Chair: John Schwartzprofessor of practice, School of Journalism and Media, UT Austin
  • Manuela Andreoniclimate reporter, The New York Times (Brazil)
  • Darryl Fearsenvironmental justice reporter, The Washington Post
  • Vernon Loebexecutive editor, Inside Climate News
  • Michael WebberJosey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, UT Austin

11:00–11:15 a.m. — Coffee Break

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. — Panel: The Local News Movement: Philanthropic investments to networks and tools to create sustainable models

12:15–1:15 p.m. — Lunch Break

12:20–1:10 p.m. — Lunch Workshops

How to operationalize mental health and wellbeing in the newsroom 

Registration is required and seats are limited. In English – there will be no interpretation.

    • Mar Cabra, co-founder, The Self-Investigation (Spain)

The Newspack Way: How we’re building an operating system for independent journalism through open source technology, best practices and shared services.

Registration is required and seats are limited. In English – there will be no interpretation.

Shorts para periodistas: Cómo contar historias a través de YouTube Shorts

El registro es necesario y las plazas son limitadas. In Spanish – there will be no interpretation.

1:15–2:00 p.m. — Keynote Session: The future of storytelling on your face

2:00–3:00 p.m. — Panel: Newsletters, podcasts, text messages, push alerts: Are news orgs moving out of social-media dependency?

  • Chair: Sara Fischermedia reporter and author of Media Trends newsletter, Axios
  • David Cohn, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Subtext at Advance Publications
  • Coleen O’Lear, head of curation and platforms, The Washington Post
  • Zainab Shahdirector of engagement and audience, THE CITY

3:00–3:30 p.m. — Coffee Break

3:30–4:45 p.m. — Panel: How to respond to news avoidance and reconnect with audiences through new approaches

  • Chair: LaSharah Bunting, CEO and executive director, Online News Association (ONA)
  • Jay Rosen, associate professor, New York University, and author, PressThink
  • Dmitry Shishkinindependent media consultant (UK)
  • Talia Stroudfounder and director, Center for Media Engagement, UT Austin
  • Ben Toffsenior research fellow, Reuters Institute (UK)

4:45–6:00 p.m. — Panel: Exile journalism: Forced out of their countries, journalists use technology to report from abroad and have impact back home

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2023

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Post-ISOJ Conference: 16th Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism

Venue: Moody College of Communication, UT Austin

Registration is free, but required. Sign up to attend in person or virtually.

Registrants of ISOJ 2023 from Latin America, Spain and Portugal will convene for this annual meeting on online journalism in the region. (Please note event is in Spanish)