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SVP & Editor-in-Chief, CNN Digital
Meredith Artley is a senior vice president and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, where she oversees the creation, programming and publishing of content across all CNN Digital properties including CNN.com, CNNi.com, CNN Politics and CNNMoney across mobile, social, desktop and a variety of emerging platforms and products. She leads a global team of more than 250 talented reporters, producers and editors to fuel one the world’s top digital brands. Under Meredith’s leadership, CNN Digital has become #1 in unique users across mobile and desktop, #1 in video, and the most followed and fanned news organization on social… Read more
Executive Editor, The Washington Post
Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on January 2, 2013. He oversees The Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 800 journalists. Newsrooms under his leadership have won 12 Pulitzer Prizes, including five at The Washington Post. The Post during his tenure has won three times for national reporting, once for explanatory reporting, and once for public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency… Read more
Ben Smith is BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief. Since joining the company in January 2012, Ben has built a newsroom of over 300 reporters and editors, led expansion of over 20 content verticals, and built teams across the world. Under his leadership, BuzzFeed’s coverage has grown to include politics, business, investigative reporting, longform journalism, and entertainment while growing the site’s traffic to over 200M monthly unique visitors. Ben was called “one of the most talented and admired scoop-mongers in the game” by The New Republic, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” and featured as Fortune’s “40 Under 40” for his work at BuzzFeed… Read more
Chairman, President and CEO, A. H. Belo Corporation
Publisher and CEO
, The Dallas Morning News
Jim Moroney is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of A. H. Belo Corporation. He has held this position since September 2013. He continues to serve as publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Dallas Morning News, a position he has held since June 2001. Jim served as president of Belo Interactive, Inc. from its formation in May 1999 until June 2001. He presently serves on the boards of The Associated Press, the News Media Alliance, The Dallas Foundation, for which he presently serves as the chair of the Board of Governors, the State Fair of Texas, the advisory board of the College of Communications at the University of Texas and the Bishop’s Finance Council of the Diocese of Dallas... Read more
Executive Director and CEO, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Jim Friedlich was appointed executive director and CEO of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism in September 2016. He served previously as CEO of Empirical Media Advisors, a consulting firm focused on the digital transformation of major news organizations. From 1990-2000, Jim managed the global advertising sales, consumer marketing and business development of a large and diverse group of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones & Company newspapers, magazines, websites, cable TV channels and conferences. He served on the Board of Directors of CNBC International, as well as joint ventures with Nikkei, Handlesblatt, and The Financial Times… Read more
President and Publisher, The News & Observer
McClatchy Regional Publisher for the Carolinas
Sara Glines is president and publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC as well as regional publisher for McClatchy’s eight Carolina media outlets in Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina; Columbia, Rock Hill, Hilton Head, Beaufort and Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. She came to the Triangle in September 2016 after years as regional publisher with both Gannett and Digital First Media. She was also president & publisher of the York Daily Record from 2012 to 2016…Read more
President and General Manager of Wirecutter
The New York Times Executive Committee
David Perpich is president and general manager of Wirecutter, and is part of The New York Times Executive Committee. Wirecutter, owned by The New York Times, is a product recommendation company that helps readers easily choose and buy the products that make their everyday lives better. David joined the Times in 2010 to oversee the launch of the digital subscription business. He subsequently created the Times’ innovation group, NYT Beta, and led product development for the company.
Executive Director and CEO, International News Media Association
Earl Wilkinson is executive director and CEO of the International News Media Association (INMA), a global community of market-leading companies reinventing how they engage audiences and grow revenue in a multimedia environment. During his career, Earl has written reports and books related to the future of media, marketing, and the strategic outlook for the news media industry. The Texas native is the author of The Earl Blog at INMA.org, as well as a frequent speaker at media industry conferences worldwide… Read more
ISOJ Founder and Chair, Professor at the School of Journalism, UT Austin
Founder and Director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
Rosental Alves began his academic career in the United States in March 1996, after 27 years as a professional journalist, including seven years as a journalism professor in Brazil. He is founder and director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and created a pioneering journalism MOOC program that has reached almost 130,000 students form 175+ countries around the world in the last five years… Read more
Director, Nieman Lab at Harvard
Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow, he spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at The Dallas Morning News. His reports on cheating on standardized tests in the Texas public schools led to the permanent shutdown of a school district and won the Philip Meyer Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors…. Read more
Dean, Moody College of Communication at UT Austin
Dr. Jay Bernhardt is the 6th Dean of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and highest ranked colleges of communication in the country. Dr. Bernhardt also serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Health Communication and holds the Walter Cronkite Regents Chair and the DeWitt Carter Reddick Regents Chair in Communication. He also is Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health. Before UT, Dr. Bernhardt served as Chair, Professor, and Center Director at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and previously served on the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta and the University of Georgia in Athens…. Read more
Managing Editor, NPR One
Tamar Charney is the managing editor for NPR One where she creates and executes new editorial strategies for programming a unique and customizable mix of the best international, national, and local public radio news that is blended with hand curated podcasts. NPR One’s localized and personalized stream of content can be accessed on the NPR One app, as well as, through Alexa, xBox, car dashboards, and TV’s… Read more
Founder and CEO, Press Patron
Alex Clark (New Zealand) is the founder of PressPatron, a funding platform that provides payments and membership infrastructure across a network of media websites. Alex is a former editor, journalist and media researcher. His MA thesis evaluated a range of new business models for journalism, including a comparative analysis of voluntary memberships, donations, paywalls and content bundling… Read more
Managing Editor and Senior Director, Digital News, Univision
Selymar Colón is managing editor and senior director of digital news at Univision. She has been with Univision since 2006 working across various roles and going up the ranks as producer for Sunday show, Al Punto, hosted by Jorge Ramos. A digital pioneer, Selymar championed the use of social media in the newsroom and created a team of multimedia producers to produce digital only videos in her role as director of digital integration… Read more
Editor-in-chief, Šatro info
Haris Dedović started as a correspondent for youth magazine “Karike.” Soon after, he became a member of the editorial board and in a short time became editor-in-chief. He was in this position from 2012 to 2015. He worked for Press Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a correspondent and web platform editor… Read more
Media Reporter, Axios
Sara Fischer is a media reporter for Axios, covering media trends. Previously, she was a digital producer for The Washington Post, where she produced and edited segments for live and digital audiences. Sara’s media background includes writing, reporting, subscription and advertising sales, as well as corporate research. She came to The Post from The New York Times where she was part of The Times’ political advertising team. Sara joined The Times from CNN in 2014, where she wrote breaking news stories for CNN Politics and co-authored the network’s political newsletter, Gut Check… Read more
Newsletter Editor, The New York Times
Elisabeth Goodridge oversees editorial newsletters at The New York Times. She manages the research and development of new email and messaging products, as well as the optimization of the current portfolio of more than 50 editorial newsletters. The first editor to hold this role at The Times, Elisabeth collaborates closely with product, tech and design colleagues, and this work has led to double-digit percentage increases in both subscribers and subscriptions… Read more
Co-founder and Director, The Evergrey
Mónica Guzmán is co-founder and director of The Evergrey, a daily Seattle newsletter that connects locals to their city. She is a former columnist at The Seattle Times, GeekWire, The Daily Beast and The Columbia Journalism Review, and studied ways to build closer connections between journalists and the public as a 2016 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University… Read more
Chief Revenue Officer, The Texas Tribune
April Hinkle is the chief revenue officer of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” April, who holds an advertising degree from the University of Texas, is responsible for The Texas Tribune’s corporate revenue programs, speakers’ bureau and licensing of content. Previously, April spent nearly 21 years at Texas Monthly, as retail advertising director, advertising and marketing director, associate publisher and publisher.
Senior Producer and Presenter, AJ+
Imaeyen Ibanga is a senior producer and presenter with AJ+. She manages a talented team that produces long-form videos focused on contextualizing domestic and international news. Since she joined AJ+ in June 2017, the company’s YouTube channel has seen an increase in subscribers, watch time, and retention, thanks in part to her team’s weekly video productions…Read more.
Head of Product and Design, theSkimm
Dheerja Kaur is Head of Product and Design at theSkimm, a company that focuses on delivering news and information into the routines of female millennials. They have an audience of millions who engage with them daily via their newsletter, app, and audio/video products. Prior to joining theSkimm Dheerja was an engineering and product leader at ESPN, working across ESPN.com and ESPN’s flagship mobile apps, and was the first engineer to build Grantland.
Interactive Audio Producer, The Washington Post
Anne Li is the interactive audio producer at The Washington Post, which means she spends a lot of her time thinking about and talking to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. She currently produces three flash briefings for voice assistants: The Daily 202’s Big Idea, Retropod and Capital Weather Gang. She came to The Post in April 2017 from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and she is an alumna of the Northwestern University Knight Lab.
Associate Director, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
Kathleen McElroy is associate director and a senior lecturer in the School of Journalism at University of Texas at Austin. She was a Harrington Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas and received her doctorate in journalism in 2014. Her research has focused on the intersection of race and news media, including sports journalism as a cultural lens on race. She previously spent 20 years as an editor at The New York Times, where she served as an associate managing editor, deputy editor of the continuous news desk, deputy sports editor and dining editor. She also worked at The National, Newsday and the Austin American-Statesman… Read more
News Apps Developer, ProPublica
Jeremy B. Merrill is a news apps developer at ProPublica. He uses code to find and tell stories, including building tools to collect via crowd-sourcing political Facebook ads and to classify members of Congress’s priorities using machine learning and natural language processing. Before joining ProPublica, he worked at The New York Times, building tools for journalists and using computer code to report on political Facebook ads, trains and online legalese.
Creative Director, Magamba Online TV
Samm Farai Monro AKA Comrade Fatso is Zimbabwe’s trailblazing political satirist, a leading activist for freedom of expression and a media disruptor. Comrade Fatso is founder of Magamba Network, one of Zimbabwe’s most dynamic organizations working on the cutting edge of culture, media, activism and innovation. As a satirist he is the co-creator of the internationally acclaimed Zambezi News satire show and the weekly political news show The Week… Read more
Co-founder, Hashtag Our Stories
Yusuf Omar is a multi-award winning journalist and co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a TEDx speaker, former CNN senior social media reporter on Snapchat and former mobile editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the phones. He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. At Hashtag Our Stories, he’s empowering mobile video storytelling communities around the world, creating shows in every language.
Vice President of Journalism, Knight Foundation
Jennifer Preston joined Knight Foundation in October 2014. Previously, Jennifer was an award-winning journalist for The New York Times for almost 19 years, with broad experience as a digital journalist, reporter and senior editor. In 2009 she became the company’s first social media editor. In 2011 she returned to a reporting role where she focused on the impact of social media in politics, government, business and real life. Her most recent work as an editor focused on extending digital media and social media storytelling and curation across the newsroom.
Founder and Editor, Poder360 and Drive newsletter
Fernando Rodrigues, is a Brazilian journalist. Based in Brasília, Brazil’s capital, Fernando currently runs the news portal Poder360 and the political daily newsletter Drive. He has worked for several news outlets (Folha, UOL, BBC and Jovem Pan radio, amongst others). Fernando has also been a foreign correspondent in New York, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. He has a MA in International Journalism from the City University (London, 1986/87) and was a Nieman Fellow, at Harvard (2007/08). Founder and former president of Abraji (the Brazilian equivalent to the US IRE), he is now a board member at this association.
Director, Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations
María Teresa Ronderos, is the director of the Open Society Program on Independent Journalism, oversees the support for the protection and the production of high quality journalism that engages with audiences and communities and elicits the kind of critical thinking that any society that aims at remaining open requires. María Teresa comes to the Open Society Foundations from Semana, Colombia’s leading news magazine, where she served in a range of senior editorial roles. Together with the Ideas for Peace Foundation, she has been the creator and editor-in-chief of VerdadAbierta.com, a website covering armed conflict in Colombia… Read more
Chief Product Officer and Executive Editor, Quartz
Zach Seward is chief product officer and executive editor of Quartz, the global business news organization he helped create in 2012. He oversees product development, editorial strategy, and audience growth. Previously, he was an editor of Quartz’s visual journalism and wrote about technology and media. Before Quartz, he worked at the Wall Street Journal, first as a reporter covering education and health, then as the newspaper’s first social media editor. Prior to that, he was an assistant editor at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, covering the media industry.
Chief Operations Officer, News Revenue Hub
Christina Shih is the chief operations officer at the News Revenue Hub, a media startup that helps digital newsrooms across the country grow audiences and raise money. She previously ran the membership and events program at Voice of San Diego where she helped increase the member base by 42%. Prior to VOSD, she worked with major donors and planned fundraising events for museums and other cultural institutions.
CEO and Co-founder, The Texas Tribune
Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization whose deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, thirteen national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association… Read more
U.S. Director of Content, Acast
Caitlin Thompson is the U.S. director of content at Acast, a podcast technology platform based in Stockholm, Sweden. She’s worked as a development executive at WNYC, in digital and multimedia roles at TIME, The Washington Post and in public television. She thinks the future of podcasting sounds like women and people of color.
Google News Lab Lead, Brazil & LatAm
Marco Túlio Pires is the News Lab Lead for Brazil & Latin America at the Google News Lab. Before joining Google in 2017, Marco was School of Data’s program manager, a global network of organizations and trainers that help journalists and NGOs how to use data with maximum impact. Marco cofounded in 2015 the first data journalism agency in Brazil, journalismo++, part of the international j++ network of data-driven agencies…Read more
Isam Uraiqat is the editor of the exiled pan-Arab political satire publication Alhudood. He co-founded the publication in 2013 as an alternative method to comment on the politics of the region in the post Arab-spring era. Isam has worked in various capacities in the media, working in animation for 7 years as an animation director and technical director…Read more
Co-founder and Executive Director of SembraMedia, and ICFJ International Knight Fellow
Janine Warner is an International Center for Journalists Knight Fellow and the executive director and co-founder of SembraMedia, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices in Spanish by helping digital media entrepreneurs become more sustainable and successful. Janine began her career as a reporter and editor in Northern California. In 1998, her experience on the internet, combined with her fluency in Spanish, took her to The Miami Herald, as the Online Managing Editor… Read more
Training and Development Manager, Google News Lab
Nicholas Whitaker is media outreach manager for Google News Lab. Before joining Google in 2010, Nicholas spent the prior decade producing, directing, editing, and shooting videos and still images for news, commercial, entertainment and advocacy media. Nicholas was also a professor at Eugene Lang College – The New School for Liberal Arts, and Marymount Manhattan College, teaching courses in video production, new media and media theory… Read more
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, De Correspondent
Rob Wijnberg is the founder and editor-in-chief of De Correspondent. At the age of 27, he became the youngest editor in chief of a national daily newspaper in Europe at nrc.next, the morning edition of leading Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. Under Rob’s leadership, nrc.next reached a paid circulation record of 82,000 and a daily reach of 350,000, making it the most successful new newspaper in Europe. With his outspoken views on the role of news in modern society, Rob has attracted a large following. This support helped him to put his ideas into practice in founding De Correspondent.
Postdoctoral researcher, Journalism Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Jan Boesman is a postdoctoral researcher at the Journalism Studies department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and a lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Leuven (Belgium). After having worked as a sports writer, among many other jobs, he prepared a PhD thesis on news production and framing (University of Leuven, Belgium, 2017). …Read more
Director, Social Journalism Master’s Program, CUNY
Carrie Brown is the director of the social journalism Master’s program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Launched in 2015, this program prepares students to engage and serve communities with social media and other digital technologies. Her research and upcoming book centers on how news organizations can adapt to the changing media landscape…Read more
Assistant Professor of Journalism, Arizona State University
Dr. Monica Chadha (University of Texas at Austin, 2014) is an assistant professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on professional identity construction and news production in digitally native local news sites. In particular, she studies local and hyperlocal news sites as well as journalists’ negotiation of entrepreneurial roles in news media startups…Read more
Assistant Professor of Journalism, Washington and Lee University
Mark Coddington is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee University. He studies the sociology of digital journalism, exploring how journalists reconcile new practices and tools with enduring values and routines. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and he is a former newspaper journalist and Nieman Journalism Lab contributor. He has published in numerous academic journals and is working on a book on news aggregation.
PhD student, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina)
María Florencia Haddad is a journalist and PhD student in social sciences, with an orientation in communications and culture at the Center of Advanced Studies at the National University of Córdoba. She has a B.A. in Social Communications from Santiago del Estero Catholic University is also a graduate of Colegio Universitario de Periodismo…Read more
Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Houston
Summer Harlow is an assistant professor of journalism in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. She researches the intersections of emerging media technologies, alternative media, social movements, and international journalism. She is the author of Liberation Technology in El Salvador: Re-Appropriating Social Media among Alternative Media Projects (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017)…Read more
Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Houston
Lea Hellmueller is an assistant professor in Journalism at the Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston and also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in 2017. Her research in journalism studies encompasses several research projects on digital news innovations from a global perspective; political polarization on digital news platforms; right-wing populist journalism as transnational phenomena;…Read more
Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media, School of Journalism and Communication, U. of Oregon
Seth Lewis Ph.D., is the founding holder of the Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, and is an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. His research in journalism studies has examined the social implications of emerging media and technology, from audience metrics and big data to open-source software and pro-social hacking…Read more
Ph.D. student and Population Health Scholar, School of Journalism, UT Austin
Kyser Lough is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and a Population Health Scholar with The University of Texas System. His research focuses on visual communication and solutions journalism and he’s presented his work at regional, national and international conferences…Read more
Professor of Media and Communication, Karlstad University (Sweden)
Henrik Örnebring is professor of media and communication at Karlstad University (Sweden). He has published widely on journalism studies, media history and media convergence. His most recent book is Newsworkers: A Comparative European Perspective (Bloomsbury, 2016), and he is the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
Helen Franklin Firstbrook Professor of Journalism research chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sue Robinson (PhD Temple University, 2007) holds the Helen Franklin Firstbrook Professor of Journalism research chair in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication. As a scholar and teacher, she explores how journalists and news organizations adopt new information communication technologies to report on public affairs in new forms and formats as well as how audiences and individuals can use the technologies for civic engagement…Read more
Associate Professor of Journalism, San Diego State University
Amy Schmitz Weiss is an associate professor in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University. She is the research chair for the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) and co-editor of the #ISOJ journal. She is the recipient of the 2017-2018 San Diego State University Grant Program. Her project entails examining the intersection of journalism, social media and location-based services in today’s digital/mobile environment… Read more
Ph.D. student and Doctoral Fellow, School of Journalism, UT Austin
Jeremy Shermak is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Moody College of Communication Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has nearly 20 years of professional experience as a college professor, media analyst and journalist. He has taught at the collegiate level for 14 years, including his current assignment as an assistant instructor in the UT School of Journalism… Read more
Research Lead and Professor of Journalism Innovation, City, University of London
Jane Singer is research lead and professor of journalism innovation in the Department of Journalism at City, University of London. A former print and online journalist, she has been studying journalists’ responses to digital technologies since the mid-1990s. Jane is especially interested in the impact of digital media on journalists’ roles, norms, practices and products. Her previous academic appointments have been at the University of Central Lancashire (UK), the University of Iowa (USA) and Colorado State University (USA)…Read more
Ph.D. Student and DMN Graduate Fellow for Journalism Innovation, University of Texas at Austin
Kelsey Whipple is a doctoral student at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where she holds the school’s first Dallas Morning News Graduate Fellowship for Journalism Innovation. Her research focuses on gender, gender identity and class in the media and the influence of technology on mass communication…Read more