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CEO & Editorial Director, Insider Inc.
Henry Blodget is cofounder, CEO, and editorial director of Insider Inc. Insider publishes “Business Insider,” “Tech Insider,” “INSIDER,” and other publications and is a global journalism organization with more than 500 staff members and offices and affiliates in more than 17 countries. Insider’s publications reach more than 200 million people worldwide each month. Read more
Executive Editor, The Atlantic
Matt Thompson is the executive editor of The Atlantic, overseeing new editorial initiatives and planning, developing the magazine’s recruitment and talent development operations, and guiding strategy for podcasting and digital membership. He’s also one of the founding hosts of Radio Atlantic, the organization’s pioneer podcast. Previously, as the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, Matt oversaw digital coverage teams and developed editorial projects in conjunction with site editors. Read more
Deputy Off-Platform Editor, The New York Times
Millie Tran is deputy off-platform editor at The New York Times, which she joined in 2017 in a newly-created role as global growth editor. Previously, she was director of Global Adaptation at BuzzFeed, leading a team of editors and producers around the world to share the best of BuzzFeed across languages, platforms, and formats. She was also a founding member of the team that launched the award-winning BuzzFeed News app, as well as the creator of the BuzzFeed News newsletter. Millie’s experience in media spans editorial, product, data, marketing, and strategy at a variety of organizations such as the American Press Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and National Journal — but always rooted in journalism with an obsession on connecting audiences with great editorial content and products.
Dave Winer is a software developer in New York. He led the early development of blogging, podcasting and RSS. He started two Silicon Valley tech companies, in PC and Mac development in the 80s. Winer is a former research fellow at Harvard and New York University. He led the early blogging movement, with the original blog, Scripting News, which he started 25 years ago.
Knight Professor, Duke University
Bill Adair is the Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University and the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact. At Duke, he heads the journalism program as the director of the DeWitt Wallace Center and conducts research on fact-checking in the Reporters’ Lab. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (with the PolitiFact staff), the Manship Prize for New Media in Democratic Discourse and the Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress.
White House Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. Previously, she was a national reporter for “The New York Times,” covering politics and social issues, and also a reporter with “USA Today.” Yamiche has reported extensively on the intersection of race and politics. She’s covered the impact of President Trump’s policies on working class people and immigrants, the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, the legacy of President Obama as well as how police killings affect communities and children. 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 more than 170,000 students from 200 countries and territories in the last six years. Read more
Senior News Correspondent, WBUR
Kimberly Atkins is a senior news correspondent for WBUR, covering national political news from Washington, DC with a New England focus. She is also an MSNBC contributor, providing on-air analysis and commentary of the national political news of the day. Before joining WBUR, Kimberly served as the Washington bureau chief at the Boston Herald, focusing her coverage on the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court and national news. She has appeared as a political commentator on a host of national and international television and radio networks, including CNN, Fox News, NBC News, PBS, NPR, Sky News (UK), and CBC News (Canada). Read more
Dean, Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Jay Bernhardt (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999; M.P.H., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1994) 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. Jay 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 is Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health. Before UT, Jay 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
CEO, Spirited Media
Jim Brady is the CEO of Spirited Media, which operates local news sites Billy Penn in Philadelphia, The Incline in Pittsburgh and Denverite in Denver. Before starting his own company, Jim’s 23-plus years in digital journalism included stints as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, editor in chief at Digital First Media, head of news and sports for America Online, general manager at TBD and other media management roles. Jim also recently completed a two-year term as public editor of ESPN. Read more
Reporter and Columnist, Folha de. São Paulo (Brazil)
Patricia Campos Mello is a reporter at large and columnist at Folha de São Paulo newspaper in Brazil, and comments on world affairs on TV, on the Band and BandNews channels. She has been awarded the Red Cross International Committee Prize for humanitarian journalism, the King of Spain Journalism Prize, Petrobras Prize, Folha and Estado Prizes. She was the Washington correspondent for the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper between 2006 and 2010. Read more
Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Director of the Center for Media Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin
Gina Masullo Chen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and the assistant director of the Center for Media Engagement, both at The University of Texas at Austin, USA. Her research focuses on the online conversation around the news and how it influences social, civic, and political engagement. She is the author of Online Incivility and Public Debate: Nasty Talk and co-editor of Scandal in a Digital Age. She is currently writing her third book, The New Town Hall: Why We Engage Personally with Politicians. She spent 20 years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a professor.
Susan Comrie took an unconventional career path into investigative journalism. After studying graphic design and art direction, she joined the Daily Voice as a freelance entertainment writer before she eventually managed to persuade her various editors to let her write more in-depth, investigative features. Read more
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Nick Diakopoulos is an assistant professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Northwestern University where he is director of the Computational Journalism Lab (CJL). He is also a Tow Fellow at Columbia University School of Journalism as well as associate professor II at the University of Bergen Department of Information Science and Media Studies. Read more
Research Director, The Membership Puzzle Project
Emily Goligoski is research director for the Membership Puzzle Project, a collaboration between the Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent and New York University. She previously worked as a user experience research lead in The New York Times newsroom and brought design research to Mozilla Foundation. Emily completed her Master’s in Learning, Design & Technology at Stanford while conducting user research at Intel Labs. She previously worked at Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) and studied journalism at Northwestern. She is on the board of Youth Radio. Emily has written for The Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, and other sites that produce coverage worth paying for.
Senior Data Scientist, The Washington Post
Ling Jiang is a senior data scientist at the Washington Post. She graduated from Drexel University with a PhD degree in Information Science before joining The Washington Post. She enjoys working on data mining and knowledge discovery from large volumes of data. She is skilled in various machine learning and data mining techniques and using them to tackle business problems. After she joined the Post, she has successfully built several data-powered products using machine learning and NLP techniques.
White House Reporter, Associated Press
Jonathan Lemire is a White House reporter for The Associated Press and a political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News. He covers the day-to-day workings and drama of the Trump administration, has interviewed the president in Oval Office, has traveled with the president to the Middle East, Asia and Europe and received attention for his news conference questions to Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin at their July 2018 Helsinki summit. Read more
News Lab Lead, Google News Lab (Argentina)
Juan Manuel Lucero is the News Lab Lead in Argentina at the Google News Lab – a global team working with journalists to support innovation in the newsroom, provide training and collaborate on industry challenges . The News Lab forms part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. Before joining Google, Juan worked as a lecturer, consultant in digital strategy, as well as professor and director of postgraduate courses related to journalism, marketing, innovation and digital business. Read more
Director, Ranking Digital Rights
Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) project at New America, leading a team that works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights. RDR’s Corporate Accountability Index ranks the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards. Read more
Director, Trusting News
Joy Mayer founded Trusting News in 2016 after a 20-year career in newsrooms and teaching. She spent 12 years at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she created an audience engagement curriculum and a community outreach team in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian and also taught web design and print design. In addition Trusting News work, she is an adjunct faculty member at The Poynter Institute and the University of Florida and also serves as the community manager for Gather, a platform to support engaged journalists. Read more
Co-founder and Chief Executive, MuckRock Foundation
Michael Morisy is the co-founder and chief executive of the MuckRock Foundation, a journalism and transparency non-profit used by reporters, researchers, and ordinary citizens around the globe to better understand their government, their communities, and their world. In addition to the FOIA site MuckRock, the Foundation also runs DocumentCloud, which helps host and analyze primary source documents… Read more
Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Today
Ryan “R.L.” Nave is editor-in-chief at Mississippi Today, where he previously held positions as news editor and staff reporter. Before helping launch the nonprofit newsroom in 2016, he worked at the Jackson (Miss.) Free Press as an editor and Illinois Times as a reporter. He has been a Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder and an Academy for Alternative Journalism fellow at Northwestern. A native of St. Louis, Mo., he studied political science at University of Missouri.
Strategic Partner Development, Global News Training, Facebook Journalism Project
Danielle Noriega has been a part of Facebook’s News Partnerships team since 2015. She’s had the opportunity to train journalists and newsrooms in LATAM, APAC, and Canada on how to leverage newsgathering tools to their stories on Facebook. She’s most passionate about visual storytelling and helping journalists to create compelling and informative stories that go beyond the newsroom setting.
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. Read more
Co-founder and Executive Editor, The Tyler Loop
Tasneem Raja is the executive editor of The Tyler Loop, a nonprofit journalism startup that explores policy, history, and demographics in Tyler, Texas. She is an award-winning journalist who has reported for NPR, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and other national outlets. A former senior editor at NPR, she launched a popular podcast exploring issues of identity and race with NPR’s Code Switch team. At Mother Jones, she specialized in data visualization and led a team that built the first-ever database of mass shootings in America. Read more
Executive Director, The American Press Institute
Author, journalist, researcher and media critic, Tom Rosenstiel is one of the nation’s most recognized thinkers on the future of media. Before joining the American Press Institute in January 2013, he was founder and for 16 years director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, one of the five original projects of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., and co-founder and vice chair of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Read more
Managing Editor, PolitiFact
Katie Sanders is the managing editor of PolitiFact. Previously, she fact-checked talking heads and opinion-shapers for PunditFact as well as the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott for PolitiFact Florida, reporting from the Tallahassee bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she majored in English and journalism.
Strategic Partner Manager, South Cone/Latin America, Facebook Journalism Project
Julieta Shama leads Facebook’s News Partnerships efforts in South Cone, which she joined in 2014. Based in Buenos Aires, she works together with news publishers to find new audiences, experiment with different formats and achieve their business goals on the platform. She previously worked at Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas and at Warner International as head of development. She has more than 15 years of experience in content development, with a strong focus on video.
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, and in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, sixteen national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Read more
Founder, CEO, and Managing Editor, Volt Data Lab (Brazil)
Truthbuzz Fellow, The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
Sérgio Spagnuolo is the founder, CEO and managing-editor of data-driven news agency Volt Data Lab and Truthbuzz fellow with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). With over 14 years of experience in newsrooms in Brazil, he has worked for several media companies, including Reuters, Yahoo News and Mergermarket (previously owned by the Pearson/Financial Times Group). Read more
Senior Director, Gannett and USA TODAY Network
Mizell Stewart III is senior director for Talent, Partnerships and News Strategy for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network. Previously, he was chief content officer of Journal Media Group and VP/Content for the newspaper division of The E.W. Scripps Company. Earlier in his career, he led newsrooms in Akron, Ohio, Evansville, Indiana and Tallahassee, Florida. Mizell was a member of the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, a project of The Aspen Institute and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is past president of the American Society of News Editors and the current president of the American Society of News Editors Foundation.
White House Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Eli Stokols is a White House reporter based in the Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C., bureau. He is a veteran of Politico and the Wall Street Journal, where he covered the 2016 presidential campaign and then the Trump White House. A native of Irvine, Eli grew up in a Times household and is thrilled to report for what is still his family’s hometown paper. He is also a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Editor-in-Chief, The Bulwark
Charlie Sykes is the editor-in-chief of The Bulwark, host of The Bulwark Podcast, and an NBC/ MSNBC contributor. He is also author of nine books, including A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The Hollow Men, The End of Privacy, 50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School, A Nation of Moochers, and Fail U. The False Promise of Higher Education. He was co-editor of the National Review College Guide. His most recent book, How the Right Lost Its Mind, published by St. Martin’s Press, was released in October 2017. An updated paperback edition was released in October, 2018. Read more
Founder, American Journalism Project
Founder, The Texas Tribune
John Thornton is co-founder of the American Journalism Project. He has been a venture capitalist at Austin Ventures since 1990, where he has co-led the technology practice for more than two decades. He also co-founded venture capital firm Elsewhere Partners in 2017. In 2008, John founded the Texas Tribune, the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government, and statewide issues.
Co-founder and Executive Director, SembraMedia
ICFJ Knight Fellow, Latin America
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 the training and development manager at the Google News Lab – a global team working with journalists to provide training, collaborate on industry challenges, and support innovation in the newsroom. The News Lab forms part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. Read more
Chief Audience Officer, The Texas Tribune
Amanda Zamora leads the Tribune’s audience growth and engagement efforts. A native Texan, Amanda joined the Tribune in 2016 after spending 13 years on the East Coast working for news organizations including The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, The Washington Post and ProPublica. Amanda got her start as a cub reporter at the Austin American-Statesman after graduating from the University of Texas. Read more.
Reporter, Direkt36 (Hungary)
Blanka Zöldi is a reporter with Direkt36, a non-profit investigative journalism centre in Budapest, Hungary, founded in 2014. Most recently she has been covering the misuse of European Union funds in Hungary and the country’s controversial Golden Visa program. She has also participated in various cross-border collaborations such as the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations. Before joining Direkt36, she worked as a political and business reporter at Hungarian daily news site Origo and at BNE Intellinews in Brussels. She holds an International Relations degree.
Professor, Northwestern University
Pablo J. Boczkowski is professor in the Department of Communication Studies and co-director (starting in fall 2019) of the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University, co-director of the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina, and senior research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Germany. His publications include three books, four edited volumes, and thirty-five journal articles. Together with Eugenia Mitchelstein, he writes a monthly column on digital life for the Spanish-speaking portal Infobae.
Professor, Universidad Católica del Uruguay
Federico Comesaña is an Uruguayan journalist and entrepreneur specialized in economics and data science. He is managing director and co-founder of Enia (software factory and consulting company specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science). He is professor and researcher for the Communication Department of Universidad Católica del Uruguay. Read more
Associate Professor, University of San Andrés (Argentina)
Eugenia Mitchelstein is associate professor in the Social Sciences department and director of the Communication Degree at the University of San Andrés, and co-director of the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina. She has authored a book, a volume, and a dozen journal articles. Together with Pablo Boczkowski, she writes a monthly column on digital life for the Spanish-speaking portal Infobae.
Assistant Professor, Xavier University
Shearon Roberts is an assistant professor of Mass Communication at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She teaches the Converged Media writing sequence, Digital Storytelling, Social Media, Multimedia Production and courses in Latin America and the Caribbean and the African Diaspora. She researches journalism practices in the Caribbean, Caribbean media systems, and Caribbean media discourse. Read more
Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Magdalena Saldaña is an assistant professor in the School of Communications at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a Junior Researcher at the Millennium Institute for Foundational Research on Data (IMFD). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Social Research, both from Universidad de Concepción, Chile, and a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Texas at Austin, USA… 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