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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
Editor-in-chief, Center for Investigative Reporting (and a contributing editor at The Atlantic)
Matt Thompson is the editor-in-chief of the Center for Investigative Reporting and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. Previously, he wasexecutive 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 was 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. Read more
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. Read more
Editor-in-Chief, Microsoft News
Rob Bennett is the editor-in-chief and general manager of global content operations for Microsoft News. He is responsible for the content and daily operation of some of the most engaging digital media properties in the world, including MSN.com, reaching nearly 500 million people every month in over 140 countries and 28 languages. Rob has spent the past 27 years working to fuse the power of technology with media to deliver compelling content and shopping services for consumers and new opportunities for marketers. 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. Read more
Lead, R&D at New York Times
Kourtney Bitterly is Lead for The New York Times’ R&D group. Her role is to understand how emerging technology and consumer behavior will impact the way media is consumed and created, and articulate future-focused strategies in response. Her current area of exploration is how voice-assistant platforms will shape content accessibility and content. Kourtney comes to The Times from Matter, a venture capital firm and startup accelerator focused on investing in media startups. Read more
Deputy Vice President, New Initiatives and Impact, ICFJ
As the deputy vice president of New Initiatives and Impact, Luis Botello helps develop and oversee ICFJ’s investigative reporting initiatives and ICFJ’s monitoring and evaluation systems to maximize program impact around the world. Luis works directly with funders to design new projects and proposals. He worked for 10 years as ICFJ’s Latin American program director and launched ICFJ’s International Journalism Network (IJNet), an online media assistance news service. 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
Chief Operating Officer, Vox Media
Trei Brundrett is the chief operating officer at Vox Media, the fastest-growing digital media company today, where he works on priority initiatives at the intersection of journalism, audience growth, design, product, and revenue. Previously, Trei was the Chief Product Officer and the VP, Product & Technology, leading the team that developed Chorus, the company’s publishing, advertising, and community engagement platform from the ground-up. He studied history and astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Trei has spoken at TEDxGeorgetown, SXSW, Blogs With Balls, UT School of Business and several other venues. He was most recently on stage at the International Symposium on Online Journalism 2018where he moderated a panel discussing how to crack the code of successful online video.
Vice President and Editor in Chief, Digital News at Univision Communications Inc.
For more than a decade, Selymar Colón has been at the epicenter of multiplatform journalism, engaging Spanish-language audiences and the Hispanic community in the U.S. with trusted news and information. A digital pioneer, Selymar championed the use of social media in the newsroom and created the first team of multimedia news producers to incorporate digital-only videos into the company’s news strategy. Selymar has produced coverage for one of Hispanic America’s most trusted brand, Univision, converging the best of linear television with today’s digital storytelling. Read more
Investigator, amaBhungane (South Africa)
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. In 2009 Susan joined Carte Blanche, a prime-time investigative journalism television series where she spent five years exposing controversial mining deals, including the politically-connected Goldfields BEE deal as well as the collapse of Aurora Empowerment Systems. 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. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where he co-founded the program in Computational Journalism. Read more
Product Manager, Bloomberg News
Clay Eltzroth is a leader in AI and machine learning with over 15 years of experience in strategy, leadership, product management and end-to-end solutions for companies and the newsroom. He has run the day-to-day operations of a 30-person news company, as well as managed global teams focused on leveraging technology solutions to improve efficiency and accuracy of the content produced. He previously spoke at KDD 2017 on data mining with social media to help uncover breaking news as well as regularly participating in conferences involving the intersection of media and technology. Read more
Investment Director, Luminate
Felipe Eestefan leads Luminate’s efforts in Latin America, managing grants and investments focused on advancing Civic Empowerment, Independent Media, Data & Digital Rights, and Financial Transparency in the region. Read more
Director of Editorial Innovation, Chequeado (Argentina)
Pablo Fernández is the director of editorial innovation at Chequeado. Working on factchecking, automation, new formats and debunking.
He is interested in the crossing of media, experimentation, technology and communication. He received his Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. (UBA). Read more
Director of News Partnerships, The Associated Press
Lisa Gibbs is the director of news partnerships at The Associated Press and the newsroom’s point person on AP’s automation and artificial intelligence strategy group. This includes working with industry leaders and emerging startups to identify smart applications of automation/AI in media, project development, workflow integration and training. Read more
Front-End Engineer, The Texas Tribune
Andrew Gibson is a front-end engineer at The Texas Tribune where he helps make the website move fast and look pretty. Before that, he worked at the Orlando Sentinel, building data visualizations, news apps and interactive projects. Andrew graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2014.
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. Read more
Digital Media Consultant and Advisor
Tim Griggs is an independent consultant and advisor to media organizations around the world, primarily on digital subscriptions and membership, audience-centric practices, newsroom transformation and digital strategy. He’s a coach in the Media Transformation Challenge at Harvard University, the program director of the Facebook Accelerator, a coach in the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative at UNC-Chapel Hill and Arizona State University, co-creator of the American Press Institute’s Better News hub, and co-author of Table Stakes: Getting in the Game of News. Read more
Tony Haile is CEO of Scroll, the new platform dedicated to making a great user experience and sustainable journalism coexist. Previously he was the founding CEO of the analytics company Chartbeat. Tony has been an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and now teaches the course on media disruption at Stanford University. He sits on the board of the Lenfest Institute (which owns the Philadelphia Inquirer) and has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by FastCompany and 40 under 40 by Crain’s NY Business. Read more
General Manager, KUT & KUTX
Debbie Hiott is the general manager of Austin’s NPR station KUT and music station KUTX, and executive director of media operations at UT’s Moody College of Communication. Before going into public media, she spent 28 years at the Austin American-Statesman, starting as a reporting intern and leaving after seven years as the paper’s top editor. She currently serves on the boards of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and Headliners Foundation.
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.
Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times
Kathleen Kingsbury is deputy editorial page editor at The New York Times. She joined the Times in 2017 from the Boston Globe’s newsroom, where she served as managing editor for digital. She also edited the Globe’s Ideas section and served as deputy editorial page editor. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing and edited the Globe’s 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning commentary. Before joining the Globe, Kathleen worked for Time Magazine, where she was a New York-based staff writer and Asia correspondent based in Hong Kong.
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
Executive Producer, Podcasts and Audio, NBC News and MSNBC
Originally from Kansas, Steve Lickteig now lives in Washington, D.C. and works as the executive producer for podcasts and audio for NBC News and MSNBC. Previously, he worked as the executive producer of podcasts at Slate, as the executive producer of NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered and as a producer in various other roles at NPR. Read more
Head of Coral by Vox Media
Andrew Losowsky helps audience improve their communities through Coral by Vox Media, as he has for the past four years. He also worked for The Huffington Post, News Corp, various journalism start ups, as a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and a Visiting Fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project. He drinks a lot of tea.
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 to 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
Director of the School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
Kathleen McElroy is the director of the School of Journalism and a professor at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Journalism in December 2014, after nearly 30 years as a professional journalist. At The New York Times, she held various management positions, including associate managing editor, dining editor, deputy sports editor and deputy editor of the website. She previously worked for The National, an all-sports daily and Newsday on Long Island as well as the Austin American-Statesman, The Huntsville Item and the Bryan-College Station Eagle in Texas. Read more
Digital Strategy Director, Confidencial (Nicaragua)
Cinthia Membreño is the digital strategy director of Confidencial, one of the few independent news outlets in Nicaragua. Currently based in Costa Rica, she works together with editorial, sales and institutional departments to develop new strategies that broaden the scope of the journalistic content, increase audience engagement and strengthen the brand, in order to achieve its business goals. 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.
Executive Producer of Today, Explained podcast, Vox Media
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of Today, Explained, a daily podcast which tackles hard news (but isn’t afraid to make parody songs about the Mueller investigation, too).
Prior to Vox, she produced news talk shows for KQED, KNPR, and KUOW, and briefly worked as a lawyer.
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.
Fact Checker, JTBC (South Korea)
Day-young Oh is the chief of Team Fact Check of JTBC. He has been a broadcasting reporter for over 12 years, political, international, and social affairs. It has been three years since he took charge of the fact check team. Most interested in politics. He is almost the only reporter in Korea doing a fact check every day in live news.
CEO and Founder, NVAlabs.org
Luisa Ortiz Pérez is a disruptive communicator, design thinker and non-violent political action organizer. Co-Founder of Vita-Activa.org | CEO and founder of NVAlabs.org | Co-writer with Estrella Soria of @Hacks_de_Vida (Life Hacks). She has taught and trained journalists, activists, organizers and change makers in social innovation and digital technologies on how to use them safely around the globe since 2003. She holds a PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex.
Reporter, Efecto Cocuyo
Julett Pineda is a Caracas-based reporter for Efecto Cocuyo, a Venezuelan independent online news outlet. She has covered elections, human rights violations and the recent political crisis. In 2018, she won second place in the National Investigative Journalism Contest of the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela for a joint investigation into corruption at the Orinoco Mining Arc. She currently focuses on issues related to health access, malnutrition and public health policies.
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
Professor, New York University
Jay Rosen has been teaching journalism at New York University since 1986. From 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the program. Rosen is the author of PressThink, a blog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists For?, which is about the rise of the civic journalism movement during the pre-internet era. 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 Director, Modern Journalism, Microsoft
Ben Rudolph leads Microsoft’s Modern Journalism initiative, a new program committed to helping the news industry fight fake news, tell stories that resonate with modern audiences, and succeed financially. The program has partnered with 50+ organizations, including AP, Politico EU, Vox and TEGNA, and has helped to co-create more than 100 data storytelling projects. 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
Director of Audio, The Washington Post
Jessica Stahl is the director of audio at The Washington Post, where she oversees the newsroom’s content and strategy in podcasts, voice assistants and other audio storytelling. Under her direction, The Washington Post’s podcast operation has grown in size, reach and ambition. The most recent launch was Post Reports, The Post’s flagship daily news program. 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.
Senior Deputy Managing Editor, The Boston Globe
Jason Tuohey is the senior deputy managing editor for audience engagement and digital platforms at The Boston Globe. In this role, he oversees publishing on BostonGlobe.com and its associated channels, as well as the newsroom strategies used to drive readership growth and subscriber engagement. Jason oversaw the launch of BostonGlobe.com, the Globe’s flagship website, in 2011, and since then has helped shepherd its growth into one of the most successful regional news publications in the country. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Jason has been with the Globe for the past 14 years, driving digital coverage of everything from presidential elections to underinflated footballs.
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
Editor, The Dallas Morning News
Mike Wilson has been editor of The Dallas Morning News since February 2015. He started his career at the Miami Herald, then worked for 18 years at the Tampa Bay Times. As a reporter in Tampa Bay, he was on a team that was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His staff won two Pulitzer prizes during his tenure as an editor. Read more.
Director, Quartz Bot Studio
Emily Withrow is director of the Quartz Bot Studio, where she writes, designs, and builds narrative experiences for messaging and voice platforms. Her work examines how people and bots interact, and how to build meaningful relationships with audiences via these emerging platforms. She’s also faculty at Northwestern University, where she taught for six years prior to joining Quartz. Before that, she worked for The A.V. Club and McKinsey & Company. Withrow spends much of her free time talking with robots, rock climbing, and researching recipes she will eventually abandon for nachos.
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, Department of Communication Studies, 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, Communication Department, 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 and Director, School of Journalism, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Alfred Hermida PhD is an associate professor and director of the School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, and co-founder of The Conversation Canada. With more than two decades of experience in digital journalism, his research explores the transformation of media, with a focus on emerging news practices, media innovation, social media and data journalism. Read more
Associate Professor, Social Sciences Department, 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, Mass Communication, 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, School of Communications, 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, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
Nikki Usher Ph.D. is an associate professor at The School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University and an associate professor at The University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in the College of Media. Her research focuses on news production in the changing digital environment, blending insights from media sociology and political communication. Read more
Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Media Studies, 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
Assistant Professor, Journalism and Media Innovation, Northeastern University
John Wihbey is an assistant professor of journalism and media innovation at Northeastern University, where he heads the graduate programs in the School of Journalism. He is author of the 2019 book The Social Fact: News and Knowledge in a Networked World (MIT Press). He has worked in newspapers, radio, and digital media. His writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, Poynter, and Nieman Journalism Lab, as well as #ISOJ, New Media & Society, and Journalism Practice. Read more
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Reporter and Columnist, Folha de São Paulo Paulo (Brazil)
Patricia Campos Mello is a reporter at large and columnist at Folha de São Paulo newspaper in Brazil. 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
Journalist and Human Rights Defender (Colombia)
Claudia Duque is a Colombian journalist and human rights defender who has paid a huge price for reporting in a country where, in spite of the recent peace process, the numbers of threats and attacks against the press are among the highest in the world, and where impunity remains at 98.81%, according to her own investigations. Claudia’s investigations have led to the opening of legal cases against army members, political and judicial workers for their involvement in criminal actions. Read more
Dr. Michelle Ferrier is Dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. She is the founder of TrollBusters.com, a just-in-time service that helps journalists fight online abuse and has advocated on behalf of journalists worldwide at the United Nations, SXSW, the Online News Association and the European Commission. She is a digital content architect with more than 30 years of experience in new media technologies, digital identity and media entrepreneurship. Read more
Director of Newsroom Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Harlo Holmes is the director of newsroom digital security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large. She is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist; and contributes regularly to the open source mobile security collective The Guardian Project.
Senior Producer, AJ+
Imaeyen Ibanga is a senior producer and presenter with AJ+. Her focus is producing long-form videos focused on contextualizing domestic and international news. In February 2018, she launched the show “Because Facts” on Facebook Watch and in February of 2019 the show debuted its first three-part documentary series. “Divide America” is a documentary series about the rise of far-right violence in the United States. Read more
Patti Birch Fellow, Committee to Protect Journalists
As CPJ‘s 2018 – 2019 Patti Birch fellow for gender and media Freedom, Sarah Guinee is examining online harassment against women journalists, with a focus on threats occurring around national elections. She previously served as a strategy research fellow at Atlantic Media, where she researched evolving journalistic models and markets, and co-authored The Idea, a weekly newsletter on innovation in news media. Sarah earned a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College. She is based in Washington, D.C.
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.
Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)
Elisa Lees Muñoz is the IWMF’s executive director. Elisa leads the organization to achieve its mission to support women journalists to develop their careers by providing training, tools and assistance so that they can work as safely as possible. She enhances the IWMF’s brand, and delivers the annual Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Courage in Photojournalism Award. She is charged with growing the IWMF by expanding its programs into new geographies; introducing new initiatives such as Hostile Environments and First Aid Training (HEFAT)… Read more
Director of Global Security, BuzzFeed
Jason Reich is the director of Global Security at BuzzFeed. Before joining BuzzFeed, Jason led a team of crisis response experts working in the MENA region. He is consulted regularly as a subject matter expert on issues of information security, online harassment, and other media safety programs. Jason is a founding board member of the ACOS Alliance, a coalition of major news companies, journalism organizations, and freelancers, seeking to develop worldwide freelance protection standards.
Co-founder and CEO, Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers
Jorge Luis Sierra is a co-founder and CEO of the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers, a non-profit organization based in Edinburg Texas. He is leading the Investigative Reporting Border Hub project to produce data-driven stories on corruption issues at both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border. As an investigative reporter and editor, Jorge Luis focuses on the intersection of technology, investigative journalism, and cybersecurity. Read more