With a heavy heart, we’ve decided to cancel the in-person component of this year’s International Symposium on Online Journalism due to COVID-19. We’ve been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely over the past few weeks and have decided that convening in person would not be prudent at this time. We are, however, going to try to create a virtual ISOJ, where sessions would be available online. We’ll share more details soon. Read more
Speakers will be added to this page as they are confirmed.
Global Head of Digital News, NBC News & MSNBC
Catherine Kim is Global Head of Digital News for NBC News & MSNBC. She manages content, social, editorial strategy and publishing for all news content including, general news, politics, tech, the verticals MACH, BETTER and THINK, the diversity sections NBC BLK, NBC Out, NBC Latino and NBC Asian America and more. She also oversees the digital video properties NBC Stay Tuned, and NBC News’ digital documentaries. Read more
Co-founder and CEO, The 19th
Emily Ramshaw is the co-founder and CEO of The 19th. She was previously editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, an award-winning nonpartisan digital news startup that now boasts the largest statehouse reporting bureau in the country and the nation’s most successful business model for local news. A Washington, D.C., native, Emily started her career at The Dallas Morning News. She is the youngest member of the board of the Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of Northwestern University, Emily lives with her husband and daughter in Austin.
Chairman, The New York Times Company
Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. is chairman of The New York Times Company. Arthur served as publisher of The New York Times from 1992 to 2017. In his quarter-century as publisher, he transformed The Times into an international, digital-first news organization with a global audience of more than 130 million people and 3.5 million paid subscriptions. Early in his tenure, he led the push to take the paper national and, in 1996, launched nytimes.com. Under his leadership, The Times won 61 Pulitzer Prizes, doubling the paper’s total Pulitzer count. Read more
Editor-in-chief, The Guardian
Katharine Viner is editor-in-chief of The Guardian, a position she has held since June 2015. She was deputy editor 2008-2015, launched the award-winning Guardian Australia in 2013, and was also editor of Guardian US, based in New York. Since becoming editor, she has put the Guardian’s purpose at the heart of its journalism, led the development of the Guardian’s successful reader contribution strategy and brought the organization back to a profitable position. Read more
Senior Media Experience Manager, Microsoft News Labs
Deb Adeogba drives innovations at Microsoft News Labs, which aims to co-build innovative solutions with journalists. A 20-year veteran in broadcast journalism, Deb has worked in local TV stations coast to coast. Her most recent position was director of technology for KIRO-TV in Seattle, where she led a team of 40 photographers, editors, remote engineers and directors. In 2018, Deb received the TVNewsCheck’s Technology Women to Watch award for showing significant promise for advancing the broadcast journalism industry technologically. Deb graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from New Mexico State University.
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 moved to Austin from Rio de Janeiro, where he was the managing editor and member of the board of directors of Jornal do Brasil, one of the most important Brazilian newspapers. Rosental worked for that paper for 23 years. He was chosen in 1995 from approximately 200 candidates to be the first holder of the Knight Chair in International Journalism, created by a $1.5 million endowment from the James L. and John S. Knight Foundation. Read more
Senior Producer, Reuters
Christina Anagnostopoulos is a senior producer at Reuters News Agency working on the new fact-checking initiative to identify misinformation in partnership with Facebook. She leads a team of producers in Washington D.C. and Mexico City as part of Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Program. The fact-checking unit at Reuters will work to identify misinformation focusing on the 2020 U.S. election and beyond. Christina brings a passion for U.S. politics, four languages and three years working on verification of user generated content (UGC) at Reuters news agency to this new project. Read more
National Political Reporter, POLITICO
Laura Barrón-López is a national political reporter for POLITICO, covering the 2020 presidential race. Laura covers demographic changes in battleground states, and centers much of her reporting on race and ethnicity. Laura previously led 2018 coverage of Democrats for the Washington Examiner. At the Examiner, Laura covered the DNC’s efforts to reform the power of superdelegates and traveled to competitive districts that propelled Democrats into the House majority. Read more
Editor-in-Chief, Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil)
Sérgio Dávila is the editor-in-chief of Folha de S.Paulo, the leading newspaper in Brazil, with an average of 35 million unique visitors monthly and more than 300 million page views and is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021. He succeeded Otavio Frias Filho (1957-2018), founder of modern Folha and shareholder of the company, who died prematurely two years ago. Before that, Sérgio served as executive-editor of the newspaper from 2010 to 2019. Read more
Research Editor and Latin American Coordinator, ICIJ
Emilia Díaz-Struck is ICIJ’s research editor and Latin American coordinator. She oversees the data accuracy and integrity of all ICIJ projects. She has taken part in cross-border projects such as ICIJ’s Implant Files, Paradise Papers and the Pulitzer winner investigation Panama Papers. ICIJ’s data and research team is at the heart of finding the best approaches to understand and mine large numbers of records that are part of each project. Read more
Investigative Reporter, 444.hu (Hungary)
Peter Erdelyi is an investigative reporter, editor and media manager from Budapest, Hungary, working at one of Hungary’s last remaining independent media outlets, the online news portal 444.hu. He has 19 years of experience in journalism and as an investigative reporter covers national security, issues related to the judiciary, political corruption, hate crimes and extremist groups. As the environment for independent media became increasingly challenging in Hungary over the past few years, he became involved in devising ways to operate and sustain an independent outlet.
Product Director, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kim Fox is a product director for The Philadelphia Inquirer, focused on new product innovation and developing new business models. She earned her MBA from Temple University in 2019, where she focused her studies on corporate transformation. Previously, she was Managing Editor of Audience and Innovation, and was instrumental in helping lead the company’s digital transformation since arriving in December 2016. Read more
Vice President, Reporters Foundation (Poland)
Anna Gielewska is a JSK 2019/20 International Fellow at Stanford, where she is working on a project on countering organized disinformation. Political and investigative reporter, a vice president of the Reporters Foundation, the first organization supporting investigative journalism in Poland. Co-founder of Vsquare Project, a cross-border investigative network in Visegrad countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. She has covered politics in leading Polish newspapers, including Rzeczpospolita, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and most recently Wprost. Trainer at the University of Warsaw.
National Politics Reporter, The New York Times
Katie Glueck is a national politics reporter at The New York Times, where she covers the 2020 presidential campaign with a focus on the Democratic primary. She covered the 2018 midterm elections for McClatchy’s Washington bureau, and reported on the 2012, 2014 and 2016 campaigns for POLITICO. Her work has also appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Washingtonian magazine, Town & Country magazine and The Austin American-Statesman. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and is a native of Kansas City. She lives in New York City.
Head of Growth, Chalkbeat
Alison Go is Chalkbeat’s head of growth, in charge of product, marketing, strategic planning, and business development — and leading Chalkbeat’s efforts to almost triple its geographic reach in the next five years. Previously, she was a product manager at Amazon, Facebook, and Rent the Runway. Alison received her MBA from the Wharton School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. In a former life, she was a reporter and copy editor at U.S. News & World Report, the Boston Globe, and the San Jose Mercury News.
Open Source Investigator, Bellingcat
Charlotte Godart is an open source investigator & trainer for Bellingcat. She researches conflict zones, breaking news events, and the spread of disinformation. She creates online training material that is available for anyone interested in pursuing digital verification through the Bellingcat website. She also travels globally to teach online verification techniques and methodology to journalists, researchers, activists, and lawyers. Before Bellingcat, she was at the UC Berkeley Human Rights Investigations Lab, where she investigated global human rights atrocities and taught undergraduate students how to use the internet for good. Read more
Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Don Heider is the chief executive of the Ethics Center with full responsibility for vision, strategy, fundraising, and leadership. In addition to his role as executive director, Don serves as the John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics and holds an appointment as professor of communication. Formerly, Don was the associate provost for strategy & innovation and dean of the School of Communication at Loyola University in Chicago. He also was the founder of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola. Read more
Editorial Director, The Texas Tribune
Stacy-Marie Ishmael is the new editorial director at The Texas Tribune. She has spent her career at the intersection of media and technology. She’s held product and editorial roles at the Financial Times, Percolate, BuzzFeed News, and Apple and is on the board of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
General Manager, The Compass Experiment
Mandy Jenkins is general manager of The Compass Experiment, a partnership between Google and McClatchy to explore sustainable business models for local news. In her role, she will be leading the launch of three digital-only news operations in U.S. communities that have limited sources of local, independent journalism. The first site launched was Mahoning Matters, in Youngstown, Ohio in October of 2019. Read more
Investigations Editor, Quartz
John Keefe is the investigations editor at Quartz and leads the Quartz AI Studio. Keefe also teaches classes on product prototyping, design, and development at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and runs a product tinkering company called Really Good Smarts LLC. Before joining Quartz, he was senior editor for data news at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists who specialize in data reporting, coding, and design for visualizations and investigations. Read more
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, where she served as managing editor for digital. Ms. Kingsbury joined the Globe’s editorial board in 2013 and later edited the Ideas section, an influential, original Sunday section at the Globe with a tradition of tackling the new thinking, intellectual trends, and big ideas that shape our world. In this role, Ms. Kingsbury was also deputy managing editor for the paper and the deputy editorial page editor. Read more
Political Reporter, Axios
Alexi McCammond is a politics reporter at Axios covering the 2020 presidential election. She’s broken stories on President Trump’s private daily schedules and his Executive Time, White House leaks to Congress regarding sensitive information about Jared and Ivanka’s security clearances, among other things. She’s traveling around the country talking to candidates and voters, as well as conducting focus groups with swing voters in the Midwest for the 2020 election. Alexi previously covered the 2018 midterms for Axios.
Director, 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
Reporter, Education Lab, The Seattle Times
Neal Morton covers systemic problems – and potential solutions – in K-12 schools as an Education Lab reporter with The Seattle Times. He will soon join The Hechinger Report as its first Western education reporter, covering schools in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. He previously reported on the nation’s fifth-largest school district in Las Vegas, his hometown, after working as an education and business reporter in South Texas.
Partner Solutions Manager, Facebook
With extensive experience working across media companies and technology platforms, Rebecca Nathan understands the opportunities and challenges that exist for publishers today. As a manager on the News Partnerships team specializing in video, Rebecca collaborates with digital-first publishers on their optimization and growth strategies across Facebook and Instagram.
Vice President of Business Innovation, The Salt Lake Tribune
Fraser Nelson leads The Salt Lake Tribune’s groundbreaking transition to a nonprofit organization. She has held leadership positions in the government, foundation and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she facilitated social policy innovation projects throughout the US for the Sorenson Impact Center, and served as the first Director of Data and Innovation for the Salt Lake County Mayor. Her nonprofit experience is extensive, including founding the Community Foundation of Utah and an AIDS service organization and serving as CEO of a civil right law firm.
General Editorial Director, Reforma (Mexico)
Juan E. Pardinas is the General Editorial Director of the newspaper Reforma in Mexico, a position he’s held since January 15, 2019. He previously held the position of general director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (Competitividad A.C). Prior to this position, he served as a researcher at the Development Research Center (CIDAC), and he was also a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and the London School of Economics (LSE). Read more
Director, News Catalyst
Aron Pilhofer is director of News Catalyst, a two-year, $2 million project to help local news organizations build better products, drive revenue and become sustainable digital businesses. News Catalyst provides tools and training, fosters collaboration and promotes experimentation within the news industry. We have helped local newsrooms find better tools; helped small newsrooms become more product focused; and co-created SRCCON:Product, the first-ever conference for product and news. Read more
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 Director, Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP)
María Teresa Ronderos Colombian journalist, co-founded and directs the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism, CLIP, which seeds and coordinates cross-border collaborative investigations that seek to hold power to account. She is a regular columnist for daily El Espectador and teaches workshops for journalists with the Fundación Gabo, where she also sits on the board. For almost five years, María Teresa headed the Independent Journalism Program of the Open Society Foundations. Read more
Co-Founder and VP for Innovation, Solutions Journalism Network (SJN)
Tina Rosenberg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times “Opinionator” section. Her books include “Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America,” and “The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism,” which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. She has written for dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic. She is the author, most recently, of “Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.”
Professor, Texas State University
Cindy Royal is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University where she leads the Digital Media Innovation undergraduate degree program and is the director of the Media Innovation Lab. She is also the director of the PhDigital Bootcamp (PhDigitalBootcamp.com), which she conceived in 2017, a program preparing future faculty to lead innovative curriculum. She teaches Web design, coding and digital media innovation courses. Read more
Managing Director, Microsoft News Labs
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
Engagement and Solutions Editor, Richland Source
Brittany Schock is the engagement & solutions editor at Richland Source in Mansfield, Ohio, as well as an alum of the Facebook Accelerator program. Her work with solutions journalism has been award-winning and nationally recognized, and she’s been invited to represent the Source in conversations about journalism all over the country. She is a native of Dayton and a current resident of Shelby. She enjoys dogs, caramel in her coffee, and Ohio State football.
Spanish-speaking Markets Lead, Facebook
Julieta Shama is a digital communicator with strong relationships in SPLatAM’s media Industry. She currently works @ Facebook as Strategic Media Partnership’s Manager, leading Argentina and Chile, working with news media companies and content creators to help them grow and monetize their audiences both on Facebook and Instagram.
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, 21 national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Read more
Co-Founder and CEO, WhereBy.Us
Christopher Sopher is co-founder and CEO of WhereBy.Us, a media technology company whose platform enables creators to build their own media business and help inform and engage their community. Today, WhereBy.Us powers five journalism brands around the country—Miami’s The New Tropic, Seattle’s The Evergrey, Portland’s Bridgeliner, Orlando’s Pulptown, and Pittsburgh’s The Incline—that reach more than 2 million locals every month. Chris previously managed a portfolio of journalism and media innovation grants and investments at Knight Foundation, and has consulted, trained, and spoken for organizations around the world on human-centered design and creating media products for young people. Read more
Professor/Director, Center for Media Engagement, UT Austin
Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud (Ph.D., Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the School of Journalism, as well as the founding and current director of the Center for Media Engagement in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. The Center for Media Engagement examines commercially viable and democratically beneficial ways of improving media. Read more
Associate Director, International Fact-Checking Network
Cristina Tardáguila is the International Fact-Checking Network’s Associate Director. She has lived in Rio de Janeiro for most of her life. Since 2014, Cristina has dedicated her professional life to verification. She is the founder of Agência Lupa, the first fact-checking initiative in her country, and also responsible for LupaEducação, its educational branch. Read more
U.S. Editor, Storyful
Rhona Tarrant is an editor with Storyful, a social media news intelligence agency that verifies footage emerging from breaking news stories for newsrooms. Storyful also specializes in online investigations, including covering misinformation and disinformation, particularly around elections, and online extremism. Before joining Storyful in 2017, Rhona worked as a reporter with RTE Radio 1 and WNYC.
Associate Director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas at Austin
Mallary Tenore is the associate director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication. In this role she oversees the Center’s staff, programmatic work, events, fundraising, and more. She’s also a lecturer in UT’s School of Journalism. She was previously executive director of Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), a media nonprofit, where she created a reporting fellowship and oversaw event management, community engagement, partnerships, fundraising, and the organization’s website and social media presence. Read more
U.S. Director, First Draft
Claire Wardle currently leads the strategic direction and research for First Draft. In 2017 she co-authored the report, Information Disorder: An interdisciplinary Framework for Research and Policy for the Council of Europe. Previous to that she was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and head of social media for the United Nations Refugee Agency. Read more
National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post
Dave Weigel is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post covering Congress and grass-roots political movements. He is the author of “The Show That Never Ends,” a history of progressive rock music.
Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research, Rochester Institute of Technology
Matthew Wright is the director of research for the Global Cybersecurity Institute and a professor of computing security at Rochester Institute of Technology. He graduated with his PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts in May, 2005, where he earned his MS in 2002. His dissertation work examined attacks and defenses of systems that provide anonymity online. Read more
Postdoc, University of Turku, Finland
Kirsi Cheas received her Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki, Finland in 2018. Her research has focused on cross-national comparisons of ways in and extent to which journalists incorporate diverse voices and views in the news. Methodologically and theoretically, her work is inspired by frame analysis as well as Pierre Bourdieu’s field analysis and the concept of symbolic violence. Read more
Associate Professor and Director, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, University of Texas at Arlington
Dustin Harp (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison) is the current director of Women’s & Gender Studies Program and an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Texas at Arlington. A former journalist, Dustin teaches journalism and communication courses. Her research explores the intersections of women, journalism, and mass communication and media, with a specific interest in women and politics and the influence of social media on public discourse. 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, Writing, and Media 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
Cultural historian and media scholar, Finland
Dr. Maiju Kannisto is a cultural historian and media scholar with experience in media industry and journalism studies. She received her PhD. in Cultural History from the University of Turku, Finland. During 2019-2020, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the John Morton Center for North American Studies in a project that examined news coverage of school shootings, the dynamic relationship between legacy media and social media, and the ethical journalism. Read more
Professor/Director, Agora Journalism Center, University of Oregon
Regina Lawrence is a professor in the School of Journalism & Communication and Director of the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on the role of the media in public discourse, politics and policy; gender and the media; and journalistic norms, routines, and innovation. Regina’s books include When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina, winner of the 2016 Doris A. Graber Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association, and Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail.
PhD Candidate, University of California, San Diego
Olga Lazitski is a media scholar and a journalist. Her academic work encompasses issues of propaganda and populism within the contexts of the post-truth era, production of national subjects and nationalist sentiments, public resistance to the hegemonic discourses and oppressive regimes, practices of alternative professional journalism and its role in the public spheres. Read more
Professor, Department of Journalism, Western Washington University
Carolyn Nielsen, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Journalism at Western Washington University and is an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Women Gender and Sexuality Studies. She teaches a mix of skills and theory courses. Her research focuses at the confluence of newsroom sociology, digital technology, and coverage of race and immigration. Her book, Reporting on Race in a Digital Era, was published in February by Palgrave MacMillan. Read more
Associate Professor, Mass Communication, SIU-Edwardsville
Mark Poepsel is an associate professor of Mass Communication at SIU-Edwardsville where he has been for seven years. Mark’s research areas of interest are participatory and entrepreneurial journalism. He teaches media entrepreneurship, science and sustainability media (BIOWIRE), publication design, advanced broadcast writing, introductory mass comm theory, introductory media writing, and feature writing, PR writing, and graduate research methods. Read more
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Kutztown University
Urszula Pruchniewska is an assistant professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the critical analysis of media (particularly social media), digital technologies, and gender. Some of her previous work has explored gendered reporting in global journalism and the negotiation of self-identity by feminist writers online. Most recently, Urszula has been studying everyday feminist activism in digital spaces, such as the use of secret Facebook groups for women’s professional success. Read more
Assistant Instructor, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
As an emerging scholar in science communications and media studies, Ryan Wallace is an interdisciplinary researcher whose background includes the life, physical and social sciences. In 2013, he began his career with a BS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Irvine. Working as a science journalist and grant writer, his unique ability to effectively communicate science sparked a career in media and a keen interest in how science is portrayed to mass audiences. Read more
ISOJ Research Chair, 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