ISOJ is back and better than before! For the second time in our 22-year history, the International Symposium on Online Journalism will be online in 2021. ISOJ Online will be held on April 26 to 30, 2021. Join editors, producers, executives, and academics from around the world in a series of workshops, panels, and social networking events centered on the evolution of online journalism and the impact of the pandemic on journalism today.

 

  • Executive Editor, The Washington Post

    Marty Baron

    Executive Editor, The Washington Post

  • Cofounder and Executive Editor, Capital B

    Akoto Ofori-Atta

    Cofounder and Executive Editor, Capital B

  • Founder and CEO, Punchbowl News

    Anna Palmer

    Founder and CEO, Punchbowl News

  • Founder, Punchbowl

    Jake Sherman

    Founder, Punchbowl

  • Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times

    A.G. Sulzberger

    Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times

  • Editor-in Chief, The Guardian

    Katharine Viner

    Editor-in Chief, The Guardian

  • Cofounder, CEO, and Editor-in Chief, Capital B

    Lauren Williams

    Cofounder, CEO, and Editor-in Chief, Capital B

  • reporter and coordinator of European & Asian partners, ICIJ (Italy)

    Scilla Alecci

    reporter and coordinator of European & Asian partners, ICIJ (Italy)

  • Director of Community Engagement, Southern California Public Radio

    Ashley Alvarado

    Director of Community Engagement, Southern California Public Radio

  • ISOJ Founder and Chair, Professor at the School of Journalism, UT Austin
Founder and director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

    Rosental Alves

    ISOJ Founder and Chair, Professor at the School of Journalism, UT Austin

    Founder and director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

  • Karen Attiah

    Global Opinions Editor, The Washington Post

  • American Journalism Project, CEO

    Sarabeth Berman

    American Journalism Project, CEO

  • Jay Bernhardt, Ph.D.

    Dean, the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin

  • Assistant Director, Audience

    Bobby Blanchard

    Assistant Director for Audience, The Texas Tribune

  • Mint Boonyapanachoti

    Creative Technologist, The New York Times

  • Editorial Page Editor, Los Angeles Times

    Sewell Chan

    Editorial Page Editor, Los Angeles Times

  • Director of Audience & Engagement, Vox

    Nisha Chittal

    Director of Audience & Engagement, Vox

  • Sue Cross

    Executive Director and CEO, Institute of Nonprofit News

  • Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy

    Joan Donovan

    Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy

  • Cultural Heritage Lead, Sketchfab.com

    Thomas Flynn

    Cultural Heritage Lead, Sketchfab.com

  • Editor-In-Chief, San Francisco Chronicle

    Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

    Editor-In-Chief, San Francisco Chronicle

  • Emilee Gilpin

    Managing Editor, Indiginews (Canada)

  • Ferial Haffajee

    Associate Editor, Daily Maverick

  • Kate Harloe

    Journalist and Strategist at NewsQ

  • Robert Hernandez

    Professor of Professional Practice, University of Southern California

  • Lisa Heyamoto

    Senior Program Manager, LION Publishers

  • Retha Hill

    Executive Director of the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, Arizona State University

  • Amber Hinsley

    Professor, Texas State University

  • Cierra Hinton

    Executive Director-Publisher, Scalawag

  • News Lab Director, City Bureau

    Darryl Holliday

    News Lab Director and Co-Founder , City Bureau

  • Harlo Holmes

    Director of Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation

  • Director, CONNECTAS

    Carlos Eduardo Huertas

    Director, CONNECTAS

  • President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

    Alberto Ibargüen

    President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  • CEO, Daraj

    Alia Ibrahim

    CEO, Daraj

  • Mukhtar Ibrahim

    Founder, Sahan Journal

  • Mitra Kalita

    Co-Founder of URL Media, Founder and Publisher of Epicenter NYC

  • Opinion Editor, The New York Times

    Katie Kingsbury

    Opinion Editor, The New York Times

  • Ben Kreimer

    Independent Storytelling Technologist

  • Sara Lomax-Reese

    President and CEO, WURD Radio

  • Patricia Lopez

    Journalist and Editorial Writer at The Star Tribune

  • Heidi J. Larson, PhD

    Director, The Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (U.K.)

  • Director, School of Journalism and Media, University of Texas at Austin

    Kathleen McElroy

    Director, School of Journalism and Media, University of Texas at Austin

  • Maryn McKenna

    Journalist, author and senior fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health

  • Reporter, Finance Uncovered (UK) & The Elephant (Kenya)

    Purity Mukami

    Reporter, Finance Uncovered (UK) & The Elephant (Kenya)

  • Executive Director, IWMF

    Elisa Lees Muñoz

    Executive Director, IWMF

  • Innbal Menashri

    Data Product Manager, Haaretz

  • Frank Mungeam

    Chief Innovation Officer, Local Media Association

  • Mary Nahorniak

    Teaching Fellow, Google News Lab

  • Macollvie J. Neel, M.B.A.

    Managing Editor, The Haitian Times; Founder & Principal, Comms Maven

  • Reporter, Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley

    Gisela Pérez de Acha

    Reporter, Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley

  • Global Director of Research, ICFJ

    Julie Posetti, PhD

    Global Director of Research, ICFJ

  • Jessica Malaty Rivera

    Science Communication Lead, The COVID Tracking Project

  • Karen Rundlet

    Director/Journalism, Knight Foundation

  • Contributor, palabra.

    Nancy San Martín

    Contributor, palabra.

  • Professor, San Diego State University

    Amy Schmitz Weiss

    Professor, San Diego State University

  • Connie Moon Sehat

    Director, News Quality Initiative; Senior Fellow — Media, Entertainment and Sport Industries, World Economic Forum

  • Mazin Sidahmed

    Co-Executive Director, Documented

  • CEO and Co-founder, The Texas Tribune

    Evan Smith

    CEO and Co-founder, The Texas Tribune

  • Lead Consultant, IWMF

    Ela Stapley

    Digital Security Advisor and Founder, Siskin Labs (U.K.)

  • Associate Director, Knight Center for Journalism

    Mallary Tenore

    Associate Director, Knight Center for Journalism

  • Director for Strategic Initiatives, The Washington Post

    Elite Truong

    Director for Strategic Initiatives, The Washington Post

  • Subramaniam (Subbu) Vincent

    Director of Journalism and Media Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University

  • Executive Editor, Pulitzer Center

    Marina Walker Guevara

    Executive Editor, Pulitzer Center

  • Irving Washington

    Executive Director/CEO, ONA

  • Writer and Editor, Slow Boring

    Mathew Yglesias

    Writer and Editor, Slow Boring

  • Director of Engagement, Politico

    Annie Z. Yu

    Director of Engagement, Politico

  • Brandy Zadrozny

    Reporter, NBC News

  • Amanda Zamora

    Co-founder and publisher of The 19th

  • Assistant Professor, San Diego State University

    Lourdes M. Cueva Chacón

    Assistant Professor, San Diego State University

  • Assistant Professor, San Diego State University

    Silvia Dalben

    Media Researcher, Federal University of Minas Gerais

  • Amanda Jurno

    Brazilian researcher

  • Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University

    Marcus Funk

    Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University

  • Associate Professor, Mass Communication, SIU-Edwardsville

    Mark Poepsel

    Associate Professor, Mass Communication, SIU-Edwardsville

  • Associate Professor, School of Journalism at University of Arizona

    Jessica Retis

    Associate Professor, School of Journalism at University of Arizona

  • Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University

    Burton Speakman

    Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University

  • Ryan Wallace

    PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism & Media


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Marty Baron

Executive Editor, The Washington Post

Marty Baron@PostBaron
Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on Jan. 2, 2013. He oversees The Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 800 journalists. Newsrooms under his leadership have won 17 Pulitzer Prizes, including 10 at The Post. The Post during his tenure has won four times for national reporting, twice for explanatory reporting and once each for investigative reporting, criticism, feature photography and public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency… Read more


Akoto Ofori-Atta

Cofounder and Executive Editor, Capital B

@KO_616
Akoto Ofori-Atta is Cofounder and Executive Editor of Capital B. Most recently, she was Managing Editor at The Trace, where she was responsible for partnerships, special projects, and editorial operations. As a founding editor, Akoto helped secure more than 170 local and national editorial partners for The Trace’s features and investigations. Previously, she held the position of Associate Editor and Social Media Manager at The Root and as a Senior Editor at Essence Magazine… Read more


Anna Palmer

Founder and CEO, Punchbowl News

@apalmerdc
Anna Palmer has covered congressional leadership, the lobbying industry, presidential campaigns and the politics of governing for more than 15 years. She has been writing partners with Punchbowl News founder Jake Sherman and co-founder John Bresnahan for 10 years. In 2019, Anna and Jake authored “The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the future of Trump’s America,”… Read more


Jake Sherman

Founder, Punchbowl News

Jake Sherman@JakeSherman
Jake Sherman has been covering national politics for more than a decade, and has focused his reporting on Congress, the congressional leadership and the politics of legislating. He chronicled all of the major legislative battles of the Obama and Trump presidencies, and has traveled the country and the world, reporting on power and politics. Jake and Anna Palmer are the co-authors of “The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America,”… Read more


A.G. Sulzberger

Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times


A.G. Sulzberger has been chairman of The New York Times Company since 2021 and publisher of The New York Times since 2018. With more than 1,700 journalists reporting from around the globe, The Times is the most influential and award-winning English-language news organization in the world. As publisher and chairman, Mr. Sulzberger oversees both newsroom and company operations, and is the principal steward of the independence, ambition and excellence of Times journalism… Read more


Katharine Viner

Editor-in Chief, The Guardian

Katharine Viner@KathViner
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


Lauren Williams

Cofounder, CEO, and Editor-in Chief, Capital B

Lauren Williams@laurenwilliams
Lauren Williams is Cofounder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of Capital B. She is currently SVP and Editor in Chief of Vox, where she manages all editorial and business operations for the explanatory news network. In addition to Vox.com, Lauren oversees one of YouTube’s largest news channels (with 9 million subscribers); more than a dozen podcasts, including the daily news show Today, Explained, and a TV operation, anchored by the Netflix franchise Explained… Read more


SPEAKERS


Scilla Alecci

Reporter and coordinator of European & Asian partners, ICIJ (Italy)

Scilla Alecci@shirafu
Scilla Alecci is an investigative reporter and video journalist for ICIJ. She is also partnership coordinator for Asia and Europe. A native of Italy, before coming to the U.S., Scilla was based in Tokyo where she worked for Bloomberg News and other news organizations. In 2016 she was a member of the Japanese reporting team that took part in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation. Her work has also been published by the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Japanese magazine Shukan Asahi and others… Read more


Ashley Alvarado

Director of Community Engagement, Southern California Public Radio

Ashley Alvarado@ashleyalvarado
Ashley Alvarado is the director of community engagement at Southern California Public Radio (KPCC + LAist). She works to develop strategies and opportunities to engage new and existing audiences across platforms. Ashley is focused on engagement and source development as a means to diversify the sourcing in news coverage and on shows, help enrich programming, and grow audience. Among her efforts is the engagement-driven, community-centered live storytelling series Unheard LA… Read more


Rosental Alves

ISOJ Founder and Chair, Professor at the School of Journalism, UT Austin
Founder and director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Rosental Alves@Rosental
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… Read more


Karen Attiah

Global Opinions Editor, The Washington Post

@KarenAttiah
Karen Attiah is the Global Opinions editor at The Washington Post, writing on international affairs and social issues. She commissions and edits commentary on global issues from a variety of international writers. She is also the host/commentator of award-winning TL; DR series, which focuses on complex identity issues and international stories that can be overlooked or under-covered. She joined The Post in 2014 as a digital producer in the Opinions section. Attiah often writes and speaks on issues relating to race, gender and international politics, with a special interest in Africa. Previously, she reported as a freelancer for the Associated Press while based in the Caribbean.Read more


Sarabeth Berman

American Journalism Project, CEO

Sarabeth Berman@SarabethBerman
Sarabeth Berman is CEO of the American Journalism Project. Previously, she was the Global Head of Public Affairs at Teach For All, a network of social enterprises in 53 countries, where she led communications and marketing, public-sector partnerships, and research and evaluation. Before joining Teach For All, Sarabeth spent seven years in China, where she led fundraising and recruitment at Teach For China… Read more


Jay Bernhardt, Ph.D.

Dean, the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin

@jaybernhardt
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 atRead more


Bobby Blanchard

Assistant Director for Audience, The Texas Tribune

Bobby Blanchard@bobbycblanchard
Bobby Blanchard runs The Texas Tribune’s audience efforts while strategizing with the newsroom to expand the organization’s reach and engagement across all platforms. He strives to ensure the Tribune is a leading voice every day in the conversation online around Texas policy and politics. A graduate of UT-Austin, Bobby spent his first year out of college at The Dallas Morning News as a reporting fellow, covering Texas politics and breaking news. He got his start in journalism in the poorly lit basement of The Daily Texan… Read more


Mint Boonyapanachoti

Creative Technologist, The New York Times

Bobby Blanchard@_woraya_
Mint Boonyapanachoti is a Bangkok-born New York-based creative technologist and 3D designer working at the intersection of storytelling, art, and technology. Her work focuses on 3D capture and immersive visualizations that push the boundaries of reality and create engaging experiences.
Currently, Mint is part of The New York Times Research & Development Lab, where she is exploring how emerging technologies can create and unlock new forms of visual journalism. In R&D, Mint works on various explorations… Read more


Sewell Chan

Editorial Page Editor, Los Angeles Times

Sewell Chan@sewellchan
As the editorial page editor, Sewell Chan oversees the editorial board and the Op-Ed and Sunday Opinion pages of the Los Angeles Times. He was named to the position in April 2020 Chan previously served as a deputy managing editor, overseeing foreign and national news coverage; the front page; the Data and Graphics Department; the copy desks; newsletters; and the editorial library. He also supervised the home page and audience engagement teams and helped reorganize the organization’s News Desk… Read more


Nisha Chittal

Director of Audience & Engagement, Vox

Nisha Chittal@NishaChittal
Nisha Chittal is a journalist and growth-focused editorial leader with over a decade of experience growth for publishers. She is currently the Director of Audience & Engagement at Vox.com, where she leads a team of journalists working on multi-platform editorial and growth strategy. Previously, she has led teams at… Read more


Sue Cross

Executive Director and CEO, Institute of Nonprofit News

@webjournalist
Sue Cross leads the Institute for Nonprofit News, a network of more than 300 independent, nonprofit news media organizations in North America. She joined INN in 2015 to build its emerging media network and advance social enterprise models for investigative and other public service journalism.Read more


Joan Donovan

Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy

@BostonJoan
Dr. Joan Donovan is the Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Dr. Donovan leads the field in examining internet and technology studies, online extremism, media manipulation, and disinformation campaigns. Dr. Donovan leads The Technology and Social Change Project (TaSC). TaSC explores how media manipulation is a means to control public conversation, derail democracy, and disrupt societyRead more


Thomas Flynn

Director for Strategic Initiatives, The Washington Post

Thomas Flynn@nebulousflynn
In his role as Cultural Heritage Lead at Sketchfab, Thomas Flynn supports cultural organizations and projects of all sizes in developing and delivering 3D digitization and publishing programs…. Read more


Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Editor-In-Chief, San Francisco Chronicle

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz
Emilio Garcia-Ruiz is the editor in chief of the San Francisco Chronicle. Prior to that, he served as the managing editor in charge of digital at The Washington Post, overseeing the newsroom’s development, implementation and execution of digital strategy. Garcia-Ruiz was previously the editor for strategic projects, as well as The Post’s Local, Sunday and Sports editors…. Read more


Emilee Gilpin

Managing Editor, Indiginews (Canada)


Emilee Gilpin is managing editor at Indiginews. She has spent her career as a journalist advocating for more Indigenous representation in media, anti-oppression training for journalists and more accurate coverage of Indigenous Peoples, cultures and communities.Read more


Ferial Haffajee

Associate Editor, Daily Maverick

@ferialhaffajee
Ferial Haffajee is currently Associate Editor at the Daily Maverick and was previously editor-at-large at HuffPost South Africa. Ferial was also editor of City Press newspaper from July 2009 until July 2016 and was previously the editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper. She was awarded the 2014 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists and was appointed to the board of the International Press Institute in 2011. She studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.Read more


Robert Hernandez

Professor of Professional Practice, University of Southern California

@webjournalist
Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenueRead more


Lisa Heyamoto

Senior Program Manager, LION Publishers

@lisaheyamoto
Lisa Heyamoto is senior program manager at LION Publishers, where she helps independent news businesses become more sustainable through the GNI Startups Lab. She was previously a reporter at The Seattle Times and The Sacramento Bee, and has been a longtime journalism educator at the University of Oregon. She co-founded The 32 Percent Project, which explores what drives and disrupts trust in the news media. Her work centers on increasing news access for underserved communities and building public trust in journalism. With two decades of experience in newsrooms, classrooms and conference rooms, she is committed to channeling the best of journalism’s past toward a robust, resilient future. She is based in Eugene, Oregon.Read more


Retha Hill

Executive Director of the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, Arizona State University

@rethahill
Retha Hill is on the faculty of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University where she is the executive director of the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab. The Lab’s journalism and computer science majors create innovative products, including virtual, augmented and mixed reality apps and content; Web applications; news game tools; social media tools and mobile apps for media clients. On the entrepreneurship side of the Lab, students create their own media companies and products.Read more


Amber Hinsley

Professor, Texas State University

@amberhinsley
Amber Hinsley is a professor at Texas State University. She is a former journalist, having covered crime in Los Angeles before becoming a newsroom manager. Dr. Hinsley also spent 10 years teaching at another university prior to arriving at Texas StateRead more


Cierra Hinton

Executive Director-Publisher, Scalawag

@iolabhinton
Cierra Hinton excels in her zone of genius as a member at Blue Engine Collaborative, a network of independent consultants and advisors to media organizations around the world. Cierra is a creative strategist; she centers imagination, play, and community in her work. She loves to build with teams and individuals as they drive toward outcomes that matter in a way that is inclusive and authentic. She’s thrilled to currently do that as a coach with the Facebook Sustainability Accelerator and UNC-Knight Table Stakes programs.
In addition to coaching and consulting, Cierra is the Executive Director-Publisher at Scalawag.
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Darryl Holliday

News Lab Director and Co-Founder, City Bureau

Darryl Holliday@d_holli
Darryl Holliday is a journalist, participatory media advocate and media entrepreneur based in Chicago. He’s the co-founder and News Lab Director at City Bureau, a civic journalism lab based on Chicago’s South Side, where he manages the Documenters Network and impact evaluation efforts across the organization. In 2019, Darryl led a team in the creation of Documenters.org… Read more


Carlos Eduardo Huertas

Director, CONNECTAS

Alberto Ibargüen
Carlos Eduardo Huertas is the Director of CONNECTAS and also the Chief of Party of the Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas, a project in alliance with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). CONNECTAS is his last entrepreneurship that began in 2012 as regional journalistic platform in Latam that exposes the abuse of power, promotes the interchange of information and the knowledge about key issues in the Americas. It was started during Huertas period as a Nieman Fellow 2012 at Harvard University with the support of the Knight Foundation… Read more


Alberto Ibargüen

President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Alberto Ibargüen@ibarguen
Alberto Ibargüen is president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism. He graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School… Read more


Alia Ibrahim

CEO, Daraj

Alia Ibrahim@aliaibrahim74
Alia Ibrahim, Lebanon, is co-founder and CEO of Daraj.com, an independent digital media platform launched in November 2017. Before that, Ibrahim was Senior Correspondent at Al-Arabiya News Channel. Since 2015, she has produced and directed investigative reports for the network’s Special Mission program. Ibrahim joined Al-Arabiya in 2008 as a senior news correspondent covering the Arab region. Her opinion and news stories appeared in a number of publications including The Washington Post… Read more


Mukhtar Ibrahim

Founder, Sahan Journal

@mukhtaryare
Mukhtar Ibrahim is the founder of Sahan Journal, a nonprofit news organization that covers Minnesota’s immigrants and new Americans. He previously worked as a reporter for the Star Tribune and MPR News.
Mukhtar is a recipient of a leadership fellowship from Bush Foundation, a “Great Immigrant” award from Carnegie Corporation of New York, Twin Cities Business Magazine’s “100 People to Know”, Islamic Resource Group’s “Building Bridges Award in Media”, and “Above the Fold” award, which honors alumni of the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication under the age of 40 who have made exceptional contributions to their fields.
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Mitra Kalita

Co-Founder of URL Media, Founder and Publisher of Epicenter NYC

@mitrakalita
Mitra Kalita is the co-founder of a new media company called URL Media, a network of Black and Brown owned media organizations that share content, distribution and revenues to increase their long-term sustainability. She is also the publisher of Epicenter-NYC, a newsletter to help New Yorkers get through the pandemicRead more


Katie Kingsbury

Opinion Editor, The New York Times

Katie Kingsbury@katiekings
Katie Kingsbury is Opinion editor at The New York Times. She joined The Times in 2017 from the Boston Globe, where she served as managing editor for digital.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, Kingsbury was also deputy managing editor… Read more


Ben Kreimer

Independent Storytelling Technologist

@benkreimer
Ben Kreimer is a technologist using emerging and emerged media technologies tools to reveal content, tell stories and support mission-driven work. By pursuing enduring applications for novel technologies, he focuses on democratizing access to hardware and software, including the use of open-source platforms and low-cost hacks and materials. A 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Media honoreeRead more


Heidi J. Larson, PhD

Director, The Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (U.K.)

@ProfHeidiLarson
Heidi J. Larson, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science and is the Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is also Clinical Professor of Health Metrics Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, and Guest Professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.Read more


Sara Lomax-Reese

President and CEO, WURD Radio

@slomaxreese
Sara Lomax-Reese is the President and CEO of WURD Radio, LLC, Pennsylvania’s only African-American owned talk radio station. She is credited with transforming WURD Radio from a legacy talk radio station to a multimedia communications company providing cutting edge, original programming on air, online and through community events. In 2017, Sara led the expansion of 900AM-WURD to the FM dial, now simulcasting on both 900AM and 96.1FM. In 2018, Sara spearheaded the launch of an environmental justice journalism platform called ecoWURD.com. And this year she is launching a new initiative called Lively-HOOD focused on jobs, career readiness and entrepreneurship to address the persistent wealth gap in the Black community.Read more


Kathleen McElroy

Director, School of Journalism and Media, University of Texas at Austin

Kathleen McElroy@kathleeno
Kathleen McElroy is the director of School of Journalism and Media and a professor at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Journalism and Media 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… Read more


Maryn McKenna

Journalist, author and senior fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health

Maryn McKenna@mattyglesias
Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist who specializes in public health, global health and food policy, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University, where she teaches health and science writing and storytelling. She is a contributor to WIRED and author of the 2017 bestseller BIG CHICKEN: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, which received the 2018 Science in Society Award and was named a best book of 2017 by Amazon, Smithsonian, Science News, Wired, Civil Eats… Read more


Purity Mukami

Reporter, Finance Uncovered (UK) & The Elephant (Kenya)

Purity Mukami@MukamiPurity
Purity Mukami will join the panel from Nairobi, Kenya, where she works as a reporter and data scientist specializing in statistical data investigative journalism. She has worked for Africa Uncensored and now a fellow at Finance Uncovered and The Elephant. She has also worked with BBC Africa Eye, the ICIJ, OCCRP and more… Read more


Elisa Lees Muñoz

Executive Director, IWMF

Elisa Lees Muñoz@ElisaLeesMunoz
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… Read more


Macollvie J. Neel, M.B.A.

Managing Editor, The Haitian Times; Founder & Principal, Comms Maven


Macollvie J. Neel is an independent writer, editor and communications consultant specializing in elevating voices via media spaces and workplaces. At The Haitian Times, Macollvie leads editorial strategy and coaches reporters, focusing on highlighting the nuanced perspectives of this underrepresented immigrant community. She often contributes to Insider, Yes Magazine, Feet In Two Worlds, among various organizations. In her consulting rolesRead more


Gisela Pérez de Acha

Reporter, Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley

Gisela Pérez de Acha@giselilla
Gisela Pérez de Acha is a journalist focused on digital forensics and investigative reporting. She is a trained human rights lawyer with a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley where she teaches cybersecurity for upcoming journalists. Gisela is also a reporter on the extremism beat at the Investigative Reporting Program and part of an Emmy award-winning team at the New York Times for her collaboration on the story about The Siege of Culiacán… Read more


Julie Posetti, PhD

Global Director of Research, ICFJ

Julie Posetti, PhD@julieposetti
Dr. Julie Posetti is a multi-award winning, internationally published journalist and academic. She is the inaugural Global Director of Research with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) where she leads a major UNESCO-Commissioned global study into online violence against women journalists, and the Journalism and the Pandemic Project (in collaboration with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University)… Read more


Jessica Malaty Rivera

Science Communication Lead, The COVID Tracking Project

@jessicamalaty
Jessica Malaty Rivera is an infectious disease epidemiologist and science communicator. She earned her MS in Emerging Infectious Diseases from the Georgetown School of Medicine and has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to disease surveillance research, public health policy, and vaccine advocacy. Her specialty is in translating complex scientific concepts into impactful, judgement-free, and accessible information for a diverse audience. She is currently the Science Communication Lead for The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, a researcher with the COVID-19 Dispersed Volunteer Research Network and an expert contributor for NBC Bay Area and CNN. Between her day jobs and being a full time mama to two little kids, she also dedicates several hours a week to promoting science literacy and debunking misinformation on social media.Read more


Karen Rundlet

Director/Journalism, Knight Foundation

@kbmiami
Karen Rundlet is a journalism program officer at Knight Foundation. A journalist, Rundlet spent the first part of her career working as a television news producer in Miami (WPLG-TV), Atlanta (WAGA-TV) and New York (WNBC-TV). During those years, she produced long-form programs and live newscasts, covering events such as 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and WilmaRead more


Nancy San Martín

Contributor, palabra.

Nancy San Martín@nsanmartin
Nancy San Martín, a contributor for NAHJ’s digital publication palabra., has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor. She currently serves as Deputy Managing Editor for History & Culture at National Geographic. At NatGeo, she works with a diverse group of contributors to create authentic and inclusive stories about both historical topics and the modern day human condition, reflecting successes as well as global challenges across multiple platforms… Read more


Amy Schmitz Weiss

Professor, San Diego State University

Amy Schmitz Weiss@digitalamysw
Amy Schmitz Weiss is a 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 has received multiple internal and external grants for her research in digital journalism innovation from AEJMC, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Online News Association, SDSU University Grants Program… Read more


Mazin Sidahmed

Co-Executive Director, Documented

@mazsidahmed
Mazin Sidahmed is a co-founding editor and senior reporter at Documented, a nonprofit news site that covers immigration in the New York area. Before founding Documented, he was a reporter at the Guardian US in New York on the national desk as well as with the award-winning Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab. He started his career covering the Syrian refugee crisisRead more


Evan Smith

CEO and Co-founder, The Texas Tribune

Evan Smith@evanasmith
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… Read more


Ela Stapley

Digital Security Advisor and Founder of Siskin Labs (U.K.)

Ela Stapley@elastapley
Ela Stapley is a digital safety advisor working internationally to support journalists with their digital security needs. She works with the IWMF as lead consultant on their online harassment initiative where she manages and shapes projects that focus on bolstering the security of women journalists online. Ela also leads on digital safety on the emergencies team at the Committee to Protect Journalists… Read more


Mallary Tenore

Associate Director, Knight Center for Journalism

Mallary Tenore@mallarytenore
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 helps oversee the Center’s staff, programmatic work, events, fundraising, and more. She’s also part of the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism and Media. 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


Elite Truong

Director for Strategic Initiatives, The Washington Post

Elite Truong@elitetruong
Elite Truong is the director for strategic initiatives at The Washington Post, where she oversees Lede Lab, a team focused on producing experimental, technology-driven storytelling projects working with The Post’s journalism, technology and advertising teams. She’s worked on projects such as “How to Dress for Space,” the Apollo 11 50th anniversary space suit timeline in augmented reality, the animated virtual reality film “12 Seconds of Gunfire” that the Post debuted at Tribeca Film Festival, and Claire, The Post’s AI reporter that updated and distributed thousands of live election audio results through Post podcasts during the 2020 presidential election… Read more


Marina Walker Guevara

Executive Editor, Pulitzer Center

Marina Walker Guevara
Marina Walker Guevara is executive editor at the Pulitzer Center. Before, Walker Guevara was deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a network of reporters in more than 90 countries who collaborate on stories of global concern. She managed the two largest collaborations of reporters in journalism history: The Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, which involved hundreds of journalists… Read more


Irving Washington

Executive Director/CEO, ONA

@IrvWashington3
Irving Washington, is the Executive Director/CEO for the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists. As a media diversity advocate, Irving has led programming and fundraising initiatives for journalists, media professionals, and students worldwide. Before joining ONA, he worked for the National Association of Black Journalists and the Radio-Television Digital News Association. He earned the designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)Read more


Mathew Yglesias

Writer and Editor, Slow Boring

Mathew Yglesias@mattyglesias
Mathew Yglesias is a journalist, blogger, and podcaster. He is the founder of Slow Boring, a blog and newsletter on American politics and public policy. He co-founded Vox.com with Ezra Klein and Melissa Bell back in the spring of 2014. Before launching Vox, he was the author of the Moneybag column for Slate and before that he wrote and blogged for Think Progress, The Atlantic, TPM, and The American Prospect… Read more


Annie Z. Yu

Director of Engagement, Politico

Annie Z. Yu@anniezyu
Annie Z. Yu is Politico’s director of engagement. She oversees a team that manages engagement strategy, social storytelling, off-platform distribution/partnerships and other experimental opportunities to reach new audiences and build deeper connections with readers… Read more


Brandy Zadrozny

Reporter, NBC News

@BrandyZadrozny
Brandy Zadrozny is an award-winning investigative and features reporter for NBC News where she covers misinformation, extremism, and the internet. She’s written definitive stories on the QAnon conspiracy, conservative outlet The Epoch Times, and the profiteers behind the rising anti-vaccination movement and coronavirus misinformation online.Read more

Amanda Zamora

Co-founder and publisher of The 19th

@amzam
Amanda Zamora is the co-founder and publisher of The 19th. Previously, Amanda spent nearly two decades as a digital editor, product manager and audience strategist at newsrooms including The Texas Tribune, ProPublica and The Washington Post. A Houston native, Amanda has a bachelor’s in journalism fromRead more


RESEARCHERS


Lourdes M. Cueva Chacón

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University

Lourdes M. Cueva Chacón
Lourdes M. Cueva Chacón is an assistant professor for the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020. She earned her Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2010 and her Master of Science in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. She has taught in different positions at The University of Texas at El Paso… Read more


Silvia Dalben

Media Researcher, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Silvia Dalben
Silvia Dalben is a Media researcher at R-EST Sociotechnical Network Studies at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG / Brazil) and PhD student at University of Texas at Austin (USA / 2021-2025). Lecturer at UNA University Center (Brazil). Earned a master’s degree in communication (2018) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais researching automated journalism, and her dissertation won Adelmo Genro Filho Award granted by SBPJor – Brazilian Association of Researchers in Journalism… Read more


Amanda Jurno

Brazilian researcher

@AmandaJurno
Amanda Jurno is a PhD and Master by the Post-Graduate Program in Communication at Federal University of Minas Gerais – Brazil. She is also a journalist with a degree from the same University. Member of R-EST – Studies of Sociotechnical Networks (UFMG) and GAIA – Group of Arts and Artificial Intelligence (USP), she researches platforms, algorithms and digital media in relation to communication – especially journalism.Read more


Marcus Funk

Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University

@DrFunk42
Dr. Funk is a published journalism scholar, reporter, editor and news junkie. His research focuses on podcasting, far right media and emerging and traditional community journalism. He worked as an editor, reporter and Legislature correspondent for a variety of large and small Texas newsrooms before earning his Ph.D. in journalismRead more


Mark Poepsel

Associate Professor, Mass Communication, SIU-Edwardsville

Mark Poepsel@markpoepsel
Mark Poepsel is an associate professor of Mass Communication at SIU-Edwardsville where he has been for eight years. Mark’s research areas include engaged journalism and anti-media sentiment. He teaches media entrepreneurship, science & media literacy, publication design, advanced broadcast writing, and other courses as needed. Mark led a group of journalism students on a study abroad trip to Buenos Aires in 2019… Read more


Jessica Retis

Associate Professor, School of Journalism at University of Arizona

Jessica Retis@jretis
Jessica Retis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism, Director of the Master’s in Bilingual Journalism and Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Practice Program at the University of Arizona. She holds a Major in Communications (University of Lima, Peru), a Masters in Latin American Studies (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Latin America… Read more


Burton Speakman

Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University

Burton Speakman@BurtonSpeakman
Burton Speakman is an assistant professor of journalism at Kennesaw State University. He spent 13 years in the journalism industry as a reporter and editor in Kentucky, Ohio and Texas working in community journalism.… Read more


Ryan Wallace

PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism & Media

@utwallace
Ryan Wallace is a researcher and doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism & Media. In 2013, he began his research career with a BS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Irvine. In 2017, he also received an MS in Biotechnology from Cal State University, San Marcos. With a multidisciplinary background, his research interests focus on how science is portrayed in the media, and ways in which researchers and journalistsRead more


WORKSHOP SPEAKERS


Amal Ahmed

Reporter, Texas Observer

@amalahmed214
Amal Ahmed is a general assignment reporter at the Texas Observer. Originally from Dallas, she has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and previously worked at The Texas Monthly as a fact checker. Her work has appeared in publications such as Southerly, CityLab, The Atlantic and Popular Science. Read more


Ludovic Blecher

Head of DNI Innovation Fund, Google

@lblecher
Ludovic Blecher is the head of the Google Digital News Innovation fund. Previously, he was the director of the FINP a Digital Press Fund for French Publishers backed by Google. Blecher is a journalist and has spent 15 years in the news industry. He was a reporter, then Editor in Chief and executive director of Liberation.fr. He was a 2012 Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a member of the French Digital Council an independent advisory commission for the French Government. Read more


Styli Charalambous

CEO, Daily Maverick

@StyliChara
Styli Charalambous co-founded Daily Maverick in 2009 with editor-in-chief, Branko Brkic. Over the last decade, he helped launch new products and the organisation’s membership plan while navigating industry disruption and the country’s politics. Read more


Kate Harloe

Journalist and Strategist at NewsQ

@kateharloe
Kate Harloe is a Strategist and Researcher at the News Quality Initiative, where she leads the project’s Review Panels of journalists & scholars who study news quality online. She is also a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in Mother Jones Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, The Rumpus, NCPR, and many other places. She has received a variety of awards for her work, including a Society of Professional Journalists award, a national Foreign Language & Area Studies award, and a Fellowship for the Study of Professional Ethics at Auschwitz, among other honors. She has also worked for WIRED Magazine, NewsGuard, Crosscut Public Media, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.Read more


Harlo Holmes

Director of Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation

@harlo
Harlo Holmes is the director of 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 was a regular contributor to the open source mobile
security collective The Guardian Project.
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Maria Li

Chief Operating Officer, Tech in Asia


Maria Li is the Chief Operating Officer for Tech in Asia, one of the leading digital media publications covering Asia’s tech and startup scene. Prior to Tech in Asia, Maria worked at Apple as a business operations and commercial strategy manager in Cupertino and Singapore. She began her career as an emerging markets consultant with Deloitte, leveraging her MBA from Wharton and MPP from the University of Virginia. Read more


Patricia Lopez

Journalist and Editorial Writer at The Star Tribune

@StribLopez
Patricia Lopez joined the Star Tribune editorial board in 2016 and writes about national and state politics, including Congress, tax policy, budgets, immigration, guns, criminal justice, trade, elections and other issues. Lopez was the political editor from 2009 to 2016, directing coverage for the Star Tribune’s Washington, D.C. and State Capitol bureaus, including the Legislature, the Minnesota congressional delegation and elections. Previously she was the Star Tribune’s chief political writer, covering state government, budget and tax policy and U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections.Read more


Juan Manuel Lucero

News Lab Lead, Argentina, Google News Lab

@jmlucero
Juan Manuel Lucero is the News Lab Lead in Argentina at the Google News Lab. Since 2016, Juan has worked closely with media organizations to foster innovation and develop partnerships and training programs for the Spanish-speaking Latin American region. One of the programs, the “GNI Live” online training sessions, reached more than 20,000 Latin American journalists from 19 countries in one year. He has also promoted digital transformation initiatives as well as diversity and inclusion in the media. Read more


Innbal Menashri

Data Product Manager, Haaretz


Innbal Menashri is the Data Product Manager at Haaretz, one of Israel’s leading national newspapers. She has over 20 years of experience with digital projects in leading media companies and a special interest in data-propelled products and user experienceRead more


Frank Mungeam

Chief Innovation Officer, Local Media Association

@frankwords
Frank Mungeam is Chief Innovation Officer at the Local Media Association, where he leads a nationwide collaborative of local newsrooms reporting on climate change; he also leads a lab on philanthropic funding for local news. He was previously Knight Professor of Practice in TV News Innovation at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism; and VP of Digital Content for TEGNA.Read more


Mary Nahorniak

Teaching Fellow, Google News Lab

@maryvale
Mary Nahorniak is Google News Lab’s U.S. teaching fellow, focused on collaborating with journalists and entrepreneurs to drive innovation in news. She was previously part of USA TODAY’s leadership team as the director of audience, responsible for the organization’s digital platforms and a 24/7 team of nearly 30 editors. Mary was one of the first journalists pioneering how newsrooms can directly connect with audiences through social platforms, beginning at The Baltimore Sun in the mid-2000s. She’s also an ACC-certified leadership coach and has helped clients at ESPN, Harvard Business Review and the U.S. Department of Justice define and realize their goals. Mary believes in empathetic leadership, audience-centered strategy and strong coffee. Read more


Tai Nalon

Co-Founder, Aos Fatos

@tainalon
Tai Nalon is co-founder and CEO of the award winning misinformation monitoring watchdog company Aos Fatos. With over 13 years of experience in newsrooms and journalism innovation projects, she has worked for several media companies in Rio, Brasília and São Paulo, including Folha de S.Paulo, piauí, G1 and Veja, always with a focus on national politics and public policies.Read more


John-Allan Namu

CEO, Africa Uncensored

@Johnallannamu
John-Allan Namu is an investigative journalist and the CEO of Africa Uncensored, an investigative and in-depth journalism production house in Nairobi, Kenya. He has been a writer for a long time, based out of Nairobi, from where he has written about issues and occasions in Kenya and the area. Read more


Donovan Quintero

Reporter, Navajo Times


Donovan Quintero was born on the Navajo Reservation. He has worked as a freelancer and staffer, for the Navajo Times newspaper in Window Rock, Arizona. Quintero is the recipient of the 2019 and 2020 Nina Mason Pullman Environmental Journalism Awards for his reporting on early snowmelt to fire management. The 2019 Nina Mason Pulliam award earned Quintero a chance to attend the Society of Enviromental Journalists conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he met like-minded journalists dedicated to reporting on environmental issues. Read more


Connie Moon Sehat

Director, News Quality Initiative; Senior Fellow — Media, Entertainment and Sport Industries, World Economic Forum

@msconnie
Connie Moon Sehat leads the News Quality Initiative, an effort by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and supported by Hacks/Hackers. She has focused on the intersections of technology and democratic life for the past twenty years, including the direction of projects like NewsFrames at Global Voices, the New Orleans Research Collaborative, and ELMO (election, human rights, and health monitoring). Her doctorate from Rice University specialized in twentieth century German history, with minor fields in Enlightenment Europe and Modern Japan. Dr. Sehat’s first job out of college allowed her to develop software for the International Space Station. Since then, she has also worked for The Carter Center, Emory University, and The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.Read more


Subramaniam (Subbu) Vincent

Director of Journalism and Media Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University

@subbuvincent
Subramaniam (Subbu) Vincent is Director of the Journalism and Media Ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University. Subbu works on developing tools and frameworks to help advance new norms in journalism practice, new vocabulary and signals to help the public process and demand ethical media, and ethical news distribution. During 2017-18, Subbu was Tech Lead for The Trust Project at the Markkula Center. Prior to working for the Center, he was a 2016 John S Knight fellow at Stanford University. In his media career, he was publisher and editor-in-chief for two news magazines in Bangalore, India. Prior to that, he was a software engineer in Silicon Valley.Read more


Mark Schleifstein

Reporter, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

@MSchleifstein
Mark Schleifstein is the environment reporter for The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate | NOLA.com, and a member of its Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team. Schleifstein’s reporting is part of the “Polluter’s Paradise” series on the state’s petrochemical industry, published in the paper and online on NOLA.com and ProPublica. The series won awards in 2020 from the National Association of Science Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Society of News Design. His stories on Hurricane Katrina were among the Times-Picayune’s stories honored with 2006 Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service and Breaking News Reporting Read more