From April 12 – 13, 2024, the International Symposium on Online Journalism will take place in person at the University of Texas at Austin campus and online, with innovative tools to facilitate the participation of virtual attendees. Editors, producers, executives, and academics from around the world will present during our keynote sessions, panels and social networking events. Join us as we celebrate 25 years of discussions on the evolution of online journalism.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Meredith Kopit Levien

President & CEO, The New York Times Company

Meredith Kopit LevienMeredith Kopit Levien is president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company. She leads the Company’s global operations and directs its business strategy. Before becoming CEO in September 2020, she served as chief operating officer, overseeing all major commercial operations, including subscriptions, advertising, events, and the cross-functional digital product development organization…  Read more

Versha Sharma

Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue

Versha SharmaVersha Sharma is the editor in chief of Teen Vogue, where she is focused on covering social justice, culture, fashion and politics through the lens of young people. Previously, she was managing editor and senior correspondent at NowThis, where she led audience growth across platforms, working at the social video-first company since 2014…  Read more

Galina Timchenko

Co-founder, CEO & Publisher, Meduza (Independent Russian media outlet operating from Latvia)

Galina TimchenkoGalina Timchenko is the co-founder, CEO, and publisher of Meduza — the largest remaining independent Russian news outlet published in both Russian and English. Meduza continues to reach millions of people inside Russia despite the project’s newsroom having to operate from exile for the last nine years… Read more

Wendi C. Thomas

Founding Editor and Publisher, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism

Wendi C. ThomasWendi C. Thomas is the founding editor and publisher of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, an award-winning nonprofit newsroom focused on poverty, power, and policy. Launched in 2017 with freelancers and $3,000, MLK50 has grown to a 12-person organization that has made a measurable, tangible impact in the lives of working class Memphians… Read more

 


SPEAKERS


Becca Aaronson

Chief Product Officer & Co-founder, News Product Alliance

Becca AaronsonBecca Aaronson is chief product officer and co-founder of the News Product Alliance, a global community of support and practice for news product thinkers, and served as their founding executive director. She previously worked as the director of product at Chalkbeat, a non-profit, digital-first network of local newsrooms, overseeing digital product development and visual storytelling… Read more

Hannah Ajakaiye

Journalist, FactsMatterNG (Nigeria)

Hannah AjakaiyeHannah Ajakaiye leads FactsMatterNG, an initiative of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) that promotes information integrity by making facts go viral. The project uses humor, eye-catching videos and graphics to share the truth in a way that is as compelling as the fake news that can spread like wildfire on social media. Hannah is an award-winning journalist and data enthusiast with a passion for development and social justice issues… Read more

Roberson Alphonse

Head of National News, le Nouvelliste (Haiti)

Roberson AlphonseRoberson Alphonse is head of national news at le Nouvelliste, Haiti’s oldest and largest daily newspaper, where he has covered topics including the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, the mismanagement of international aid, gang violence, and the introduction of cholera to Haiti by U.N. Nepalese peacekeepers. Roberson is also the director of information at Radio Magik9, where he hosts a popular daily program… Read more

Rosental C. Alves

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

Rosental AlvesRosental 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… Read more

Dale R. Anglin

Director, Press Forward

Dale R. AnglinDale R. Anglin serves as the inaugural director of Press Forward, the growing coalition of local and national funders committed to investing more than $500 million to strengthen communities, democracy, and local news. Dale has deep experience in leading funder collaboratives, centering equity, and growing supporting local news initiatives… Read more

Sebastián Auyanet

Audience Strategist, Impact and Newsroom Experimentation, NowThis (Uruguay)

Sebastián AuyanetSebastián Auyanet is an Audience Strategist, Impact and Newsroom Experimentation at NowThis. He also works as a consultant focused on business models and audience development, having collaborated with organizations such as ICFJ, IWPR and SembraMedia, and in programs such as MDIF’s Membership Puzzle Project, GNI Startup Labs or Luminate’s Velocidad… Read more

Manasseh Azure Awuni

Founding Editor in Chief, The Fourth Estate (Ghana)

Manasseh Azure AwuniManasseh Azure Awuni is the founding editor in chief of The Fourth Estate, a nonprofit, public interest and investigative journalism project of the Media Foundation for West Africa in Ghana. He previously worked as a senior broadcast journalist for Ghana’s Multimedia Group, where he founded and led the organization’s investigative journalism desk… Read more

María Paulina Baena

Journalist and Co-Creator, La Pulla (Colombia)

María Paulina BaenaMaría Paulina Baena is a Colombian journalist and political scientist. She was co-creator and presenter of La Pulla, an opinion program of the newspaper El Espectador that today has 1.35 million subscribers on YouTube. She was the winner of the Simón Bolívar Prize for Journalism and listed as one of the five best young journalists in the world by One Young World… Read more

Courtney Bengtson

Chief Strategy Officer, Wichita Foundation

Courtney BengtsonWith over a decade in philanthropy, Courtney Bengtson excels in funder, community, and media relations, grantmaking, and market research. As chief strategy officer at Wichita Foundation since October 2021, she guides the organization’s vision, manages a $1M+ grant portfolio, and oversees a $5M impact investment fund… Read more

Jim Brady

Vice President of Journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Jim BradyJim Brady is the Vice President of Journalism for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Brady, who joined Knight in August 2021, is a longtime digital media innovator whose experience ranges from leading major brands such as washingtonpost.com and Digital First Media to bootstrapping a company that built and sold local news sites in three cities… Read more

Trei Brundrett

Senior Advisor (Consultant), American Journalism Project

Trei BrundrettTrei Brundrett serves as senior advisor to AJP; there, he is a consultant leading the Product & AI Studio and working closely with the Startup Studio. He is a co-founder and the former chief operating officer for Vox Media. He was instrumental in growing the company from a collection of sports blogs to a portfolio of over 10 trusted publications… Read more

Janet Coats

Managing Director, Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology

Janet CoatsJanet Coats is the managing director of the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. The Consortium is a multidisciplinary initiative focused on understanding the dynamics that have undermined trust in news and ways that technology can serve as a trust-builder… Read more

Rachel Davis Mersey

Dean, Moody College of Communication, UT Austin

Rachel Davis MerseyRachel Davis Mersey is dean of Moody College of Communication, holds an appointment as Everett D. Collier Centennial Chair in the School of Journalism and Media and is a member of the Communication and Leadership faculty. Before joining the UT faculty, she was as a professor and the associate dean for research at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications… Read more

Lilian Ferreira

General Manager of Strategy and Metrics, UOL (Brazil)

Lilian FerreiraLilian Ferreira is the AI leader at UOL, the largest news portal in Brazil. Responsible for the portal’s digital strategy, she combines data and product to deliver better resources for the newsroom and audience… Read more

Richard Fletcher

Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (UK)

Richard FletcherRichard Fletcher is director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford. He is an award-winning researcher who studies global trends in news consumption and the relationship between technology and journalism. He is lead researcher and co-author of the Digital News Report… Read more

Dawn Garcia

Director, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, Stanford University

Dawn GarciaDawn Garcia is the director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships. She is a passionate advocate and mentor for diverse and emerging leaders who are working to transform journalism around the world. She ensures the JSK Fellowships is continually evolving to stay relevant to journalism. Dawn’s leadership style is collaborative and compassionate… Read more

Manny García

Executive Editor, Austin American-Statesman

Manny GarcíaManny García is the editor of the Austin American-Statesman. He joined the Statesman in February 2021. He previously served as senior editor for the ProPublica-Texas Tribune Investigative Initiative, a new watchdog team that he helped launch in 2020. Before joining ProPublica, Manny served in top leadership roles at the USA Today Network as Standards Editor and East Region Executive Editor… Read more

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Editor In Chief, San Francisco Chronicle

Emilio Garcia-RuizEmilio 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. Emilio was previously the editor for strategic projects, as well as The Post’s Local, Sunday and Sports editors… Read more

Upasna Gautam

Senior Product Management Leader, Digital News Platforms, CNN

Upasna GautamUpasna is a senior product management leader on the Platforms team at CNN, where she leads the development of the content management technology that delivers breaking news to the world. Upasna has been working in the tech industry for the last 15 years and has been an integral part of delivering technical, data-informed solutions for brands such as Ford Motor Company, Valvoline, PCMag, Mashable, Mars Corporation, and Kimberly-Clark… Read more

Richard Gingras

Vice President of News, Google Inc.

Richard GingrasRichard Gingras is Vice President, News at Google. In that role, Richard guides Google’s strategies in how it surfaces news on Google search, Google News, and its smart devices. He also oversees Google’s effort to enable a healthy, open ecosystem for quality journalism, which includes Subscribe with Google, Google’s Tools for Journalists, Accelerated Mobile Pages and various other efforts to enable journalists and news providers to be effective and sustainable… Read more

Nicolás Grossman

Deputy Project Director, Global Index on Responsible AI and the Global Data Barometer (Argentina)

Nicolás GrossmanNicolás Grossman is a sociologist and data journalist specialising in research and open data. He is the deputy project director of the Global Index on Responsible AI and the Global Data Barometer. Previously, he led the Open Data and Data Journalism strategy of Properati, a private-sector real estate platform that launched a disruptive open data and journalism strategy in Latin America… Read more

Andrea L. Guzman

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Northern Illinois University

Andrea L. GuzmanAndrea L. Guzman is an associate professor of communication at Northern Illinois University and co-director of The Human-Machine Communication Lab. Her research focuses on people’s perceptions of and interactions with AI and, as a former journalist, also studies the integration of AI into media industries… Read more

Mónica Guzmán

Senior Fellow for Public Practice, Braver Angels

Mónica GuzmánMónica Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and author who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. She’s senior fellow for public practice at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; host of A Braver Way, a podcast that equips people with the tools they need to bridge the political divide in their everyday lives… Read more

Errin Haines

Editor at Large, The 19th*

Errin HainesErrin Haines is editor at large and a founding mother of The 19th*, a nonprofit, independent newsroom focused on the intersection of gender, politics and policy. She is also an MSNBC Contributor. Prior to joining The 19th*, Errin was national writer on race and ethnicity for The Associated Press… Read more

Sil Hamilton

Researcher-in-residence, Hacks/Hackers (Canada)

Sil HamiltonSil Hamilton is researcher-in-residence at the journalism non-profit Hacks/Hackers. A machine learning researcher at McGill University, Sil has published research exploring the intersection of AI and culture. He has been in Wired, The Financial Times, and Le Devoir; and he has given talks on AI and the newsroom at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard… Read more

Katrice Hardy

Vice President & Executive Editor, The Dallas Morning News

Katrice HardyKatrice is vice president and executive editor of The Dallas Morning News. Previously, she was executive editor of The Indianapolis Star and Midwest regional editor for USA Today Network. When Katrice joined the network in 2016, she was the executive editor of The Greenville News and then took on responsibilities as the South regional editor… Read more

Summer Harlow

Associate Director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Summer HarlowSummer Harlow is the associate director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and a visiting associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She is on leave from Texas A&M University where she’s an associate professor. She has written two books: Digital Native News and the Remaking of Latin American Mainstream and Alternative Journalism, and Liberation Technology in El Salvador: Re-appropriating Social Media among Alternative Media ProjectsRead more

Vanessa D Higgins Joyce

Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University

Vanessa D Higgins JoyceVanessa de Macedo Higgins Joyce is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University and a senior faculty research associate with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Her research focuses on the evolution of journalism in an interconnected world, focusing on transnational and Latin American media and the relationship between journalism and democracy… Read more

Pavla Holcová

Investigative journalist and founder, investigace.cz (Czechia)

Pavla HolcováPavla Holcová is an investigative journalist and founder of the independent outlet investigace.cz, a member center of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. She is also OCCRP’s editor for Central Europe. Pavla has contributed to major cross-border projects such as the Panama Papers, the Russian and Azerbaijani Laundromats, the Pegasus Project, the Pandora Papers, and the Russian Asset Tracker… Read more

Adeline Hulin

Head of Unit, Media and Information Literacy and Digital Competencies, UNESCO (France)

Adeline HulinAdeline Hulin is head of unit for Media and Information Literacy and Digital Competencies at UNESCO Headquarters. She previously worked as the global coordinator for the UNESCO Project Social Media 4 Peace that aims at curbing online harmful content on social media while promoting freedom of expression in conflict prone environment… Read more

Jeff Jarvis

Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism

Jeff JarvisJeff Jarvis is the Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation (soon to be emeritus) at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and an advisor to Montclair State’s Center for Cooperative Media. He is the author of six books and is cohost of the podcasts This Week in Google and AI Inside and blogs at Buzzmachine.com… Read more

Faisal Karimi

Founder & Director, Afghanistan Institute for Research and Media Studies (Afghanistan)

Faisal KarimiFaisal Karimi is the founder and director of the Afghanistan Institute for Research and Media Studies, which includes Afghanistan Women’s News Agency, a multimedia news platform to cover women’s issues in that country, and Kaashi Media. He is the founder and editor in chief of both of those organizations. In 2021, after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and increasing threats to journalists, Faisal helped employees of his women’s news agency escape to the U.S… Read more

Meg Kelly

Senior Reporter, Visual Forensics, The Washington Post

Meg KellyMeg Kelly is an award-winning senior reporter with the Visual Forensics team at the Washington Post, which combines traditional reporting with new technologies. Her work aims to hold power to account regardless of geography – from examinations of apparent war crimes by Myanmar’s military to the Jan. 6 insurrection, for which she shared a Pulitzer Prize… Read more

Damon Kiesow

Knight Chair in Journalism Innovation, Missouri School of Journalism

Damon KiesowDamon Kiesow is a digital media pioneer who specializes in aligning community information needs and business strategy in support of sustainable local journalism. He teaches a senior capstone in audience research and news product thinking, authored the first textbook in News Product Management and is a co-founder of the News Product Alliance… Read more

Efrat Lachter

Investigative journalist, Channel 12 News (Israel)

Efrat LachterEfrat Lachter is an investigative journalist and a war correspondent for Israel’s Channel 12 News. Efrat has directed and produced more than 200 documentary segments on topics including human trafficking in Sudan and Israel, modern-day slavery in Malawi, orphans in Ukraine, internal political corruption in Israel… Read more

Marc Lavallee

Director, Technology, Product and Strategy/Journalism, Knight Foundation

Marc LavalleeMarc Lavallee joined Knight Foundation in May 2022. He is the director of technology product and strategy for the journalism program. Marc brings more than two decades of experience as a software developer and technology executive in the journalism industry to this role. Prior to joining Knight, Marc worked at The New York Times for over a decade… Read more

Abby Livingston

Senior Congressional Reporter, Puck

Abby LivingstonAbby Livingston is the senior Congressional reporter for Puck, a new media company covering money and power in American culture, and she also writes for The Almanac of American Politics, the bible of the political class. Prior to joining Puck, Abby was the first Washington bureau chief for the Texas Tribune… Read more

Josephine Lukito

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Media, UT Austin

Josephine LukitoJosephine (“Jo”) Lukito (she/her) is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism and Media. She is also the director of the Media & Democracy Data Cooperative and a senior faculty research affiliate for the Center for Media Engagement. Jo’s work uses computational and machine learning approaches to study political language… Read more

Yana Lyushnevskaya

Senior Journalist and Deputy Editor in Chief, Kyiv Bureau, BBC Monitoring (Ukraine)

Yana LyushnevskayaYana Lyushnevskaya is a senior journalist and deputy editor in chief in the Kyiv bureau of BBC Monitoring, a division of the BBC that reports on and analyzes global media. She covers media, political and security developments in Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic states… Read more

Eoghan Macguire

Lead Editor, Bellingcat, and JSK Fellow, Stanford University (Netherlands)

Eoghan MacGuireEoghan Macguire is lead editor of the open source investigative outlet, Bellingcat, and a current John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University. Eoghan leads a team of editors and social media producers at Bellingcat while also working with dozens of investigators to bring stories of significant public interest around the world to light… Read more

Nicole MacIntyre

Deputy Editor, Toronto Star (Canada)

Nicole MacIntyre

Nicole MacIntyre is the deputy editor of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper. She joined the paper in 2021, returning nearly two decades after she was part of the Star’s esteemed one-year internship program that has launched many of the country’s top journalists. Previously, Nicole served as the deputy national editor and Toronto editor at the Globe and Mail… Read more

Gina Masullo

Associate Director, Center for Media Engagement, UT Austin

Gina MasulloGina M. Masullo is associate director of the Center for Media Engagement and an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media, both at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of “Online Incivility and Public Debate: Nasty Talk” and “The New Town Hall: Why We Engage Personally with Politicians” and co-editor of “Scandal in a Digital Age”… Read more

Kathleen McElroy

Professor, School of Journalism and Media, UT Austin

Kathleen McElroyKathleen McElroy is a professor and Frank A. Bennack, Jr. Chair in Journalism and co-director of the Center for Ethical Leadership in Media at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from UT-Austin’s School of Journalism and Media after nearly 30 years as a professional journalist. At The New York Times, she held various management positions… Read more

Amy Mitchell

Founding Executive Director, Center for News, Technology & Innovation (CNTI)

Amy MitchellAmy S. Mitchell is the founding executive director of the Center for News, Technology & Innovation (CNTI). Prior to her role at CNTI, Mitchell served as Managing Director of news and Information Research at the Pew Research Center. In her 25 years with Pew Research, Amy helped launch the journalism research program and served as managing director since 2010… Read more

Ángel Nakamura

Multimedia Journalist & Research Fellow, UT Austin (Mexico)

Ángel NakamuraÁngel is a multimedia journalist with 17+ years of covering breaking news and stories in Mexico related to organized crime, politics, social justice and human rights. Ángel has worked in CNN, Bloomberg as a copyeditor and producer. Ángel has also worked on radio, TV and websites in Tamaulipas and Mexico City… Read more

Felipe Neto

Digital Communicator and Founder, VERO (Brazil)

Felipe NetoOwner of one of the most successful YouTube channels in Brazil, Felipe Neto has more than 46 million subscribers. It was the first Portuguese-speaking channel to surpass the mark of one million followers. In 2019, he stood out as the second most viewed YouTuber in the world. Without leaving aside the entertainment, he has embraced political and social causes and led emblematic actions… Read more

Michael Ouimette

Chief Investment Officer, American Journalism Project

Michael OuimetteAs chief investment officer, Michael oversees the programmatic work of the American Journalism Project, including their local philanthropy partnerships, startups and growth investments. Michael previously led the domestic direct-to-consumer businesses at VICE Media and spearheaded efforts to diversify revenue streams and content formats by launching VICE’s first subscription product in the United States and managing its experiential business… Read more

John Palfrey

President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

John PalfreyJohn Palfrey is the President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Palfrey is a well-respected educator, author, legal scholar, and innovator with expertise in how new media is changing learning and education. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover. Palfrey is the board chair of the United States Impact Investing Alliance and serves on the board of the Fidelity Non-Profit Management Foundation… Read more

Marc Perkins

Investigations Editor, Europe and Asia, BBC World Service (UK)

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Victor Pickard

Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Victor PickardVictor Pickard is the C. Edwin Baker Professor of Media Policy and Political Economy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, where he co-directs the Media, Inequality & Change (MIC) Center. Victor’s research focuses on media history, journalism studies, and the normative foundations of media policy… Read more

Lucero Ponce

Editor in Chief, The Daily Texan, UT Austin

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Emily Ramshaw

President & CEO, The 19th*

Emily RamshawEmily Ramshaw is the president and CEO of The 19th*, the nation’s first independent nonprofit newsroom at the intersection of gender, politics and policy. The 19th* aims to elevate the voices of women and LGBTQ+ people — particularly those left at the margins of American media — with free-to-consume and free-to-republish daily journalism, newsletters and live events… Read more

Aimee Rinehart

Senior Product Manager AI Strategy, The Associated Press

Aimee RinehartAimee Rinehart is the senior product manager AI Strategy for The Associated Press. Before joining AP, she was the deputy director of First Draft’s New York bureau helping journalists and newsrooms to identify, verify and report on mis- and disinformation through the 2018 and 2020 U.S. election cycles… Read more

Sue Robinson

Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison

Sue RobinsonA former journalist, Dr. Sue Robinson joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2007 and now holds the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism endowed research chair. As a scholar and teacher, she explores all things journalism and practices “applied research” within newsrooms and with newsroom trainers… Read more

Andrew Rodriguez Calderón

Data Project Lead, The Marshall Project

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Tina Rosenberg

Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network

Tina RosenbergTina Rosenberg is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN). She is a longtime New York Times journalist, writing editorials and Sunday magazine articles. She and SJN co-founder David Bornstein wrote the New York Times Fixes column together for 11 years… Read more

Amy Ross Arguedas

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (UK)

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David Ryfe

Director and Professor, School of Journalism and Media, UT Austin

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Anya Schiffrin

Director, technology and media, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

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Connie Moon Sehat

Senior Research Fellow, Center for News, Technology & Innovation

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Zach Seward

Editorial Director for AI initiatives, The New York Times

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Sonal Shah

CEO, The Texas Tribune

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Evan Smith

Co-founder, The Texas Tribune, and Senior Advisor, Emerson Collective

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Charlie Sykes

Editor in Chief, The Bulwark

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Shawna Thomas

Executive Producer, CBS News’ CBS Mornings

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Steve Waldman

Founder and President, Rebuild Local News

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Haley Willis

Visual Investigations journalist, The New York Times

Haley WillisHaley Willis is a journalist with the Visual Investigations team at The New York Times, which combines traditional reporting with digital and open source methods to investigate issues of conflict, corruption and human rights — from forced labor in China to Israel’s air war in Gaza… Read more