The 21st ISOJ was held July 20 – 24, 2020.

For the first time in its 21-year history, the International Symposium on Online Journalism was online only in 2020. ISOJ Online was held during the week of July 20 to 24, 2020. Instead of the two full days, as we have had with the in-person conference in Austin, we scheduled ISOJ Online throughout chunks of time from Monday to Friday. Check the program, the amazing lineup of speakers and watch all sessions on YouTube, in English and with translation to Spanish. If you want to receive updates via email, please subscribe to ISOJ’s mailing list by sending a message to Also, come back to our site for updates and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.




ISOJ 2020 Archive

Keynote speaker: Maria Ressa

Chair: Reg Chua, global managing editor, operations, Reuters

  • Maria Ressa, founder and CEO, Rappler, Philippines

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Brunch Workshop: No-code data journalism: How to go beyond infographics and engage audiences

  • Vera Chan, senior manager, worldwide journalists relations, Microsoft News Lab

  • Cathleen Crowley,data journalist, Albany Times Union

  • Verah Okeyo,Global Health Reporter and Project Lead for the Diversity and Inclusion, Daily Nation, Kenya

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Covering electoral campaigns in the digital age: Challenges of the 2020 presidential election in the U.S.

Chair: Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO, Texas Tribune

  • Laura Barrón-López, national political reporter, Politico

  • Katie Glueck, national politics reporter, The New York Times

  • Alexi McCammond, political reporter, Axios

  • David Weigel, national political correspondent, The Washington Post

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The New Local News: Reinventing sustainable models to make local journalism survive and thrive in the digital ecosystem

Chair: Jennifer Preston, vice president, journalism, Knight Foundation

  • Sara Lomax-Reese, CEO, WURD Radio

  • Alison Go, chief strategy officer, Chalkbeat

  • Mandy Jenkins, general manager, The Compass Experiment (partnership Google-McClatchy)

  • Fraser Nelson, vice president of business innovation, Salt Lake Tribune

  • Chris Sopher, co-founder and CEO,

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Keynote session: Catherine Kim

Chair: Robert Hernandez, Professor of professional practice, University of Southern California

  • Catherine Kim, global head of digital news, NBC News & MSNBC

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Brunch Workshop: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Newsroom

  • Michael Grant, Teacher Fellow, Google News Initiative (workshop in English)

  • Juan Manuel Lucero, Coordinator, Google News Initiative (workshop in Spanish), Argentina

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Journalism in a pandemic: Covering COVID-19 now and in the future

Chair: Deborah Blum, director, Knight Science Journalism program, MIT

  • Kai Kupferschmidt, contributing correspondent, Science, Germany

  • Helen Branswell, senior writer, infectious diseases, Stat News

  • Alvaro Pereira, reporter, TV Globo, Brazil

  • Vidya Krishnan, freelance journalist, Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, Caravan Magazine, India

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Disinformation and Misinformation: What can be done beyond traditional fact-checking?

Chair: Talia Stroud,professor/director, Center for Media Engagement, University of Texas at Austin

  • Don Heider, executive-director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

  • Cristina Tardáguila, associate-director, Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network

  • Craig Silverman, media editor, BuzzFeed

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Keynote session: Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora

Chair: Matt Thompson, editor-in-chief, eveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

  • Emily Ramshaw & Amanda Zamora, founders, The 19th

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Brunch Workshop: How journalists can use Tik Tok to find stories and monitor disinformation

  • Laura Garcia, training and support manager, First Draft

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All the president’s attacks: Coping with governments that weaponize social media and campaign against independent media

Chair: Kathleen Kingsbury,editorial page editor,The New York Times , University of Texas at Austin

  • Sérgio Dávila, editor-in-chief, Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil

  • Peter Erdelyi, senior editor,, Hungary

  • Anna Gielewska, political & investigative reporter, vice president of Reporters Foundation, Poland

  • Juan E. Pardinas, General Editorial Director, Reforma, Mexico

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From problems to solutions: How solutions journalism can shift and shape media coverage

Chair: Mallary Tenore, associate director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

  • Dahlia Bazzaz, Education Lab reporter, Seattle Times

  • Tina Rosenberg, co-founder and vice president of innovation, Solutions Journalism Network (SJN)

  • Brittany Schock, engagement and solutions editor, Richland Source

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Research breakfast seminar: Gender, media, and politics in the digital age

Chair: Dustin Harp, associate professor and director, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, University of Texas at Arlington

  • Regina Lawrence, professor/director, Agora Journalism Center, University of Oregon

  • Urszula Pruchniewska, assistant professor, Communication Studies, Kutztown University

  • Ingrid Bachmann, professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

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Keynote session: Nikole Hannah-Jones

Chair: Jeff Jarvis, director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, reporter, New York Times Magazine

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Brunch Workshop: Building Trust: Best Practices to improve engagement through transparency, inclusion and ethics

  • Sally Lehrman, chief executive officer, Trust Project

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Research Panel: Power, privilege and patriarchy in journalism: Dynamics of media control, resistance and renewal (peer-reviewed papers presentation)

Chair: Alfred Hermida, professor and director of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia (Canada), guest editor of #ISOJ Research Journal

  • Insights, issues and ideas on power, privilege and patriarchy in journalism, Alfred Hermida

  • “We Are the 200%”: How Mitú Constructs Latino American Identity Through Discourse, Ryan Wallace, University of Texas at Austin

  • Alternative professional journalism in the post-Crimean Russia: Online resistance to the Kremlin propaganda and status quo, Olga Lazitski, University of California, San Diego

  • #MarchForOurLives: Tweeted teen voices in online news, Kirsi Cheas, Maiju Kannisto, and Noora Juvonen, University of Turku, Finland

  • Send her back: News narratives, Intersectionality, and the rise of politically powerful women of color, Carolyn Nielsen, Western Washington University

  • Participatory journalism and the hegemony of men, Mark Poepsel, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

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Product Management: How news organizations can become more audience-oriented, data-driven and product-focused

Chair: Cindy Royal, professor and director of the Media Innovation Lab, Texas State University

  • Deb Adeogba, senior media experience manager, Microsoft News

  • Millie Tran, chief product officer, The Texas Tribune

  • Aron Pilhofer, James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation, Temple University, and director, News Catalyst

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Keynote session: Tom Rosenstiel

Chair: Kathleen McElroy, director, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism

  • Tom Rosenstiel, executive director,American Press Institute

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Brunch Workshop: Seeking New Ideas to Fund Public Interest Media in the U.S. and Globally

Chair: Anya Schiffrin, senior lecturer, Columbia University

  • Sarabeth Berman, CEO, American Journalism Project

  • Elizabeth Green, founder and CEO of Chalkbeat, co-founder and co-chair of the board, American Journalism Project

  • Nishant Lalwani, managing director, Luminate, United Kingdom

  • Dele Olojede, founder and host, Africa In the World, South Africa

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Online investigations: How journalists are using AI (artificial intelligence) and OSINT (open source intelligence)

Chair: Maria Teresa Ronderos, founder, CLIP (Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism), Colombia

  • Emilia Díaz-Struck, research editor and Latin America coordinator, ICIJ

  • Charlotte Godart, open source investigator & trainer, Bellingcat, United Kingdom

  • John Keefe, adjunct professor, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

  • Haley Willis, visual investigations reporter, The New York Times

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How to fight deepfake and cheapfake videos: The challenges of verifying authenticity of visual content

Chair: Claire Wardle, U.S. director, First Draft

  • Christina Anagnostopoulos, senior producer, Reuters

  • Rhona Tarrant, U.S. editor, Storyful

  • Matthew Wright, director for research, Global Cybersecurity Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology

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