Symposium Year: ISOJ 2021

Baron on Bezos ownership of the Washington Post: ‘I don’t think that we would have been a success without his involvement’

The recent accomplishments of The Washington Post are unlikely to be repeated elsewhere in the United States or worldwide, according to former executive editor Marty Baron, one of the most prominent American journalists. That’s because the paper holds a unique position after being purchased in 2013 by multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and founder, who …  Read More

Opinion journalists show how publications and platforms can work to distinguish news from opinion

As social media blurs the lines between fact and opinion, informed take and angry rant, journalists, publishers and platforms need to take a more active role in distinguishing between news and opinion –both for the clarity of the reader and the quality of the journalism, according to panelists at the 2021 International Symposium on Online Journalism …  Read More

How Black and Brown-owned media companies are working to change the diversity landscape in newsrooms

The reach of mainstream media is not in question, however, the trust, intimacy and relevancy of mainstream media with communities of color is very much in question, according to Mitra S. Kalita.  It’s an unfortunate reality that American mainstream media has lost trust among Black and Brown communities. This is due to a variety of …  Read More

Diving deep into journalism engagement with peer-reviewed research for the ISOJ Journal

The International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) welcomed scholars from around the world to share their research focused on media engagement and the evolution of Latinx media. The research papers for the panelists who presented on April 30 during the virtual conference were selected during a peer-review process and are available as part of the …  Read More

Traditional opinion sections are evolving and adapting to the digital media ecosystem

Traditional opinion sections of newspapers have evolved to adapt to the digital media ecosystem, while new forms of opinion journalism emerge. It’s not the old op-ed page anymore: there are platforms, collaborations, networks and media outlets allowing opinion journalists to express their work in less traditional ways. From newspaper editors to independent journalists, four distinguished …  Read More

Invaluable relationships for the success of local news: Networking and collaboration are key

In a year where local news was even more important, collaboration and networking has become essential. Supporting local news networks through partnerships has shown to be highly successful for the panelists representing various organizations and local news networks at the 2021 International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). The Knight Foundation believes in the power of …  Read More

With a national newsroom and several local bureaus, Capital B wants to get closer to Black communities and regain their trust in media

Lauren Williams and Akoto Ofori-Atta, co-founders of Capital B, opened the fourth day of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) speaking about how their new project came to be, it’s main purpose and what they expect when they officially launch the site next Fall. Williams and Ofori-Atta talked to Amanda Zamora, co-founder and publisher …  Read More

Finding unique angles to cover climate change and get readers’ attention

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues in our world, and yet, journalists still struggle with innovative and engaging ways to cover it. Frank Mungeam, chief innovation officer at the Local Media Association, said the demand for more climate news is out there. According to Mungeam, more than half of Americans say they’re either …  Read More

New media outlet focused on Washington politics, Punchbowl news achieves more than US$ 1 million in subscriptions in only four months

Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman talked about the success of their recently created enterprise, a membership-based news community called Punchbowl News, during the first panel discussion of the third day of the International Symposium of Online Journalism (ISOJ).  Punchbowl News has a daily podcast, a free morning newsletter and a premium membership program, that include …  Read More

Harnessing the power of Google to produce better and bigger journalism

When any journalist starts researching a new story idea, the first thing they do is usually a quick Google search. But, Mary Nahorniak, a Google News Initiative teaching fellow said there are many more tools reporters could be using to facilitate and enhance their work, from little known advanced search options, to programs developed specifically …  Read More