Symposium Year: ISOJ 2021

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

Photogrammetry, VR and AR are adding new dimensions to storytelling where readers have the opportunity to act upon their curiosity

Virtual reality and augmented reality simulators have grown in popularity, complexity and quality in recent years. But, what is the first image you imagine when you think of VR? Could it be a game where you play the first-person shooter? Robert Hernandez argues that the future of VR and AR will continue to be graphic …  Read More

‘High quality matters,’ says editor-in-chief of The Guardian, who shared editorial and business strategies, as well as pandemic challenges, during ISOJ

On the second day of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, shared the editorial and work experience of the British publication during 2020, in the first year of the pandemic. In a conversation with the editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, Emilio García-Ruiz, Viner also spoke about …  Read More

Global Issues require global solutions: addressing online violence against women journalists

Addressing online violence against women journalists requires different resources, solutions and support for women everywhere experiencing harassment and other forms of violence online. Online violence is a way to keep women out of news media and is an attempt to silence women, said Elisa Lees Muñoz, executive-director of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), while …  Read More

How journalists can develop secure communication with sources in the Age of the Internet

Nearly 50 years ago in a dimly lit parking lot in Virginia, renowned journalist Bob Woodward exchanged information with an anonymous source by the name of Deep Throat—information that went on to spark one of the most prolific political scandals in modern U.S. history. When it comes to exchanging information securely between journalists and sources, …  Read More

Research on bots, credibility and zombie sites capture the evolution of online journalism at ISOJ

Researchers from around the globe shared their work on digitally innovative bots, news cues and zombie news content as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). Their peer-reviewed works, presented virtually on April 27 at ISOJ, were selected for the #ISOJ Journal, now in its 11th volume. The panel opened from Brazil …  Read More

Fighting disinformation, especially surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of biggest challenges of our lifetimes

While misinformation is not a new concept, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for journalists to detect, combat and counter false information. We are living in an age in which we are given an overload of information, coined as the ‘infodemic’ by the United Nations, and correct and factual information is of grave importance …  Read More