Breakout Sessions

There's something for everyone in this year's schedule. Check out a growing list of the breakout sessions we're offering in New Orleans, and check back frequently as many more programs are announced and more details become available!

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Additional training opportunities: Deep-Dive Workshops at EIJ16
Aside from dozens of breakout sessions, EIJ16 offers additional training opportunities with in-depth, hands-on, skills-based workshops. These longer and more intensive programs are yet another way you can improve your journalism skills at EIJ16.

– News Directors New Media Bootcamp
– Turbocharge Your Social Media
– NPR Audio Storytelling Workshop
– Data Journalism: Easy-To-Learn, Friendly, Non-Scary Tools For All Journalists to Improve Your Storytelling
– Free Digital Storytelling Tools from Google
– Boning Up on Business Journalism Skills
– Storytelling: Out of Eden, Into the Story

Please note: Some of these workshops have an additional fee. Some require an application and selection process, while others just require an advance registration on the EIJ registration form. Visit the workshops page for all the pertinent details.


Money Matters: Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting

Featuring the RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards winners, the Money Matters session will highlight the best in television, radio and online personal finance journalism. Panelists will break down their award-winning submissions, sharing the key reporting tools and best practices they used to add depth to their reporting. Learn tips and techniques to empower news consumers to consistently make healthy, educated financial decisions. You'll walk away with new ways to creatively approach financial reporting and make comprehensive topics more digestible to viewers and listeners.

Speakers: TBA

Career Coach: What You Need To Be A Top Teacher

Come get concrete advice to those who want to prepare themselves for a future in journalism education or who want to "give back" by teaching while they remain in newsroom jobs. Or if you've already made the switch, learn how to advance your career and stay relevant in the classroom.

Trainers: Debora Wenger (@dhwenger), director of undergraduate journalism program, University of Mississippi; Hagit Limor (@hlimor) associate professor, University of Cincinnati; Rocky Dailey (@DaileyDoc), associate professor, South Dakota State

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Debora Wenger
Deb Halpern Wenger, a 17-year broadcast news veteran, is director of the undergraduate journalism program and associate professor at the University of Mississippi. Prior to her academic appointments, Deb was assistant news director at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla. Wenger conducts multimedia training in newsrooms around the country for The Poynter Institute and is co-author of the broadcast, online and multimedia journalism curricula for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Newsroom Training Program. Wenger has partnered in writing two books: Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World (along with its companion website at and Managing Today’s News Media: Audience First.

Rocky Dailey
Dr. Dailey is an assistant professor of Journalism & Mass Communication at South Dakota State University (SDSU) and has worked as a journalist in broadcast, print and online mediums as well as public relations and marketing during his 17-year professional career. Dr. Dailey teaches and advises in the Online Master of Mass Communications program at SDSU, which is the first and currently only online graduate program in mass communication accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Newsroom Internships Deep Dive

Today’s students are armed with the latest tools and techniques for almost any newsroom assignment. Are newsrooms using them to their best advantage? Are journalism educators preparing students for new newsroom challenges? Are student journalists bringing their A-game? Join newsroom professionals, journalism educators, former interns and students in a deep dive discussion of internship do's and don'ts.

Speakers: Heather Taylor (@djnf), manager of digital media and programs, Dow Jones News Fund; Rebecca J. Tallent, Ed.D. (@RebeccaTallent1), Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Media, University of Idaho; Dr. Reginald Owens (@regowens2), F. Jay Taylor Endowed Chair of Journalism, Louisiana Tech University

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Rebecca J. Tallent, Ed.D.
Rebecca J. “Becky” Tallent is currently an Associate Professor of journalism in the University of Idaho’s School of Journalism and Mass Media where she teaches reporting, public relations courses, and Cultural Diversity and the Media.

Prior to joining academia, Becky worked as an oil & gas, financial and environmental reporter for Reuter’s U.S. Financial, McGraw-Hill News (especially Platt’s Oilgram News), the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Business News and the Tulsa World. She spent 18 years as a PR professional for state agencies, including University Hospitals in Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

A member of the Native American Journalists Association since 1999, Becky currently serves on the Education Committee. A Society of Professional Journalist member since 1972, Becky currently sits on the national Board of Directors as a Campus Adviser at Large and she serves as member of the Journalism Education Committee. She is a former member of the SPJ diversity, ethics and professional development committees. Becky frequently acts as a liaison between SPJ and NAJA.

Becky earned her BA and Master of Education, both in journalism, from the University of Central Oklahoma, and her Doctor of Education in mass communications from Oklahoma State University.

Heather Taylor
Heather Taylor is the manager of digital media and programs at the Dow Jones News Fund, responsible for the Fund's social media, website, communications and managing the high school and college programs. A native of New Jersey, Heather has extensive experience working with media and nonprofit organizations. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass media studies and political science from Rutgers University in 2002. Since graduation, her career has focused on improving democracy through citizen empowerment, government transparency and strengthening the fourth estate. She served as senior director of communications at The Citizens Campaign where she developed a citizen journalism training program that empowered individuals to embrace the fundamentals of journalism and harness the power of online media to affect change. Heather serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and has been a board member of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government.

Dr. Reginald Owens
Reginald Owens is head of the Department of Journalism at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He teaches news writing, advanced copy editing, media and culture, public relations, advertising and civic journalism.

Reginald began his professional career as a police reporter at The Houston Post in 1972. He has completed summer sabbaticals in a number of newsrooms, including the Philadelphia Tribune, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, The Austin American-Statesman, and Texas Freedman in Houston where he was managing editor.

Reginald is on the board of directors of the Dow Jones News Fund and the Shreveport Journalism Foundation. He received a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas-Austin, a master’s in advertising from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a bachelor’s in journalism from Louisiana Tech.

Generation J: What We Swear By

Journalists well into their first job (or onto their second) share their secrets of succeeding in a new and challenging workplace, as well as how to maintain a personal life. A must attend for college students on the verge of undertaking a journalism career.

Trainers: Mike Brannen (@mikebrannen), AM Executive Producer, KOB-TV; Rhonda LeValdo (@rhondalevaldo) host, Native Spirit Radio 90.1 FM-KKFI Kansas City, freelance Reporter for National Native News and Native News Network; Ricardo Torres, reporter, Catholic Herald, producer/reporter, Newsradio 620 WTMJ; Stacey Welsh (@StaceyKENS5), digital journalist, KENS-TV

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Rhonda LeValdo
Rhonda LeValdo is Acoma Pueblo and a Faculty member in Media Communications at Haskell Indian Nations University. She is the host for Native Spirit Radio 90.1 FM-KKFI Kansas City, freelance Reporter for National Native News (Public Radio News) and Native News Network (Online). LeValdo is the Co-founder Wellbound blog site and Native Health News Alliance (NHNA); and a past president of the Native American Journalists Association. LeValdo is also a member of the board of directors for Unity Journalists for Diversity.

Ricardo Torres
Ricardo Torres is a Milwaukee journalist working as a reporter for the Catholic Herald and a producer/reporter Newsradio 620 WTMJ. He has bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master's degree from Roosevelt University. Although not a sports reporter, he bleeds Wisconsin sports.

Stacey Welsh
Stacey Welsh is a journalist for KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas. She produces for and the station's social media platforms, as well as reports on tech and digital topics during newscasts. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In her free time, she enjoys running and playing with her dogs.

Mike Brannen
Mike Brannen is the Morning Executive Producer at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, NM. He's made stops in Minneapolis, Seattle, and Columbia, MO. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mike has participated in this seminar twice before, and has spoken at other EIJ seminars on other topics.

Your Images Are Your Legacy

Copyright violations, as innocent as they sometimes are, cost photographers money. And it’s all too easy to grab an image and publish it “courtesy of Google.” Discuss the issues surrounding copyright, DMCA takedown notices, small claims and fair use for producers and consumers of visual journalism online and in print.

Trainer: Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel, National Press Photographers Association

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Follow Money in Politics, Beyond Election Day

As we head into the 2016 elections, journalists can be overwhelmed trying to follow all of the money in state and federal races. We'll show you how to follow the money trails using cutting-edge data tools that are useful not just going into the elections, but also once the legislatures convene and pass bills.

Trainer: Edwin Bender, executive director, National Institute on Money in State Politics

Finding the Truth in Big Data

Publicly available data can be a gold mine for journalists who want to uncover information that's not available at first look. This panel will reveal what kind of information can be uncovered, where to find such data, and what tools can be used by journalists to find the facts buried in data.

Trainers: Wayne Rash (@wrash), Washington bureau chief and senior columnist, eWEEK; Pam Baker (@bakercom1), editor, FierceBigData; David Waldrop (TK) CEO ICG Solutions

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Wayne Rash
Wayne Rash has a 40 year history covering technology. He began using big data analysis in his reporting as part of the coverage of the 2016 Presidential primary season, where he applied it to social media traffic. Rash is the Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Columnist for eWEEK. He’s a frequent speaker on business, technology issues and enterprise computing. He currently writes for eWEEK and Yahoo Tech. Rash is a frequent guest on a variety of network news and talk shows, and he is the author of five books, including his most recent, “Politics on the Nets.”

Pam Baker
"Pam Baker is a freelance writer and author. In the field of big data, she’s a thought leader, top influencer and a major media voice. Onalytica ranked Baker as a Top 50 Big Data Influencer in 2015.

She is the former editor of Fierce Big Data. Her work there is often noted and quoted by big data thinkers, leading business associations, and publications. An eBrief she wrote for FierceBigData, “How Big Data Changes the Way You Think and Operate,” and her latest book on big data, Data Divination: Big Data Strategies made the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recommended reading list."

David Waldrop
"David is currently the CEO of Illumina Consulting Group (ICG), which specializes in streaming and real-time analytics to help organizations rapidly mine and correlate massive volumes of data. ICG effectively enables its clients to acquire the intelligence needed to make quick decisions and launch immediate actions. ICG produces the big data analysis tool, LUX2016. Before taking the helm at ICG, David held positions at Microsoft, Groove, and Ernst & Young, where he guided successful initiatives to align users’ need for knowledge with system sponsors through change management in order to improve communications, service quality, and customer satisfaction."

From Data to Impact: Finding and Using Health Disparities Data

"Increasing coverage of the persistence of racial and ethnic health disparities in America has brought a new dimension to the discussion about the health of our nation, and has become an important part of the national conversation about race. This session will provide journalists, freelance writers, content producers and bloggers covering health, race, policy, government and related topics with an in-depth review of how to find and use the most up-to-date federal health disparities data for reporting and development of compelling digital content. Participants will learn how to find the latest federal health disparities data on a variety of topics and how to use this data in reporting and production of content, such as infographics, and hear experiences of a professional journalist about using these resources in everyday reporting. Additionally, participants will discover the myriad of free resources available from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) ̶ the largest collection of minority health and health disparities research, data and publications in the nation ̶ including minority population health profiles, statistics by disease and customized searches conducted by research professionals, as well as instruction on how to use the OMHRC library database."

Trainers: Faye Williams, library manager, Knowledge Center; Joanna Blonska, senior media relations specialist, Office of Minority Health Resource Center; Levi Rickert, editor and publisher, Native News Online

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Faye Williams
Faye Williams has been the Knowledge Center Manager for the Office of Minority Health Resource Center since 2006. She serves as the primary reference and data researcher for both the U.S. Office of Minority Health federal staff and the general public. She is responsible for subject research, library database development, website statistical content, collection development and library outreach services. Previously, she was Assistant Professor and Medical Collection Management Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also served as Senior Technical Information Specialist with Science Applications International (SAIC) in McLean, VA. Faye holds a B.A. from the University of Albany and an M.S. from Simmons College.

Joanna Blonska
Joanna Blonska is the senior media relations specialist at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, where she supports communications work and media outreach on behalf of the U.S. Office of Minority Health. A former journalist for Time Inc., she regularly works with reporters to create awareness about federal government policies and initiatives to help advance health equity and improve racial and ethnic minority health. Joanna holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a M.S. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Levi Rickert
"Levi Rickert is the publisher and editor of Native News Online, one of America’s most read daily American Indian publications. Native News Online covers a range of contemporary news issues, including health related issues that impact American Indian and Alaska Native lives. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Tribal Business Journal, a monthly economic development magazine, which reaches all 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes in the United States and all major national American Indian organizations. Rickert is a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and is the former executive director of the North American Indian Center of Grand Rapids."

Crunching the Campus

Are flagship public universities being priced out of the average family's income? Do rising tuition costs promote racial inequity on campus? Are students being overcharged to prop up money-losing athletic programs? Publicly accessible data can fuel compelling stories about schools and colleges, if you know where to look and how to overcome legal roadblocks. Experts from The Hechinger Report and the Student Press Law Center will share how-to's from recent examples of successful data-journalism projects and help you work through questions about getting and using data to shed light on trends in your own campus community.

Trainers: Frank LoMonte (@franklomonte), executive director, Student Press Law Center; Sarah Carr (@sarah_e_carr), contributing editor, The Hechinger Report

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Digital/Social Media

10 Top Multimedia and Mobile Tools and How to Use Them

Come see and learn 10 easy-to-use online tools and platforms for journalists. Attendees will learn how these tools can enhance storytelling and how to get started using them. Sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University.

Trainer: Mike Reilley (@journtoolbox), founder of SPJ’s Journalist’s Toolbox

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Mike Reilley
Mike Reilley is the founder of SPJ’s journalism resource site, The Journalist’s Toolbox. He became director of digital production for Cronkite News at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University after 25 years of working in digital journalism, newspapers and marketing. He is a former reporter and copy editor at the Los Angeles Times and was one of the founding editors of He also has worked at’s national news desk and has taught digital journalism at DePaul University and Northwestern University. Reilley is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Board of Directors. His session is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center on Business Journalism at the Cronkite School.

Fitting in the News: Creating Personalized Interactives

Learn how to navigate the growing and developing art of creating news interactives that deliver personalized and helpful decision-making information by guiding users through a series of questions/choices. We’ll look at examples, including “Living a Like a Refugee” — a Q&A-driven interactive produced at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism that shows users the tough financial choices facing Syrian refugees in the U.S. We’ll also look at how to conceive and execute personalized interactives that show people where they fit into the news — led by the trainers, who are working on a tool that would allow news organizations without coders to get in the game.

Trainers: Sandeep Junnarkar (@sandeep_NYC), director of interactive journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Jere Hester (@jere_hester), director of news products and projects, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

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Jere Hester
Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects and the Director of the Reporting and Writing Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He joined the J-School in 2006 as the founding director of the award-winning NYCity News Service, which feeds student work to professional outlets. Hester was previously city editor of the NY Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. Since 2009, he has written a pop culture column for NBC Local Integrated Media, and is the author of “Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family.”

Sandeep Junnarkar
Sandeep Junnarkar is Director of the Interactive Journalism Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former New York bureau chief of CNET, and has specialized in writing about technologies used in different industries. Junnarkar helped to create online editions of The New York Times, working as breaking news editor, writer, and Web producer when the paper went live on the Internet as The New York Times on the Web. Junnarkar, founder and editorial director of, a site that covers underreported issues, also served president of the South Asian Journalists Association from 2008 to 2010.

The Internet is Not Forever: Deep-Diving Through the Web's Unsearchable Digital Past

"While the issue of ""web erosion"" has recently garnered some mainstream media attention, few archiving strategies have been put into place. Deciding whether it’s worth resurfacing those digital remnants — words that will otherwise be forever relegated to Page Not Found status — is still largely left to individuals. In this session, journalists interested in researching and preserving digital content will learn best practices for using Internet Archive resources, and also several sustainable approaches for ""curating"" the digital past and creating historical narratives from social media ephemera."

Speaker: Cynthia Joyce (@cynthiajoyce)

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Cynthia Joyce
"Cynthia Joyce is the editor of the anthology, "Please Forward: How blogging reconnected New Orleans after Katrina" (UNO Press, 2015), which Kirkus Reviews called "Powerful...a book that preserves testimony that might have disappeared.”

She has been a writer, editor, and web producer for more than 20 years and has contributed to The Washington Post, Newsday,, Entertainment Weekly, and, where she was a senior producer from 2007-2011;, where she worked briefly as a producer post-Katrina; and Salon, where she was arts and entertainment editor from 1995-2000. She teaches at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism in Oxford, MS."

Benefits (And Perils) of Live Streaming Your Newsroom

From Periscope to Meerkat to Facebook Live, social media platforms are providing your audience unprecedented access to your news staff. What's the best approach for your newsroom? Do you stream or not? This session will cover the basics of these platforms. It will also allow journalists to discuss best strategies when using these streaming venues.

Trainer: Mike Brannen (@mikebrannen), AM Executive Producer, KOB-TV

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Mike Brannen
Mike Brannen is the Morning Executive Producer at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, NM. He's made stops in Minneapolis, Seattle, and Columbia, MO. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mike has participated and led several EIJ seminars, and prefers to let the smart people doing the talking.

Lori Todd
Lori Todd is a social media editor at NPR in Washington, D.C., and leads NPR Live, a small but mighty team that creates live video content for social platforms. She works with reporters and editors across NPR and the network's member stations on social campaigns, strategy and execution across social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr. Before arriving at NPR in 2015, Todd worked in social media and editorial production in many newsrooms including the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Austin American-Statesman.

Catfish, Con Artists & Other Bottom Feeders: Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Social Media Reporting

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms have opened up an entirely new dimension for intrepid reporters on the hunt for their next big story. But how can you avoid falling hook, line and sinker for a catfish or otherwise shady source? The editors of will walk participants through several major catfish scandals involving celebrities and the people who report on them, pointing out typical red flags, and explaining the latest methods of vetting social media sources.

Trainers: Dylan Howard, VP/chief content officer, American Media/Radar Online; Melissa Cronin, managing editor of content, American Media/Radar Online; Eli Lippman, audience development director, American Media/Radar Online

Everything You Know About Multimedia Storytelling Is Wrong

Reset everything you think you know about multimedia journalism with a fresh look at trends, tools and best practices. Come learn the latest trends and best practices when creating and publishing multimedia projects on the web and more importantly to a mobile audience. As a leader in multimedia production and mobile photography, with over 250,000 social media followers, I'll send you home with the latest trends in mobile photography, video production, growing your audience on Instagram and new tools in order to create stunning projects and build audience.

Trainer: Richard Koci Hernandez (@koci), assistant professor of new media, UC Berkeley

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Richard Koci Hernandez
Richard Koci Hernandez is an internationally recognized, award-winning innovator in journalism and multimedia. Koci Hernandez recently published “The Principles of Multimedia Journalism: Packaging Digital News” Taylor & Francis, 2015 Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy award winning multimedia producer who worked as a visual journalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. He has been named one of the “Top 25 Influential Communications Professors” and one of the “Top 100 Photographers on the Web. In 2011 Koci Hernandez was named an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Multiply Your Reach and Engagement on Social Media

Almost every journalist uses social media every day, but few succeed at using these platforms to grow their audience and influence. This session will teach journalists skills to multiply their fans, followers and friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Trainer: Chip Mahaney (@chipmahaney), national director of news recruitment, E. W. Scripps Company

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Chip Mahaney
"Chip Mahaney is National Director, News Recruitment for The E. W. Scripps Company's broadcast division. His focus and passion is scouting, hiring and developing news directors and managers through challenging and rewarding careers. A former TV news director and longtime TV news manager, Chip previously worked for stations in the FOX, Raycom, Gannett and Belo groups. He has 35 years of experience covering local news, sports and extreme weather, and managing newsroom technology. Over 25 years, he has trained thousands of journalists how to use new technologies, as well as digital and social media."

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Educators or Students

Collegiate Student Journalists Under Fire

The acceleration of incidents on college and university campuses has been remarkable in 2015 and 2016 — from attempts to block or prevent access to news coverage to the strangling of funds for student newspapers to the firing of college and university newspaper advisers . Student media serve as training grounds for future professional journalists. How can professional journalists and their news organizations provide advocacy and support for journalism education?

Speakers: Loni Smith McKown, professional practice faculty, Butler University; Frank LoMonte, executive director, Student Press Law Center; Jacob Buckland, Fairmount State University, former editor in chief, The Columns; Elisabetta Zengaro, Delta State University, former editor in chief The Statement

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Elisabetta Zengaro (@ezengaro)
Elisabetta Zengaro graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Delta State University and served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Delta Statement, from 2013-2015. She led The Delta Statement to a record amount of state and regional press awards. However, as part of university-wide budget cuts, the journalism program and the printing budget for the student newspaper were eliminated in 2015. The 84-year-old student newspaper was forced to transition to an online-only platform for 2016. Zengaro is studying for her master’s degree in sports management at Delta State.

Jacob Buckland (@ja_buckland17)
Jacob Buckland, along with his former staff at The Fairmount State University student newspaper The Columns, is the winner of the 2015 College Press Freedom Award for standing up against press censorship and retaliation. He worked for the Fairmont State newspaper for two years, one as editor in chief, before being fired by the university president. Buckland is now a senior at the university studying national security and intelligence and political science. He is also the co-founder of an independent student newspaper, The Broken Column.

Frank LoMonte (@FrankLoMonte)
Frank LoMonte joined the Student Press Law Center as executive director in January 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate and in many other outlets.

Loni Smith McKown (@LoniMcKown)
Loni Smith McKown has been professional practice faculty at Butler University's Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism for six years. She served as adviser, until she was fired a year ago, to the The Butler Collegian. The paper’s national awards: 2011 Pacemaker Award, 2012 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for small newspapers, 2013 IRE Award for student investigation, and 2014 CMA Pinnacle Award for sports investigation, as well as regional and state awards. McKown has a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She was a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 20 years, and produced for the investigative team at Indianapolis' former CBS affiliate for five years.

Journalism Teaching Marathon

If you're involved in journalism education, this is the session for you. A panel of journalism educators will share their favorite, most innovative or most exciting activities designed to teach journalism students new skills, excite them about the profession, or encourage critical media consumption. Come pick up some specific, actionable ideas you can implement into your journalism education curriculum.

Speakers: Brandon Szuminsky (@Szuminsky), Instructor, Waynesburg University; Jennifer Brannock Cox (@jencox416), Assistant Professor, Salisbury University; Carolyn Carlson (@ccarls10), Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University; Kay Colley (@kaycolley), Associate Professor and Department Chair, Mass Communication at Texas Wesleyan University; Brian Carroll (@tarheelblue), Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, Berry College; Larry Dailey (@daileyl), Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

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Jennifer Brannock Cox
Jennifer Brannock Cox is an assistant professor of communication at Salisbury University. She earned a B.A. from Appalachian State University in journalism. She received her M.A. from the University of Alabama in community journalism and Ph.D. from the University of Florida in mass communication. Her specialties include multimedia journalism and social media. Cox worked in newsrooms throughout Florida covering multiple beats in print and online and gained multimedia experience working with The Washington Post’s Loudoun Extra. Cox’s classes incorporate new and social media techniques alongside traditional media skills and concepts. She is also a freelance multimedia reporter for local publications.

Carolyn Carlson
Carolyn S. Carlson is a member of the national SPJ FOI Committee and has written reports for SPJ's 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Sunshine Week projects on surveys she conducted on the strained relationship between reporters and government public information officers. Carlson has a doctorate from Georgia State University and is director of the journalism program at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta. She was a longtime reporter and editor for The Associated Press. She was national president of SPJ in 1989-1990, chaired the SPJ Ethics Committee in 1993-94, and received SPJ’s Wells Key in 1994.

Brandon Szuminsky
Brandon Szuminsky is an instructor of communication at Waynesburg University and doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he is researching the sourcing practices of newspaper reporters covering the natural gas industry. He has also researched the spread of misinformation on social media and the framing newspaper front pages covering controversial Supreme Court cases. Szuminsky is the advisor of the award-winning student newspaper at Waynesburg University where he also teaches journalism and communication research courses and is the faculty advisor to the campus SPJ chapter. Prior to joining academia, he worked in newsrooms in southwestern Pennsylvania as a reporter, editor and columnist.

Kay L. Colley
Dr. Kay L. Colley teaches journalism and public relations courses at Texas Wesleyan and serves as department chair and student media director. She is actively involved in SPJ and continues to champion changes in journalism and public relations education. Dr. Colley holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of North Texas, a master's in international journalism from Baylor University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas A&M University. She has won numerous awards for her teaching, public relations work and writing. Her professional background includes stints in public relations, magazines, daily newspapers and weekly newspapers.

Brian Carroll
Brian Carroll is professor and chair of Communication at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., where he has taught journalism since 2003. He is author of When to Stop Cheering? The Black Press, the Black Community and Black Baseball (Routledge, 2007); and The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915-1955: A Devil's Bargain (Routledge, 2015). Before joining the professorate, he was a reporter, photographer and editor for 15 years.

Larry Dailey
Larry Dailey is the Reynolds Chair of Media Technologies at Nevada's Reynolds School. There he teaches courses in human-centered news, photojournalism, game design for journalists and innovation for and visual communications. He frequently collaborates with community organizations to address news-related issues in creative ways. He has worked as a multimedia producer for, as a picture editor for two Washington wire services and as a photographer for several newspapers. Larry holds a master’s degree in photography from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

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How Well Does the Media Cover Mass Murders?

Mass shootings are increasing at a rapid rate, which means the media coverage of them is growing exponentially. This panel will discuss how the media covers these events — the good, the bad, and the ugly — as well as how the media can improve in accuracy, ethics and responsibility.

Moderator: Casey Ferrand (@caseyferrand), reporter and anchor, WDSU

Speakers: Tom Teves (@NoNotoriety), co-founder, No Notoriety; Emily Lane (@emilymlane), reporter, Times-Picayune; Andrew Seaman (@andrewmseaman), Senior Medical Journalist, Reuters Health, and SPJ Ethics Chair

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Casey Ferrand
Casey Ferrand is a general assignment reporter for WDSU in New Orleans. Ferrand, an award-winning journalist, previously worked at KIAH in Houston as a multimedia journalist and a fill-in anchor on the morning news show Eye Opener. She was also at KTVE in Monroe, LA and KTBS in Shreveport, LA. She has two Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Emily Lane
Emily Lane is a reporter at | The Times-Picayune, covering crime and courts. Lane was working at The Times-Picayune’s office in Baton Rouge in the summer of 2015 when she was sent to cover The Lafayette Theater shooting in Lafayette. Three people, including the shooter, were killed and nine others were injured. She previously worked at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. and the Natchez Democrat in Natchez, Miss. Lane is a New Orleans native.

Andrew M. Seaman
Andrew M. Seaman is the chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. In that role, Andrew oversees a committee that assists the Society's leadership, members, and staff in educating people about the organization's ethics code. Additionally, Seaman is senior medical journalist for Reuters Health in New York City. He also worked at USA TODAY and WBRE-TV/WYOU-TV in Wilkes-Barre, PA. His work has appeared The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and numerous other publications around the world.

Tom Teves
Tom Teves is the co-founder of No Notoriety, a nonprofit that challenges the media to limit naming, and featuring photos of, the shooters in mass killings. Tom and his wife, Caren, lost their son, Alex, in 2012 when he was murdered in the Aurora, CO. theater shooting. The theater shooting left 12 dead. No Notoriety was founded in the days after the shooting in an effort to encourage media to limit the notoriety of shooters.

RTDNA Coverage Guidelines: A Developing Story

In 2015, RTDNA introduced its new Code of Ethics. This year, the association is reviewing and revising its more specific Coverage Guidelines, comprising such topics as live reporting, graphic content, privacy issues and conflicts of interest. Find out what's new and be part of the process. Help RTDNA make its Coverage Guidelines even more relevant and valuable.

Trainer: Scott Libin (@smlibin), Hubbard Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota

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Scott Libin
Scott Libin is the Hubbard Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is RTDNA's Region 4 director and chair of the Ethics Committee. Libin is a former TV news director and Poynter faculty member. He is a consultant to newsrooms who has trained journalists across the country and internationally. Libin specializes in reporting, producing, leadership skills and ethical decision-making.

Reporting on Disability: Best Practices and Missing Stories

Covering disability issues is too often mired in old fashioned and sometimes downright offensive patterns. As journalists, we must do much better. This session will combine brief presentations on the latest thinking about disability rights and culture, discussion of stories that aren't getting covered, and pragmatic skills building for not offending the very group you want to cover.

Trainers: David Perry (@lollardfish), freelance, Dominican University; Lawrence Carter-Long (@LCarterLong), public affairs, National Council on Disability; Lily Altavena

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David M Perry
David M. Perry is a disability rights journalist and history professor at Dominican University. His work has appeared at, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and many others. Perry is the father of a nine-year-old boy with Down syndrome.

Lawrence Carter-Long
Lawrence Carter-Long has been featured, or placed stories in the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian (UK) and USA Today among other respected outlets. He is the Public Affairs Specialist for the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency.

Lily Altavena
Lily Altavena works at the National Center on Disability Journalism, and is a second-year graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She has a bachelor’s degree from New York University, where she studied Journalism and Metropolitan Studies. Before coming to Cronkite, she produced television news in Dallas, Texas and worked at MSNBC in New York with the network’s documentary unit. She will receive her master's degree from Cronkite in the spring of 2017. The National Center on Disability and Journalism provides support and guidance for journalists as they cover people with disabilities.

Transparency: Practices, Potential and Ethical Boundaries

The most noticeable 2014 change to the Society of Professional Journalists's Code of Ethics was the addition of transparency as a core tenet. Transparency is tied to journalism excellence as a way of building credibility, explaining journalism practices and inviting greater citizen participation. Technological advances provide journalists additional transparency tools, and practices that support transparency as an ethical value are still emerging. A 2016 national study by researchers at University of Oklahoma reveals how more than 500 journalists perceive transparency as a professional ethical value and set of practices. Join members of the SPJ ethics committee and OU researchers for a how-to session in being more transparent and a presentation of the research that shows how professional journalists understand journalism transparency and practice it.

Trainers: Andrew M. Seaman (@AndrewMSeaman), ethics committee chair, Society of Professional Journalists; senior medical journalist, Reuters Health; Peter Gade, Gaylord Family Endowed Chair, University of Oklahoma; Lynn Walsh (@LWalsh), president-elect, SPJ; investigative executive producer, NBC 7 San Diego; Christina Childs DeWalt (@cchilds_news), doctoral candidate, University of Oklahoma

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Andrew M. Seaman
Andrew M. Seaman is chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. Based in at Thomson Reuters headquarters in New York City, Andrew is the company’s senior medical journalist and reports on a broad range of health issues from basic biology to policy. Previously, Andrew worked at the company’s Washington, D.C., bureau and USA TODAY. His work has appeared — among other places — the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and USA TODAY.

Lynn Walsh
Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been working in investigative journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Currently she leads the KNSD investigative team at the NBC TV station in San Diego, California, where she is the Investigative Executive Producer. Prior to coming to San Diego, she was working as data producer and investigative reporter for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. She also worked as the Investigative Producer at WPTV, NewsChannel 5, in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is president-elect for the Society of Professional Journalists.

Christina Childs DeWalt
Christina Childs DeWalt is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma. A recipient of the prestigious University of Hawaii’s Carol Burnett Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Media Ethics, DeWalt’s research is in the areas of mediated social influence and media ethics with a particular focus on health and environmental communication. In addition to her academic background, DeWalt also has more than 10 years experience as a professional journalist.

Peter J. Gade
Peter J. Gade is a Gaylord Family Endowed Professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. He is a co-editor of Changing the News: The Forces Shaping Journalism in Uncertain Times (2011), and co-author of Twilight of Press Freedom: The Rise of People’s Journalism (2001). A former newspaper reporter, Peter consulted for newspapers in Missouri and Oklahoma, and taught methods of statistical analysis for the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting. Gade was also the journalism area head in the Gaylord College. His Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Drones: Ethical Dos and Don'ts

Drones are flying off the shelves at stores around the country, and newsrooms are anxious to send them into action. However, what are the ethical concerns of drones use? And, what should newsrooms do to make sure they are responsibly using the new technology? This session will review best practices for aerojournalism and give journalists tools to create their own newsroom guidelines about drones.

Trainer: Andrew Seaman (@AndrewMSeaman), ethics committee chair, Society of Professional Journalists; senior medical journalist, Reuters Health

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Andrew M. Seaman
Andrew M. Seaman is chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. Based at Thomson Reuters headquarters in New York City, Andrew is the company’s senior medical journalist and reports on a broad range of health issues from basic biology to policy. Andrew previously worked at the company’s Washington, D.C., bureau and USA TODAY. His work has appeared — among other places — the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and USA TODAY.

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Freedom of Information

Police Body Cam Video: Getting the Footage and Moving the Story Forward

As more police are equipped with body cameras, how do you get the footage and what do you do with it when you get it? Can you even get it in the first place? Learn the depth of body cam issues, get pointers on making sure you can have legal access to the footage, and hear best practices for using it once you have it.

Trainer: Carolyn Carlson (@ccarls10), associate professor of journalism, Kennesaw State University and SPJ FOI Committee member; Robert Becker, lawyer, SPJ D.C. pro chapter FOI/First Amendment chair; Sheryl Worsley (@sherylrockin), KSL Newsradio News Director and RTDNA Region 3 Director

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Carolyn Carlson
Carolyn S. Carlson is a member of the national SPJ FOI Committee and has written reports for SPJ's 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Sunshine Week projects on surveys she conducted on the strained relationship between reporters and government public information officers. Carlson has a doctorate from Georgia State University and is director of the journalism program at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta. She was a longtime reporter and editor for The Associated Press. She was national president of SPJ in 1989-1990, chaired the SPJ Ethics Committee in 1993-94, and received SPJ’s Wells Key in 1994.

Robert Becker
Robert Becker is a solo-practitioner lawyer whose practice includes advising writers, editors, photographers, and others about access to government proceedings and records, libel, invasion of privacy, and protecting confidentiality. He is First Amendment/FOI chair of the D.C. Pro Chapter and Government Relations chair of the D.C. Open Government Coalition. He testified several times in 2015 against a proposal by D.C.’s mayor and police chief to exempt body cam video from the city’s FOI Act. The D.C. Council enacted a much narrower exemption.

Sheryl Worsley
Sheryl Worsley is News Director at KSL Newsradio in Salt Lake City and is the Region 3 Director for RTDNA, the Radio Television Digital News association. As a former president of the Utah Headliners chapter of SPJ, Sheryl spent many hours advocating for open records at the state legislature and also helped develop the current rule which opened up Utah courts to video cameras and other electronic coverage. Sheryl advocated alongside First Amendment attorneys and media groups to make sure laws restricting access to police body camera footage were NOT passed. She was awarded the Headliners FOI award last year.

Pro Se Power: Get Public Records By Taking Agencies to Court — Yourself!

Sometimes public agencies flagrantly and illegally deny a legitimate public records request, and your only recourse is to sue. But if your employer doesn’t want to litigate, or you are a freelancer, what do you do? Don’t take the law into your own hands, take them to court. Pro se. This session will guide you through the steps to sue a public agency on your own. It’s not as daunting as it seems, and there are resources to cover court costs and minimal legal assistance. You can do it!

Trainer: David Cuillier (@DavidCuillier), director, University of Arizona School of Journalism and co-author, "The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records"

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David Cuillier
David Cuillier is director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, where he teaches and researches freedom of information law. He is former president and freedom of information chair for SPJ, and a current board member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor from the Pacific Northwest, and is co-author with Charles Davis of “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records.”

Turned Down for What?

Too often journalists find themselves on the wrong end of FOIAs. Given the reluctance of government agencies to release public information it's vital that journalists understand when, why and how to turn to FOIA requests. Part of that is knowing why you will get your requests rejected. This session will go over the most common FOIA mistakes and show you how to get right before you get records.

Trainer: Charles Davis (@GradyDeanUGA) dean, Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia; Maggie Mulvihill, clinical professor of journalism, Boston University

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Charles N. Davis
Charles N. Davis is the Dean of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Davis worked for 10 years as a journalist after his graduation from North Georgia College, working for newspapers, magazines and a news service in Georgia and Florida. He spent 14 years as a faculty member, including four as department chair at the Missouri School of Journalism. Davis also spent five years at Mizzou as Executive Director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. His teaching awards include the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Teacher of the Year Award in 2008, the Provost’s Award for Junior Faculty Teaching in 2001, and the University of Missouri Alumni Association’s Faculty/Alumni Award in 2008. In 2016 he was awarded the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication Alumni of Distinction Award.

Maggie Mulvihill
Maggie Mulvihill has been using data in her award-winning work as a journalist and teacher for over two decades. She is a former media lawyer and a Faculty Fellow at the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. She is the co-founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, serves on the Steering Committee of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, the board of the New England First Amendment Coalition and was a 2004–2005 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. In 2014, Maggie was named to the Federal Freedom of Information Act Advisory Committee.

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Five Things No One Tells You About Freelancing (But You Need to Know)

When most journalists imagine becoming a freelancer, they expect they'll be pitching ideas to publications and getting stories published. They imagine they'll be writing for large, national publications in time, and being paid well for their work. While that's certainly possible, there's a lot involved in getting and maintaining freelance work. We'll tell you the five secrets every freelancer needs to know. We'll discuss what pays well (and what doesn't), what to do about taxes (besides pay them), how to be every editor's favorite writer — the skills you need today (well beyond great writing and reporting) and how to tell if you'd be successful on your own.

Trainers: Robyn Davis Sekula (@itsRobynwithay), freelance writer and consultant; Dana Neuts (@spjdana), freelance writer and consultant, past SPJ national president

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Dana Neuts
Dana Neuts is a full-time freelance writer, editor and marketing professional in the Seattle area. Her work has appeared in The Seattle Times, AARP Bulletin, NW Travel, South Sound magazine, 425 Business, 425 magazine and more. In addition, she is the publisher of, a hyperlocal blog about Kent, Washington.

Robyn Davis Sekula
Robyn Davis Sekula is Past President of the Louisville Pro Chapter of SPJ and the current Membership Committee Chair of SPJ. She speaks frequently at regional SPJ conferences, Excellence in Journalism and at colleges and universities. She spent her pre-freelance career as a newspaper reporter, working as a crime and courts reporter in North Carolina, a business editor in Missouri and as a reporter at Business First in Louisville, Ky. She consults with organizations and business in public relations, communications plans and social media strategy. Her e-mail is

Stepping Through the Freelance Ethics Minefield

As freelance journalists take on more corporate communications assignments to maintain a steady cash flow, they often struggle with challenging questions about whether this work might create a conflict of interest with their journalism assignments. For example, should a personal finance reporter produce a profile of a source for use on the source’s firm’s website? Can a health care reporter write news stories on medical research results for an insurance company’s health plan membership newsletter? In this session, the SPJ Freelance Community presents real-life scenarios independent journalists face as they juggle news and features assignments with their need to make a living through other kinds of work.

Trainers: Hazel Becker, freelance journalist, SPJ Freelance Community board member; Andrew Seaman (@andrewmseaman), medical journalist, Thomson Reuters and SPJ Ethics Committee chair; Michael Fitzgerald, articles editor, Boston Globe Magazine; Steve Goodman

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Hazel Becker
"Hazel Becker, Resources Chair for SPJ’s Freelance Community, is a publication consultant, business writer and editor specializing in niche publications. She has extensive experience covering complex subjects and a talent for targeting publications to specific audiences. Her writing and editing are enriched by her experience as a veteran journalist with BNA Inc. (now Bloomberg BNA).

Becker’s experience includes researching publishing opportunities and producing prototypes for start-up publications in print and on the Web. Her publication consulting and product development projects have included new niche periodicals, websites, reports/white papers, and market research studies. As a freelancer she covers personal finance, business and government."

Andrew Seaman
Andrew M. Seaman is chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. Based in at Thomson Reuters headquarters in New York City, Andrew is the company’s senior medical journalist and reports on a broad range of health issues from basic biology to policy. Previously, Andrew worked at the company’s Washington, D.C., bureau and USA TODAY. His work has appeared — among other places — the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and USA TODAY.

Michael Fitzgerald
Michael Fitzgerald freelanced for 14 years for publications including The Economist, Fast Company and the New York Times. He was the initial chair of the SPJ Freelance Community. He is now an Articles Editor at The Boston Globe Magazine.

Steve Goodman
Steve Goodman is an educational consultant and host of the cable TV show Higher Education Today, which connects viewers to contemporary issues in the university world. Steve has taped 106 segments over the past five years. Topics have ranged from student-athletes to neuroscience, curriculum changes to motivation and rewards, and disability services to the value of the liberal arts. Steve’s op-eds have been published in the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Miami Herald. He is a former senior fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and co-author of College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family.

Business Skills for Freelance Journalists

Freelance journalism isn’t just about the journalism. Freelancers must learn to run a business. We all know pitching equals sales and social media is part of our marketing strategy, and the product is our work, in whatever form it takes. But if that’s the only part of the business you think about, you won’t freelance for long. This session will go through tips and tricks for running your freelance business. And it will feature a breakout section on how to negotiate better contracts and better rates for your work, as well as the ongoing requests that happen during an assignment. Learn how to prosper as a freelancer or build better skills.

Trainers: Michael Fitzgerald (@riparian), longtime freelancer, current articles editor, Boston Globe Magazine; Amy Ritchart (@aritchart), professor of communication, Austin Peay State University

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Amy Ritchart
Amy Ritchart, journalism professor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, began her reporting career covering county government and farms in rural Alabama for a Monday-through-Saturday newspaper. Later, at the daily Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, she covered K-12 and higher education before becoming the morning editor for local news. She won first-place Tennessee Press Association awards for education reporting and investigative reporting, a first-place Edward J. Meeman Foundation award for public service journalism — and received the Clarksville Mayor’s Certificate of Commendation for Diversity Reporting. She teaches news reporting, feature writing, media ethics — and mass media and women — at APSU.

Michael Fitzgerald
Michael Fitzgerald freelanced for 14 years for publications including The Economist, Fast Company and the New York Times. He was the initial chair of the SPJ Freelance Community. He is now an Articles Editor at The Boston Globe Magazine.

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Hot Topics and Current Events

Covering the Transgender Community

Hear how to best cover issues surrounding the transgender community. From what terms to use to common misrepresentations. Journalists and transgender activists discuss how journalists can cover stories involving the community, suggested story ideas, and issues that may be coming next.

Moderator: Jason Parsley, executive editor, South Florida Gay News

Race, Religion and Politics: Avoiding Stereotypes and Leading Community Conversation

Presented by The Kneeland Project. Race and religion continue to stoke the fires of political rhetoric and polarize the relationship between minority communities, law enforcement and political parties around the country. Well-meaning journalists unintentionally contribute to negative stereotypes because they do not recognize their own bias and lack diverse perspectives from people not represented in the newsroom. Learn from real news examples and get solutions for leading a reasoned community conversation on the most difficult of topics.

Trainers: Kevin Benz (@kbenztx), training faculty, The Kneeland Project; i-Media Strategies; Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson, @ColorOfChange), executive director,

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Kevin Benz
Kevin works with journalists and news leaders developing newsroom systems aimed at producing more engaging journalism on-air and online. After 30 years in broadcast and online journalism, 12 as News Director, Kevin now coaches and trains news leaders with the Carol Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism and as founder of i-Media Strategies.

Rashad Robinson
"Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of With over 1 million members, ColorOfChange is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Since 2005, ColorOfChange has been a leading force in holding government and corporations accountable to Black people and advancing visionary solutions for building a just society for everyone. For the past four years, Rashad has greatly expanded the scope and impact of the organization, from fighting for justice for Black people hurt or killed due to anti-Black violence to battling attempts to suppress the Black vote, ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of the most critical civil rights issues of this century. Rashad has appeared on ABC, CNN, MSNBC and NPR, and was recently selected as one of EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 honorees."

Look. Up in the Sky: It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A (legal) ... Drone!

Congress mandated that the FAA safely integrate the use of drones into the National Air Space by 2015. The FAA has stated that no one may use drones commercially without applying for and receiving a special exemption, then it rushed through a rule that required all drones to be registered. Many states and local governments have enacted regulations regarding drone use. Aside from safety, privacy and ethics issues abound. Come learn the history of drone use for newsgathering along with updating and explaining the latest rules, regulations and incidents involving drones. You'll get practical advice regarding the best ways to deal with these issues and concerns.

Trainer: Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel, National Press Photographers Association

New Orleans News and the New Role of the Press in the Digital Age

A look at the changes wrought after the 137-year-old hometown paper switched its emphasis to "Digital First"--including a modern news war, initiated by the development of a new daily, The New Orleans Advocate, as well as collaborations between legacy media (print and broadcast) with new online publications--leads to an exciting discussion of the new role of the press as these changes take place nationwide in the digital age.

Moderator: Steve Buttry (@stevebuttry), editor blog on digital media The Buttry Diary and director student media, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
Speakers: Rebecca Theim (@rebeccatheim), freelance writer, journalism instructor and author, Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the New Orleans Times-Picayune; S.L. Alexander, lead author, “The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World: The Transformation of an American Newspaper”; Andrea Miller, co-editor “News Evolution or Revolution: The Future of Print Journalism in the Digital Age” and associate dean, LSU Manship School Mass Communication; Steve Beatty, longtime journalist & editor online newsroom The Lens

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Steve Buttry (Moderator) editor The Buttry Diary blog on digital media and Director Student Media, LSU Manship School Mass Communication
Buttry has more than 40 years' experience in the news business, including serving as Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media and has worked as a journalist and also trained journalists around the world, including Latin America, Europe, the Mid-East and Asia. Buttry edits a highly praised blog on changes in the news business in the digital age, The Buttry Diary (

S.L. Alexander, PhD lead author "The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World: The Transformation of an American Newspaper (Lexington Books, 2014)
Journalist Alexander, with four decades' experience in print and broadcast--including 20+ years on the Loyola University faculty--has written extensively on press coverage of courts including books such as ""Courtroom Carnival: Famous New Orleans Trials." Alexander discusses the impact of the changes on the way news is now covered (print, broadcast, online, new collaborations) in New Orleans in the digital age.

Steve Beatty, editor online New Orleans newsroom The Lens
Beatty has worked as an editor and investigative journalist in New Orleans (The Times-Picayune), Atlanta (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and for a a public policy think-tank. Beatty edits The Lens, founded in 2009 as the area's first non-profit, nonpartisan public interest newsroom, advocating for openness and more transparent governance, a new type of journalism in the digital age.

Andrea Miller PhD, co-editor "News Evolution or Revolution? The Future of Print Journalism in the Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2014) and Associate Dean LSU Manship School Mass Communication
Miller was an award-winning TV news producer for stations in Texas and has written about crisis coverage, including the recent book "Oil and Water" examining the dual disasters of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil disaster. Miller examines the future of the news industry with a focus on breaking news and crisis communication of PR practitioners and journalists in the digital age. nnnnnnnnnnn Rebecca Theim, MA, author "Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune" (Pelican Publishing, 2012) oooooooooo Theim is a former reporter with the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. In "Hell and High Water," Theim chronicles the fierce grassroots battle by the New Orleans community to maintain daily publication of the newspaper, set against the backdrop of the nation's imploding newspaper industry in the digital age.

Covering Islam

Islam is in the local and national headlines every day. It's no longer just something foreign correspondents need to know about. The presidential election underlines that. General assignment reporters in the smallest markets can just as easily find themselves tackling the topic. It's a political story, a national security story and a local community story. And it’s a lightning rod for controversy. Two veteran reporters who have covered Islam for decades and co-edited the free e-book Islam for Journalists, along with three leading figures in American Muslim community, provide insights, tips and leads that will help veterans and those new to covering Islam hit the ground running.

Trainers: Lawrence Pintak, former CBS News Middle East correspondent and founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Co-editor, "Islam for Journalists"; Shaheen Pasha (@ProfPasha), journalism professor, Umass Amherst and former Islamic finance correspondent, Thomson Reuters; Stephen Franklin, former Chicago Tribune Middle East correspondent and co-editor of "Islam for Journalists"; Salam Al-Maryati, president, Muslim Public Affairs Council; Jihad Turk, founding president, Bayan Claremont Islamic graduate school in Southern California

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Lawrence Pintak
Lawrence Pintak has reported from across the Muslim world for more than three decades. As CBS News Middle East correspondent in the 1980s, he covered the first suicide bombings against the U.S. and the rise of anti-American terrorism. Pintak, who holds a PhD in Islamic Studies, was founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (2009-2016) and previously headed the largest journalism training center in the Arab world. He is the author of several books on relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world, and is co-editor of Islam for Journalists.

Salam Al-Marayati
"Nationally recognized for his commitment to improving the public understanding of Islam and policies impacting American Muslims, Salam is president and co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He oversees MPAC’s groundbreaking civic engagement, public policy, and advocacy work. He is an expert on Islam in the West, Muslim reform movements, human rights, democracy, national security, and Middle East politics. He has spoken at the White House, Capitol Hill and represented the U.S. at international human rights and religious freedom conferences."

Shaheen Pasha
Shaheen Pasha is an assistant professor of journalism at UMass Amherst. She was based in Dubai for Thompson Reuters as the Middle East Regional Editor its legal magazine The Brief and Islamic finance correspondent. Previously, she was assistant professor of journalism at The American University in Cairo. Pasha has worked as banking and legal reporter, a reporter at Dow Jones Newswires, where she had a daily column in the Wall Street Journal, and appeared as a regular correspondent on CNBC Asia. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Jihad Turk
Jihad Turk is the president of Bayan Claremont, a graduate school designed to educate Muslim scholars and religious leaders. He previously served as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the oldest and largest mosque in the Los Angeles area.His field of research focuses on Islamic Law with an emphasis on usul al-fiqh, or jurisprudence as well as theology. His current interests also include identity formation in the American-Muslim community, interfaith relations, Islamic reform movements, and community leadership and development with a focus nnnnnnnnnnn Stephen Franklin oooooooooo Stephen Franklin is a former Middle East correspondent and labor writer for the Chicago Tribune. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he has reported from Afghanistan to Peru. He has trained journalists in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and created online courses for journalists around the globe for the International Center for Journalists. He is the author of Three Strikes: Labor's Heartland Losses and What They Mean for Working Americans and co-editor of Islam for Journalists.

Immigration: Bridging Ethnic Divides

The immigration controversy has turned a spotlight on ethnic communities, often defined—and divided—by language and culture. What are they talking about? What do these smaller conversations mean for our broader democracy? How can we listen in to each other? Meet representatives from several joint academic-newsroom projects that are sharing stories across languages, cultures, and the U.S. border. Panelists will talk about the rewards and lessons learned from their work and will offer advice for newsrooms interested in trying similar experiments.

Speakers: Zita Arocha, Borderzine director, University of Texas at El Paso; Karen Pennar, Center for Community and Ethnic Media, City University of NY Graduate School of Journalism; Vanessa Vancour, Noticiero Movíl, Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada-Reno; Carol Pauli, associate professor, Texas A&M University School of Law

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Zita Arocha
Zita Arocha is a bilingual journalist and writer who teaches multimedia journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a long time advocate for diversity in news media and mentor to many journalism students of color. Arocha is founder and director of the award-winning, student-produced, an online news magazine about border culture and Latino issues published since 2008. She has also created several journalism-training workshops at UTEP, among them the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy for journalism teachers from Hispanic Serving Institutions (this year also from HBCU’s) and the decade-long Journalism in July workshop for border region high school journalists. She led the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as ED in the mid 1990s and reported for many years for the Washington Post, the Miami Herald and two afternoon dailies.

Daniela Gerson
Daniela Gerson is the community engagement editor at the Los Angeles Times. As a journalist and educator, her work focuses on multiethnic communities and innovations in participatory media. She was previously the director of the Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative at USC's Annenberg School. Gerson was the founding editor of Alhambra Source, a research-based site investigating how local news can foster civic engagement. She also developed Reporter Corps, a program to train young adults to report on their own communities. Gerson has contributed to the Financial Times Magazine, the New York Times, PRI’s The World, Der Spiegel, WNYC, and was a staff immigration reporter for the New York Sun. Daniela is the recipient of Alexander von Humboldt and Arthur F. Burns fellowships to research guest worker programs in Europe. @dhgerson |

Karen Pennar
Karen Pennar is co-director of the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. She is also editor of Voices of NY, a news site that publishes stories from New York City's community and ethnic press. Her first reporting job was at the Journal of Commerce, where she wrote about foreign currencies. She worked for nearly two decades at BusinessWeek, covering a wide range of domestic and international topics, including globalization, Federal Reserve policy, international trade, human capital, and the privatization of Russian enterprises. She was the lead writer on numerous BusinessWeek cover stories and served as assistant managing editor for its 1999 special issue, 100 Years of Innovation. She speaks conversational French and Russian.

Vanessa Vancour
Vanessa Vancour is coordinator of the Nevada Media Alliance at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. In June, 2015, she began piloting a program to develop bilingual multimedia news coverage in time for the 2016 presidential election. The program is made possible by the Online News Association Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Vancour previously served as an account manager and strategist for Noble Studios, a digital agency with clients in northern Nevada, the Bay Area and Southern California. She founded the Reno-Tahoe Bloggers network and is co-founder/writer for Off-Tract Blog. Her work has appeared in national media including ABC News, Glamour magazine, AOL Daily Finance, Business 2 Community, Redbook Magazine and BabyZone. She is fluent in Spanish. nnnnnnnnnnn Carol Pauli (moderator) oooooooooo Carol Pauli teaches legal writing as an associate professor at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth. She researches and writes about the role of the news media in conflict and conflict resolution. She is a former writer for the Evansville (IN) Sunday Courier & Press and the Decatur (IL) Herald-Review. She wrote and edited news for the Associated Press broadcast wire and for CBS News, both in New York City. She formerly taught journalism and mass communication law at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Making A Murderer — And Covering Him

Netflix may have brought Steven Avery into American living rooms with its late 2015 megahit “Making A Murderer.” But the reporters who covered the original charges against Avery — convicted of a sexual assault in 1985 and exonerated and released 18 years later; convicted of a murder in 2007 and now appealing that conviction — know the most and most-newsworthy aspects of Avery’s cases. Hear what the key journalists involed in the original reporting learned in the process — and what Netflix left out or got wrong.

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Indian Country Issues

The Lens of Sovereignty: Telling Our Own Stories with Our Own Voices

Come learn how the Cherokee Nation is blazing a trail through native media with its documentary-style, award-winning TV/web series, "Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People." Learn how the idea was born, what it took to create the show and how its producers work with filmmakers to create authentic Cherokee stories that have been described as their very own type of journalism. We will also discuss the state of native film and media today and why this show is an important voice for all Native Americans, not just Cherokees.

Speakers: Jennifer Loren (@notsonewsjen), Executive Producer/Host, "Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People"; Sterlin Harjo (@SterlinHarjo), filmmaker, director, producer; Jeremy Charles (@jeremycharles), Director, "Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People"

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Jennifer Loren
Jennifer Loren is a journalist and 14-year veteran of the TV business; currently the Executive Producer and Host of "Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People." Jennifer is a Cherokee Nation citizen and enjoys the opportunity to tell the stories of the Cherokee people, documenting the tribe’s history, culture and progress in the groundbreaking documentary-style show. She is a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma and a member of the Native American Journalists Association and Society of Environmental Journalists. She is an eight-time Emmy nominee and won an Emmy for best cultural documentary in 2015 and in 2012 for her coverage of politics and government. She has also won several awards for investigative reporting including the 2011 Society of Environmental Journalists’ Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award. She is based out of Tulsa, where she is raising her two children.

Jeremy Charles
Jeremy Charles is the co-founder of FireThief, an award winning video production company based out of Tulsa, OK. He is a producer and director of "Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People," an Emmy-winning documentary-style show produced for the Cherokee Nation. Jeremy is also an award-winning visual artist, still photographer and art director, best known for his creative portraits of musicians, public figures and athletes.

Fair To Compare? The Journalistic Comparison and Contrast of Racial Struggles in Indian Country

In the world of Indian Country journalism, the topic often arises in regard to the Washington Redskins or the Asian American rock band who call themselves 'The Slants.' When writing about such topics, comparisons to racial struggles and racial stereotypes are drawn and sometimes considered interchangeable. But is this a correct assertion? Are these (and other) terminologies the same, or according to a plethora of responses on social media by a varying degree of individuals from many ethnicities, an unfair and non-related assumption?

Moderator: Vincent Schilling (@VinceSchilling), arts-entertainment-sports and Pow Wows editor, Indian Country Today Media Network

Shield and Other Laws Up in Indian Country

Too few mainstream journalists cover Indian Country because it is "too confusing." They don't understand why people will not talk with them or take so long to get records/information. What they generally do not understand is each Native nation has its own constitution and laws about news reporting that can differ significantly from state and federal law. Although a few tribes have implemented press freedom acts and FOIA, as a general rule, these do not exist on tribal lands. Come learn how to navigate these waters to expand coverage opportunities.

Trainers: Bryan Pollard (@cherokee_editor), former executive editor, The Cherokee Phoenix; current tribal relations director, University of Arkansas; Kevin Kemper (@kevinrkemper), Native American Studies faculty, University of Oklahoma; Rebecca Tallent (@RebeccaTallent1), Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Idaho.

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Bryan Pollard
"Bryan Pollard is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the director of tribal relations for the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

He is formerly the executive editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, the oldest Native American newspaper first published in 1828. He is a descendent of Cherokee Nation original enrollees John Albert Terrell and Mary Elizabeth Taylor Terrell of Tahlequah, Okla.

During his tenure as executive editor, Bryan expanded the audience of the Cherokee Phoenix by bringing the historic newspaper into the multimedia age by implementing new products such as the website, a daily electronic newsletter, a weekly radio show, online videos, and the adoption of social media pages. He also positioned the Phoenix to play a vital role in revitalizing the Cherokee language by using it in its print and digital products. As a result, the Cherokee Phoenix has been recognized as one of the best newspapers in the state of Oklahoma and all of Indian Country.

Bryan is a lifetime member and current vice president of the Native American Journalists Association. He is also a member of NAJA’s Free Press Committee. He is a certified high school journalism teacher and has taught at Sequoyah High School, an Indian boarding school in Tahlequah, and has served as a mentor for numerous journalism workshops including the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists Working Press, the UNITY News and the NAJA Student Projects and Project Phoenix."

Kevin Kemper
Kevin R. Kemper, Ph.D., LL.M., is a lecturer in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and he also will adjunct teach this fall at the OU College of Law. Kemper, a former journalist and journalism educator, has published research about the laws and ethics of journalism and mass communication in Indian Country. Today, his research focuses on the need for transparency for records involving Indian land title.

Rebecca Tallent
Dr. Rebecca J. “Becky” Tallent is currently an Associate Professor of journalism in the University of Idaho’s School of Journalism and Mass Media where she teaches reporting, public relations courses, and Cultural Diversity and the Media. She is of Cherokee descent and much of her research revolves around Native media law.

Prior to joining academia, Becky worked as an oil & gas, financial and environmental reporter before spending 18 years as a PR professional.

A Society of Professional Journalist member since 1972, Becky currently sits on the national Board of Directors as a Campus Adviser at Large and is a member of the Journalism Education and Diversity committees. She is also a member of the Native American Journalists Association.

Covering Domestic Violence Against Native Women

"Native women suffer from violence at a rate two and a half times greater than that of any other population in the United States. One in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime; four in five will be victims of a violent assault. Join the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and a panel of Native journalists covering domestic violence for a discussion on the legal and ethical ramifications for journalists covering this topic. Includes: shared practices, common challenges and perspectives on why it’s important for both Native and non-Native media to report on this topic (for example: non-Native offenders commit an estimated 88% of these crimes). Learn how restoring safety to Native women and children upholds the sovereignty of Indian and Alaska Native tribes by delving into the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and how VAWA is applied in actual cases from tribal courts to the US Supreme Court. This program provides resources to aid in covering dv issues in your community, information on tackling legal jargon for the general public and space to share your experience covering sensitive tribal specific issues. "

Speakers: Princella RedCorn (@15Princella), Communications Officer, National Indigenous Women's Resource Center; Suzette Brewer (@suzette_brewer), Writer, Indian Country Today Media Network; Mallory Black (@mblack47), Independent Journalist, Native Peoples Magazine & Native Health News Alliance

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Princella RedCorn
Princella RedCorn is Communications Officer for the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) and has extensive experience in various aspects of media production and distribution, including historical research, documentary production, camera filming, sound engineer, video editing, youth media workshops and digital learning objects. RedCorn is a documentary film producer for two films on PBS about Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte (Omaha) called “Medicine Woman” and Standing Bear (Ponca) called “Standing Bear’s Footsteps” and worked within the Corporation for Public Broadcasting system as a Special Media Projects Coordinator for Vision Maker Media

Suzette Brewer
"Suzette Brewer is a writer specializing in federal Indian law and social justice issues, having written extensively on the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Supreme Court for Indian Country Today Media Network.

She has written for The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, the Denver Business Journal, and many others. Previously, she also served as public affairs officer for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and as communications director for the National Indian Gaming Association and the American Indian College Fund. Her published books include Real Indians: Portraits of Contemporary Native Americans and America's Tribal Colleges; Sovereign: An Oral History of Indian Gaming in America. She is the 2015 recipient of the Richard LaCourse-Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Investigative Journalism Award for her work on the Indian Child Welfare Act. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is from Stilwell, Oklahoma."

Mallory Black
"Mallory Black, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is an independent journalist based out of San Diego, California, where she is also the Communications Specialist for the San Diego State University Division of Student Affairs. Her stories on Native American communities in the areas of health, culture and law — including the Violence Against Women Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the Healthy Diné Nation Act — have been published by the Native Health News Alliance, Native Peoples Magazine and through the American Heart Association’s Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative.

A former intern for WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio and the Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services, Mallory holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in communication and minor in peace and justice studies from Utah Valley University. A member of the Native American Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, Mallory is also a former National Press Foundation fellow."

Native America and the Environment: Past, Present and Future

Indigenous organizations, grassroots groups and individuals have vital perspectives on environmental issues. From the Keystone XL pipeline to Oak Flat to climate change, Native populations are speaking out and bringing about change. Hear from journalists and tribal leaders about the layers of work it takes at the local, state, national and even international levels to address Indigenous environmental issues and generate ideas for your reporting.

Speakers: Antonia Gonzales (@antoniajen14), host and producer, National Native News; Tara Gatewood (@taran8v), host and producer, Native America Calling

Lessons From Indian Country: Collaboration Trumps Branding in Nonprofit Journalism

With the proprietary, independent nature of mainstream journalism — where getting the scoop first is a primary goal — collaboration across organizations and newsrooms can be difficult. What’s missing is a culture and history for creating relationships across brands. However, the collectivistic nature of Native culture allows for more holistic, collaborative approaches to journalism. Learn how Native Health News Alliance leveraged culture and mainstream journalism practices for successful partnerships with funders and other media.

Trainers: Teresa Trumbly Lamsam (@tlamsam) executive editor, Native Health News Alliance; Rebecca Landsberry (@beccalandsberry), managing editor, Native Health News Alliance; Gina Davis (@GinaMarieDavis), senior communications associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Politics in Indian Country

Montana's Native Americans are physically far removed from Washington D.C. However, the next U.S. president can have a tremendous effect on Montana's tribes in many ways. Students in the Montana Native News Project covered the political discourse in the state's seven reservations and will present their processes and findings.

Moderator: Jason Begay (@jasonbegay), associate professor, University of Montana School of Journalism

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News Leadership and Management

Multi-Generational Newsrooms: How They Work/Should Work

How can journalists of all ages work together more effectively in the newsroom, using the wisdom of experience and the newer skills of tech-savvy journalists?

Trainers: Kris Capps (@FDNMKris), columnist/community editor, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; Gary Black (@FDNMfeatures), features editor, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Leading the Engaged Newsroom

Journalists across the industry are learning how to listen to and interact with their audiences to create more relevant and sustainable work. But they can't do it alone. In this session, author of the influential American Press Institute strategy study "The best ways to build audience and relevance by listening to and engaging your community," will share her research into how newsroom leaders can cultivate organizational cultures that support and strengthen audience-focused journalism. Part presentation and part conversation, this session will invite participants to share their experiences, challenges, and ideas on how newsroom cultures can shift to better meet the demands of a participatory public.

Trainer: Monica Guzman (@moniguzman), 2015-16 Harvard Nieman Fellow

No More A**holes in the Newsroom

Presented by the The Kneeland Project. Bullying and bad behavior is too often accepted in the newsroom due to misconceptions about how competitive, high-achieving staff are expected to act. In reality, the outcome of managers accepting bad behavior leads to the opposite outcome — negative newsroom culture, low motivation and real financial costs due to employee churn. We'll discuss how to build a positive newsroom culture by identifying a**holes and responding to bad behavior.

Trainer: Kevin Benz (@kbenztx), training faculty, The Kneeland Project; i-Media Strategies

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Kevin Benz
Kevin works with journalists and news leaders developing newsroom systems aimed at producing more engaging journalism on-air and online. After 30 years in broadcast and online journalism, 12 as News Director, Kevin now coaches and trains news leaders with the Carol Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism and as founder of i-Media Strategies.

Online Harassment: Personal and Organizational Strategies to Combat Trolls

"Online harassment has been in the news because of several high-profile cases that have brought international attention to the issue this past year. However, newsrooms and other media organizations are woefully unprepared to deal with the issues of individual journalists — particularly women-- who are subjected to much of the online attacks. How can individuals help protect themselves online? What can media organizations do to support their employees and freelancers? This panel will address strategies and policies to protect journalists worldwide. "

Trainers: Michelle Ferrier (@yoursosteam), professor, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and founder of TrollBusters: Fighting Cyberharassment with Loves; Tracie Powell (@TMPowell), founder, All; Shireen Mitchell (@digitalsista), project Stopping Online Violence Against Women; founder of Digital Sisters/Sistas Inc.; Soraya Chemaly (@schemaly), Speech Project, Women's Media Center; Curtis Franklin Jr. (@kg4gwa), executive editor for technical content, InformationWeek

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Michelle Ferrier
"Michelle Ferrier is the founder of, a rescue service for women writers and journalists experiencing online harassment. She is a digital content architect with 30 years’ experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies. Ferrier is associate dean for innovation, research/creative activity and graduate studies in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

She is the president of Journalism That Matters and is active in research around the changing media ecosystem and curriculum change. She is the principal investigator for the Media Deserts Project ( that uses GIS technologies to examine places in the United States where fresh news and information are lacking."

Curtis Franklin Jr.
"Curtis Franklin Jr. is executive editor for technical content at InformationWeek where he oversees product and technology coverage for the publication. He is also executive producer for InformationWeek Radio, Dark Reading Radio, and Interop Radio where he works with InformationWeek editors and guests to tell a variety of compelling audio stories. Franklin co-hosts “This Week in Enterprise Technology” podcast on the TWiT network.

He has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. Franklin is the co-author of three books including “The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Podcasting” with George Colombo and “Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center” with Brian Chee."

Shireen Mitchell
"Shireen Mitchell is an internet pioneer born and raised in the projects of New York. She played video games before they could be played o

n TVs and designed BBS boards and gopher sites before the Web went worldwide. Mitchell is a technological founder, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, advocate, diversity analyst, and a political, digital and social strategist. She was an early adopter and one of the few women of color Web designers in the early 90s.

Digital Sisters/Sistas Inc. focuses on women and girls of color in tech and online access. Stop Online Violence Against Women is a project to address gender-based and racially-charged threats of violence."

Tracie Powell
"Tracie Powell is the founder and editor of All Digitocracy, which focuses on technology, media and policy. She also writes regularly for the Columbia Journalism Review. Powell’s early career involved reporting and editing jobs at The Augusta Chronicle, The Austin American-Statesman and

She launched Eclipse, a regional magazine and companion online publication, in Dallas, Texas, in 2004. Two years later, Powell earned journalism and public policy fellowships at The Ohio State University and on Capitol Hill with the House Judiciary Committee. She earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Her byline has regularly appeared at Poynter Institute, The Washington Post, Newsweek and People magazine."

Operational Security for Journalists

Every citizen concerned with privacy worries about mass surveillance. Journalists, as they increasingly see state and private aggressors follow their activities, have the additional threat of targeted surveillance. To work safely, journalists cannot rely only on mass surveillance counter-measures. They need long-term security plans based in military intelligence. This session will cover the most important intelligence principles for operational security, as applied to reporting and human rights work. Contrary to Hollywood and amateurs in the Privacy Movement, security demands that we change our behaviors, not just our equipment, so leave behind your phone, computer, and digital encryption tools for this one.

Speakers: Mei-Ling McNamara (@MLMcNamara), documentary filmmaker, The Guardian; Larry Jones, Managing Instructor, CR Working Group; Daryl Baginski, Managing Member, CR Working Group

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Mei-Ling McNamara
Mei-Ling is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, working in both print and broadcast media. Her productions have included work for international broadcasters including CNN International, PBS, and Al-Jazeera English. She has made a number of investigative and current affairs documentaries in the areas of human rights, social issues and environmental justice. She earned her Ph.D. in Documentary Film from University of Edinburgh.

Larry Jones
Larry is a former US Marine Intelligence Analyst and Intelligence Chief with the Special Operations Training Group (SOTG). He teaches surveillance, counter-surveillance, and long-term security planning. He earned his M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.

Daryl Baginski
Daryl is an attorney licensed in New Mexico. He teaches criminal procedure, namely, search and seizure, detainment, and arrest procedures. He is a former US Marine. He earned his J.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from Syracuse University.

Profs and Pros: Building Partnerships Between the News Industry and Academics One Project at a Time

There has been an increased interest in forming partnerships between news organizations and journalism programs ever since the major funders of journalism education, such as the Knight Foundation, urged academics to adopt a teaching hospital model. Little attention, though, has been given to single projects that are mutually beneficial to both and take less effort than a total redesign of a curriculum. Panelists will discuss projects undertaken at Gaylord College in partnership with major news organizations such as Sinclair Broadcast Group and covering the Iowa caucuses for the Huffington Post. The unintentional benefits and unseen pitfalls projects like this can create for both professionals and professors will be discussed.

Trainers: Julie Jones, (@joneszz), associate professor, University of Oklahoma; Stan Heist, (@stanheist), director of news training & development, Sinclair Broadcast Group; John Schmeltzer (@jschmeltz), Engleman/Livermore professor, University of Oklahoma; Natalie Jackson (@nataliemjb), Senior Polling Editor, Huffington Post

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Julie Jones
Julie Jones teaches multimedia, mobile journalism at Gaylord College. She has teaching awards from the International Communication Association (ICA) and Kappa Theta Alpha. The National Press Photographers Association recognized Jones' contributions with the Joseph Costa award. Part of her research focuses how new technologies can provide different kinds of learning experiences. An article in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator examined how social network patterns grew out of a mobile journalism class’s coverage of a racist event on OU’s campus. The work earned top paper at the MobileMe&You conference. Jones was an award winning video photojournalist before earning her doctorate at the University of Minnesota.

Stan Heist
Stan Heist designs and leads professional development programs for Sinclair’s local and national newsrooms. He also works closely with Journalism programs across the country to help attract the best talent to Sinclair. Stan holds a BA from the University of Dayton, and a MA from the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where he was also a lecturer. He has taught visual journalists the craft of visual storytelling at dozens of seminars in the US, Canada, Japan and Denmark. Since 2006, Heist has been a faculty member of the NPPA’s News Video Workshop, where he currently serves as a workshop co-director. His work in local newsrooms as a photojournalist in Dayton, Richmond, and Baltimore has earned numerous EMMY, RTDNA, NPPA, and Associated Press awards. His team in Baltimore was twice named a finalist for the NPPA’s Station of the Year award, and in 2006, Stan was named the NPPA National Television News Photographer of the Year.

Natalie Jackson
Natalie Jackson is Senior Polling Editor at Huffington Post, coordinating the Pollster section of the site. Her primary focus is on polling coverage and methodology, statistical methods, and using polls to forecast elections. Jackson has a PhD in political science from the University of Oklahoma, with heavy emphasis on statistics, survey methodology, and American politics. Prior to joining Huffington Post, she worked as a survey consultant as a postdoctoral associate at Duke University and as senior analyst at the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

John Schmeltzer
John Schmeltzer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Engleman/Livermore Professor in Community Journalism at the Gaylord College of Journalism. He teaches newsgathering, advanced multimedia and community journalism courses. Schmeltzer spent most of his professional career at the Chicago Tribune, where he helped direct the newspaper’s west suburban coverage before returning to reporting as a business writer. He was a lead writer in the Tribune’s aviation project, “Gateway to Gridlock,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism. Schmeltzer’s coverage of the United Airlines bankruptcy was a finalist for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Gerald Loeb award.

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Tech and Tools

Geek Out! Latest Gadgets, Apps & Technology

This annual session is where attendees 'get their geek on' by sharing information and asking questions about the latest tech innovations and how they can be used by journalists. What will we talk about this year? VR Journalism? Thetas? Oculus? Google Cardboard? Come for an informal, engaging, interactive session where we strip out the formality and chat about all the cool stuff going on in journalism — and why it’s such a fun time to work in it. One condition: Come with an open and non-judgmental mind — and with your own topics to discuss.

Trainer: Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist), journalism professor, USC, co-founder of #WJCHAT and creator of JoVRnalism

Drone Journalism: Fly Before You Buy

Maybe you’ve read stories about the confusing laws that (might) let you use a drone in your work. Maybe you’ve even attended a drone workshop and listened to experts run through some scenarios. But have you ever flown the damn thing? Seen what it can do? Learn the latest drone law, discover which assignments a drone can excel at, and then take to the skies to record your own HD footage — which we’ll send you after the session. Even better, borrow a Phantom 3 Pro through SPJ Florida’s “Loan-a-Drone" program and get right to work.

Trainers: Brandon Ballenger (@btballenger), associate editor,; Michael Koretzky (@koretzky), SPJ Region 3 director

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Brandon Ballenger
Past SPJ Florida president Brandon Ballenger is the associate editor for, a unique provider of personal finance news and financial services. His dabbling in interactive content led him to experiment with drones, and he has spent more than a year flying and leading drone workshops and information sessions across South Florida and at SPJ regional conferences. His business and money writing has been featured in The South Florida Business Journal, Money Talks News, Business Insider, Reader’s Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, on the homepages of MSN and Yahoo!, and more.

Michael Koretzky
Michael Koretzky is SPJ's Region 3 director. While he's attended an all-day drone training, the only time he tried to fly one, he nearly crashed it into the side of a building.

Free Newsroom Tools for Taming the Real-Time Internet

Speed of discovery and speed to broadcast are essential in today’s ever-evolving world of media. What if you could turn your laptop into a virtual drone — obtaining immediate “eyes in the sky” capabilities for precise areas of interest? A capacity achieved within seconds and through a few keystrokes and clicks. In this high-tech/high-powered session, attendees will be exposed to cutting-edge applications and techniques for: 1) discovery of breaking news seconds into an event; 2) connecting with sources on scene; verifying and validating developing stories; 3) accessing user generated content into news coverage; 4) easily publishing to their broadcast and digital audiences. Join for a fast-moving presentation highlighting the latest available resources for tackling social signals, multimedia content, and complex data points to reach audiences faster via the real-time web.

Trainer: Victor Hernandez (@ToTheVictor), Director of Media Innovation, Banjo

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Victor Hernandez
"A recent profile piece on him began with the following statement, 'With what he’s wearing, Victor Hernandez seems to be part human and part robot.' And while all human cyborg rumors can neither be confirmed or denied, Hernandez has developed a reputation for infusing traditional journalism leadership with new media applications to push new storytelling boundaries.

Hernandez is the Director of Media Innovation at Banjo, a fast-growth startup specializing in event detection used everyday by thousands of journalists. He recently concluded a year-long academic fellowship with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at University of Missouri focused on the impact of the Apple Watch and newsrooms."

Emergence, Excitement & Ethics of Virtual Reality Video

News organizations from the New York Times to Frontline to Fusion are using virtual reality video to tell stories in amazing ways. If you haven’t looked through a Google Cardboard or an Oculus Rift just think back to your childhood View Master, which was introduced back in 1939. Though those were still shots they might be the closest thing you can imagine. But a virtual reality news story or documentary will blow your mind. People step out in front of your eyes to talk to you. You can turn around to see the scene 360 degrees around you, above and below. Graphics and images are used in new ways. Storytelling has changed forever. But what does it take to shoot VR video? How does the videographer not get in the shot? And how does the editing work, including using spacial sound? This session brings together people using the technology to answer these questions and more. They’ll demonstrate the technology. And we’ll talk about the ethical implications VR video in journalism poses including whether photojournalists can influence the scenes they record, and whether the visceral nature requires new ethical guidelines.

Moderator: Amy Tardif (@AmyTardif), FM station manager & news director, WGCU Public Media
Trainers: Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist / @VRJournalism), digital journalism professor, USC Annenberg & co-creator of JoVRnalism; Clàudia Prat (@webDOCC), VR producer, Fusion; adviser, Master in Gender and Communication, University Autònoma of Barcelona

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Claudia Prat
Clàudia Prat is an innovative producer working in between technology, filmmaking and non-fiction storytelling. She graduated last December from Studio 20 NYU, the Master's Program directed by media guru Jay Rosen, where she did her thesis project about "Bringing 360-degree video and virtual reality into journalism". Before that, she had worked in Europe and Canada as an independent documentary filmmaker and creating tools to make technology accessible to researchers, activists and journalists. In her hometown, Barcelona (Spain) she organized the first interactive-documentary meetings held in the city. Now she is based in NYC where she is working with Fusion Media Group creating innovative content.

Robert Hernandez
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 revenue. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic... he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for,,, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of#wjchat and co-creator of the Diversify Journalism Project. His most recent work includesAugmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality — he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: Jovrnalism. He serves on the Online News Association board and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is the recipient of SPJ’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. He has made it to imgur’s front page more than once.

Amy Tardif (moderator)
Moderator: Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 5 in news, production and the radio reading service. Her program Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. She was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She is currently the Chair of RTDNF. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007-2012. She was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for 8 years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR's Morning Edition. Tardif is a PRNDI trainer vocal coach and has also worked as a police spokesperson and TV anchor/reporter.

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The Craft

Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster

"In today's media landscape, ""broadcasting"" isn't just for radio and television people. More and more print journalists and those new to broadcasting are now required to use their voices for podcasts and other online content. However, finding your voice isn't always easy. Learn techniques so you can deliver copy in a clear, conversational manner and more effectively communicate with your audience. We'll have scripts to help you unleash your inner broadcaster. NOTE: While this session is a great way for print journalists to develop stronger vocal ability, it's also an excellent session for radio and television broadcasters to fine-tune their skills and sound better on the air. It is also a great way for newsroom managers to learn new techniques for coaching their own staffs. "

Trainers: George Bodarky (@georgebodarky), news director, WFUV; trainer, Public Radio News Directors Inc.; Amy Tardif (@AmyTardif), FM station manager & news director WGCU; chair RTDNF; trainer, Public Radio News Directors Inc.

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George Bodarky
George Bodarky is the News and Public Affairs Director at WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx. George is the Past President of Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and a Past President and current board member of the New York State Associated Press Association. He is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multi-platform journalism. George is also an adjunct professor at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism and has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is widely known for his vocal coaching and journalism training. Over the years his students have won countless awards and have secured employment as anchors, reporters, writers and producers in commercial and public television and radio outlets across the nation. Prior to working at WFUV, George spent many years as an anchor, reporter and news manager in commercial radio and television.

Amy Tardif
Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 5 in news, production and the radio reading service. Her program Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. She was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She is currently the Chair of RTDNF. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007-2012. She was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for 8 years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR's Morning Edition. Tardif is a PRNDI trainer vocal coach and has also worked as a police spokesperson and TV anchor/reporter.

Will It Podcast? Audio Content Development for All

"In this session you will develop an audio podcast concept and create a production plan for it. Whether your background is in print, online or broadcast, you'll learn to think like a podcaster and take your idea forward.The top podcasts on iTunes all have their origins in public radio. The wild popularity of ""Serial"" has all sorts of media outlets eager to tap new digital audiences for audio. Standout podcasts require thoughtful development, beyond the early days of ""a guy/girl and a mic in the garage."" But strong podcasts don't necessarily take an army of producers and seasoned broadcasters. "

Trainer: Eve Troeh (@evetroeh), news director, WWNO-FM

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Eve Troeh
Eve Troeh is News Director at WWNO, New Orleans Public Radio, home of the podcasts "Katrina: The Debris," "Tripod: New Orleans @300," and "Unprisoned." She has been a staff reporter for public radio's "Marketplace," and a producer and reporter for several NPR and other radio programs.

Audio: It Doesn't Have To Be Hard

As more organizations turn their attention toward the creation of audio — and podcasts in particular — the basic skills of gathering, creating and editing sound are more and more valuable. In a session that will be useful for audio beginners and experienced pros alike, Charlie Meyerson explains how easily (and cheaply!) much of it can be done — beginning with the smartphone already in your pocket.

Trainer: Charlie Meyerson (@Meyerson), VP/editorial, Rivet Radio

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Charlie Meyerson
Charlie Meyerson, founding head of news at startup Rivet Radio, has devoted a career in Chicago to connecting great journalism with growing audiences — online, on air, in print. He's held managerial roles at the Chicago Tribune, WGN-AM and WNUA-FM. He's won awards — including this year's national Edward R. Murrow Award for audio investigative reporting — for his work at Rivet, FM News Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, WNUA and WXRT-FM, where he still can be heard as an occasional substitute news anchor. He's contributed to Chicago Public Media WBEZ-FM 91.5 and Crain's Chicago Business. He's also been an adjunct professor of journalism at Roosevelt and Northwestern Universities and Columbia College Chicago.

How to Investigate Potentially Wrongful Convictions and Other Criminal Justice Issues

Since 1999, The Medill Justice Project ( has investigated potentially wrongful convictions and conducted groundbreaking research, uncovering revelatory information that has impacted people’s lives and the criminal justice system across the United States. Learn how a journalism justice project obtains records, tracks down sources and publishes investigations. In the pursuit of the truth in one case, a federal judge cited The Medill Justice Project’s findings when he ruled no reasonable jury would find the defendant guilty and ordered the prisoner’s release. In another case, just days after The Medill Justice Project published its investigation, prosecutors dismissed all the serious charges against the defendant, eliminating more than 30 years of a potential prison sentence. In addition, learn about the Journalism Justice Network (, an international coalition The Medill Justice Project launched that connects journalists who research, report and publish their findings about wrongdoings in the criminal justice system.

Trainer: Alec Klein, director, Medill Justice Project; Tom Lowenstein, founder, New Orleans Journalism Project

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Alec Klein, director, Medill Justice Project
Alec Klein, director of The Medill Justice Project, is an award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author and professor at Northwestern University. Klein worked for many years as an investigative reporter at the Washington Post. He previously worked at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Virginian-Pilot. His investigations have led to significant reforms, congressional hearings, federal law, criminal convictions and more than half a billion dollars in government fines. Under Klein’s leadership, the renowned Medill Justice Project has uncovered revelatory information and impacted legal proceedings throughout the country. He gives talks throughout the world on investigative reporting and other issues.

Listening Is A Revolutionary Act

Audience engagement is no longer an afterthought; it’s necessary for business survival. But how do newsrooms design engagement that’s meaningful and truly influences reporting? Two journalists have been researching and developing civic-minded approaches and tools. In this hands-on skill-building session, you'll learn about the projects, and the lessons learned. We'll invite participants to brainstorm new outreach ideas for their own communities. This hands-on workshop will focus on how listening to and engaging with audiences creates more original stories, diverse sources, higher performing content, and generates leads for a newsroom’s bottom line.

Trainers: Jesse Hardman (@jesseahardman), founder, Listening Post; Jennifer Brandel, founder, Hearken; founder of WBEZ's Curious City

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Jennifer Brandel
Jennifer Brandel is CEO and Co-founder of Hearken. She began her career in journalism in the early aughts, reporting for outlets including NPR, CBC, WBEZ, The New York Times and Vice. In 2012 she founded a groundbreaking series called Curious City at WBEZ in Chicago and is spreading the audience-first model around the world via Hearken. The company graduated from the Matter VC accelerator and took home "Best Bootstrap Company" at the SXSW 2016 Accelerator competition. Brandel was awarded the 2016 Media Changemaker Prize by the Center for Collaborative Journalism.

Jesse Hardman
"Jesse Hardman is a New Orleans based reporter, media developer, and journalism educator. He’s the creator of the Listening Post, a community engagement media project that’s expanding in the US.

Hardman contributes to NPR, Al Jazeera, and Le Monde Diplomatique. Last year he covered climate change for New Orleans Public Radio. He’s also reported from Egypt, Thailand, Tunisia, Vietnam, China, Ethiopia, and Chile.

Hardman taught journalism at The City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. Hardman has trained local journalists in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Peru, and South Africa."

Keep Calm and Communicate: New Ways to Engage With Your Audience During a Crisis

Local reporting during a crisis has become incredibly nuanced and challenging. Social media and the constant stream of information online has created an overabundance of information, much of which is unverified and untrusted. At the same time, underserved, isolated populations who do not have access are often left out of the conversation. When your audience and your community is rife with rumors and misinformation, how are you going to find a way to be the trusted, sought out destination? Join us as we hear from four people who have come up with dynamic solutions to this challenge in their communities around the world. They’re ready to share new audience engagement tools, rumor trackers, and innovative partnership solutions but also want to hear from you, so bring experiences and ideas with you!

Speakers: Alison Campbell (@Zimalicat), Senior Director for Global Initiatives, Internews; Jesse Hardman (@JesseAHardman), Founder and Director, Listening Post, Marjorie Rouse (@Internews), Senior Vice President for Programs, Internews, Loris Ann Taylor (@NativePublicMed), President and CEO of Native Public Media, Inc.

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Alison Campbell
Alison Campbell is currently Internews’ Senior Director for Global Initiatives based in Washington, DC, overseeing our environmental, health and humanitarian programs. She recently relocated to the US from Asia, where she founded Internews Burma project in 2001, started the Internews Burma Journalism School and has been deeply involved in the recent exciting developments in the media scene in Burma/Myanmar over the last few years. With a background in both journalism and humanitarian relief, she specializes in the design and troubleshooting of media projects in conflict, post conflict, peacebuilding and other transitional environments.

Jesse Hardman
Jesse Hardman is a New Orleans based reporter, media developer, and journalism educator. He’s the creator of the Listening Post, a community engagement media project that’s expanding in the US. Hardman contributes to NPR, Al Jazeera, and Le Monde Diplomatique. Last year he covered climate change for New Orleans Public Radio. He’s also reported from Egypt, Thailand, Tunisia, Vietnam, China, Ethiopia, and Chile. Hardman taught journalism at The City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. Hardman has trained local journalists in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Peru, and South Africa.

Marjorie Rouse
Marjorie Rouse is Senior Vice President for Programs, providing the strategic vision and technical leadership for Internews’ program development efforts globally. Prior to this position, Rouse was Vice-President for Europe, Eurasia and ICT Policy for Internews Network, using her media experience to develop production and advocacy programs for independent broadcast media professionals and professional associations around the world. An award winning network news producer, Rouse has worked for many media outlets developing long and short format programming. From 1988 to 1995 Rouse was based in Moscow, covering the former Soviet Union, as well as conflict in the Balkans, Chechnya, Somalia and Haiti for NBC News.

Loris A. Taylor
Loris Taylor (Hopi Nation) President and CEO of Native Public Media, Inc. represents the media interests of Native America through legacy and new media technologies. She was instrumental in helping to establish the first FCC Tribal Priority for broadcasting and the new FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy. Taylor led the team to publish the first seminal study on broadband “New Media, Technology and the Internet Use in Indian Country” and contributed to the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. Taylor was honored with a 2006 Louis T. Delgado Award and the 2005 Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award.

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