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 Anaheim! All sessions are included as part of your conference registration — no additional fees apply.

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Thursday: 9 a.m. | 10:30 a.m. | 1 p.m. | 2:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. | 10:30 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. | 10:30 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 3 p.m.


Additional training opportunities: Deep-Dive Workshops at EIJ17

Aside from dozens of breakout sessions, EIJ17 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 EIJ17.

Watchdog Workshop, presented by IRE

Getting Drone Newsgathering Off the Ground: Navigating the Logistical, Technical and Regulatory Complexities

Narrative Storytelling: Dump The Inverted Pyramid No Matter Your Medium Of Choice

I Don't Always Create Videos, But When I Do They're For Social Media... (Getting Started With Social Video)

Immersive Storytelling Showcase

Google Tools for Journalists

Mobile Reporting and Data Visualization Tools

Narrative Storytelling: Learning From The Land Of 10,000 Stories

ACES’ Editing Boot Camp

NBCUniversity: The Fourth Estate

2017 CNBC Business News Associate Workshop

ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute

NAHJ Student Boot Camp

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.

Thursday, 9-10 a.m.

Reporte en televisión y radio con teléfonos inteligentes: ¡Grabe, edite, y salga en vivo!

Este taller se enfocará en enseñar aplicaciones digitales y técnicas de grabación empleadas en la producción de noticias para televisión y radio. La sesión será dictada por dos periodistas que han producido reportajes con sus teléfonos inteligentes en Washington, D.C. y San Antonio, Texas.

Moderador: Julian Rodriguez, Department of Communication, University of Texas at Arlington

Presentadores: Jairo Moreno, Reportero en Telemundo, San Antonio, Texas; Rolando Arrieta, News Production & Operations Manager at NPR, Washington, D.C.

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Julian Rodriguez
Julian Rodriguez is Lecturer in the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). His teaching interests include broadcast journalism, Hispanic-American media, audiovisual production for multiplatform distribution, new and emerging media technologies affecting journalism and content-driven industries, and news media industry adoption of online social networks in transmedia environments.

Julian’s research interests focus on Hispanic-American media adoption of online tools and social networks to distribute content, crowdsource and interact with followers, the effects of media messages on news information consumers, and society’s adoption of new and emerging media technologies to develop and nurture awareness systems.

Julian is the founder and news director of UTA News en Español, a unique Spanish-language university television newscast focusing on the interests of bilingual/bicultural college students. UTA News en Español works closely with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) on research and educational projects, and has ongoing on-air content production partnerships with Univision-Dallas (KUVN) and Telemundo-Dallas (KXTX).

Jairo Lozano
Jairo Lozano is weekend anchor and weekday video journalist at Telemundo 60 in San Antonio, Texas (KVDA); he has been using his smartphone as his only videography and editing tool for more than a year.

Jairo started his career at Telemundo 39 in Dallas, Texas; he joined the team as production assistant while he was still pursuing his college degree. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, he moved to McAllen, Texas and began his reporting career at Telemundo 40, KTLM, where he had the opportunity to grow as video journalist and fill-in anchor.

Jairo’s revolutionary way of using his smartphone to capture and file television news reports has caught the attention of his colleagues and the Telemundo Network.


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Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Impulsa tu carrera, marca personal e impacto utilizando medios digitales

La presencia digital es clave para tener una carrera de periodismo exitosa. Aprende a aprovechar los medios digitales para establecer tu marca personal, credibilidad y para amplificar el alcance e impacto de tus reportajes. En esta sesión bilingüe recibirás recomendaciones y recursos que podrás poner en práctica de inmediato.

Entrenadors: BA Snyder, Operations Manager, Veritas Group - Marketing & PR; Jose Zamora, senior vice president, Strategic Communications, Univision News

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BA Snyder
BA Snyder is the founder of Veritas Group, based in Austin, Texas. In February of 2015, the full service marketing and public relations firm expanded to New York and represents a diverse portfolio of clients ranging from startups to corporate brands. Additionally, Veritas Group is the current firm representing NAHJ.

Snyder began Veritas five years ago after seeing a growing concern within the communications industry that consequently resulted in poor sentiments toward PR representatives. During that time she has worked toward becoming a leading force in regaining trust, innovating and reviving the value marketing & PR professionals bring to the table. Instead of acting as sales agents, taking advantage of every relationship and opportunity without regard for integrity in process or content, Veritas Group applies a journalistic approach and exists as a resource for communities both on the local and national level.

BA initially moved to Austin to finish studying at the University of Texas and since then has been named by the Austin Business Journal as one of the top women of influence in Central Texas and is a two-time Forbes and Inc. 30 under 30 nominee. Snyder’s priority is to drive conscious capitalism ensuring all business continually maintains an underlying philanthropic initiative.

Jose Zamora
Jose Zamora joined Univision in June 2012. Jose leads strategic communications for Univision News. In that role he is responsible of ensuring that content produced by Univision’s news division has the widest possible reach and impact. Jose also manages the integration of media innovations into the newsroom and helps develop partnerships with foundations, nonprofits and other media and technology organizations that allow Univision News to further inform, engage and empower its audience. Prior to joining Univision, Jose managed Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge, an initiative to spur media innovation across the world. Zamora also helped manage Knight Foundation’s journalism program, where he helped develop over 100 grants to advance media innovation and freedom of the press. Zamora’s work included pioneering new type of grants and funding mechanisms such as program related investments and creating intellectual property language and open-source software guidelines for new experimental grant-making. He is a journalist and a former news executive with elPeriódico in Guatemala. He has a law degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquín, a specialization in media law from Oxford’s Media Law Advocates Programme and a master’s in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.


Periodismo en 360

Este taller les dará los requisitos esenciales para realizar producciones de vídeo en 360 y los preparará a ser un líder en esta nueva plataforma. Los pioneros de esta tecnología recomendaran cámaras y software más reconocidos en la industria y para cualquier presupuesto. Traigan sus laptops para esta sesión de aprendizaje práctica y útil.

Trainer: Robert Hernandez, Associate Professor of Professional Practice


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Thursday, 1-2 p.m.

Three P's In A Podcast

Almost anyone can podcast these days. But where do you start? How do you go from idea to production to launch? Come meet a panel of podcast innovators who will share tips on how to Pitch, Produce and Publish a podcast that people will remember. You’ll learn best practices in focusing an idea, basic recording and production techniques, identifying a target audience, available platforms to publish and promote the podcast. Come learn from the leaders in the podcasting industry about what worked, what didn’t and why.

Trainers: TBA


Charter Schools In Indian Country

Chartering in Indian Country: What does it take? How do local education systems, tribes and communities ensure schools serving Native students are culturally sensitive and poised to succeed? How can communities create a strong and steady educator pipeline for schools that serve Native American students? Join us to learn how tribal and mainstream media can produce powerful stories and impactful coverage of this important topic.

Trainers: Kara Bobroff (@klbobroff), executive director, NACA-Inspired School Network (NISN); Phil Gover, founding director, Sovereign Schools Project; Aaron Payment, board member, National Congress of American Indians

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Kara Bobroff
Kara Bobroff is Navajo/Lakota and began her career as a Special Education teacher in Albuquerque, teaching students with behavioral disorders. She served as Assistant Principal of a low-income school in Albuquerque and a middle school in Marin County, CA. As Principal of Newcomb Middle School in New Mexico, Kara worked with 250 Navajo students and seven reservation communities. She facilitated more than 50 community conversations that led to the founding of the Native American Community Academy (NACA) in 2006, and NACA-Inspired School Network (NISN) in 2014. Under her leadership, NACA has been recognized as a model for effective indigenous education by the New Mexico Indian Education Sub-Committee and has been invited by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to participate in national strategic reform for Indian education. In 2012, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in conjunction with the MetLife Foundation recognized NACA as one of 10 schools in the country for its ability to promote high achievement in spite of serving a large number of students living in poverty. NACA was recently highlighted by the state Legislative Finance Committee as one of the few middle schools in the state to show great promise. Kara has been recognized as one of the “Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs” in the country by President Obama, awarded a national Echoing Green Fellowship, and is a current Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow. She earned a Master’s in Special Education and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration as a Danforth Scholar from the University of New Mexico, where she received the Zia Award for University of New Mexico alumni for distinguished service in the field of education.

Phil Gover
The Sovereign Schools Project was founded in June 2016 to foster the growth of Native community-centered charter schools in Oklahoma. The SSP partners with education nonprofits and tribes to build Native-community centered public charter schools in urban and rural areas and believes that education is the next frontier for tribes to reclaim a vital aspect of tribal governance by providing access to public schools that affirm and celebrate Indigenous history and culture.

Aaron Payment
Aaron Payment is serving in his second term as Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. With 42,000 members, his tribe is the largest east of the Mississippi. He has served as a Tribal Council Member, Vice-Chairperson, and is now in his second four-year term as Chair.

Payment has been in tribal elective office for nearly 14 years. Prior to serving as Chair, he worked in higher education directly serving fellow Native Americans. He has also spent six summers coordinating the Michigan Anishnaabe Future Leaders youth training programs and 16 summers as a summer camp counselor for Upward Bound, a TRiO program which served up to 40 percent Native Americans. For over 20 years, he has provided annual training on Tribal Sovereignty & Government-to-Government relations to future Michigan legislators (16 current serving) through the Michigan Political Leadership Program which is housed out of Michigan State University.

He is a high school drop-out who earned a G.E.D., Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s in Public Administration, and coursework for two additional Master’s degrees in Education Administration and Education Specialist and completed his coursework and comprehensive exams toward a doctorate in Educational Leadership. He believes in giving back and affording other Native Americans and disadvantaged people opportunities to overcome adversity and the impacts of past United States Federal policy of forced assimilation.

Payment serves on the HHS Secretary Tribal Advisory Council, Health Research Advisory Counsel, Vice-President of M.A.S.T., and Vice-Chair of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan.


Using Big Data In Your Rapid Response Team

As more news outlets find themselves having to respond quickly to unexpected pronouncements from senior government officials in social media and elsewhere, their rapid response teams need to find relevant background and contextual information quickly. We'll show how to do that.

Trainers: Wayne Rash (@wrash), Washington Bureau Chief, eWEEK; Pam Baker (@bakercom1), Big Data Contributor, PC Magazine

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Wayne Rash
Wayne Rash is Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Columnist for eWEEK. He has been using big data in his reporting for several years, and his experience has led him to refine this capability to use it effectively in developing stories. He also writes frequently about the use of big data in the public and private sectors.

Pam Baker
Pam Baker is a freelance journalist and author. She is a regular contributor at PC Magazine on the big data and business analytics beat. Her published credits number in the thousands and among numerous media brands, including InformationWeek, CIO, and Institutional Investor magazine. Previously, Baker was former editor of FierceBigData, former executive editor for ABI Research's Wireless IQ and Telematics Journal publications, and a freelance analyst for VisionGain and Evans Research.

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.

Her latest book on big data, Data Divination: Big Data Strategies made the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recommended reading list, and met with rave reviews.


Protege tus datos y comunicaciones en la era de Trump

Esta sesión está dedicada a la protección de tus investigaciones, tu privacidad así como la identidad e información de tus fuentes. La sesión cubre protocolos de seguridad y herramientas para proteger la privacidad: ¿Cómo usar PGP? ¿Cómo proteger tu computadora y tus dispositivos móviles? ¿Cómo encriptar tus correos y llamadas telefónicas? ¿Cómo protegerte del espionaje electrónico?

Trainer: Jorge Luis Sierra, Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers

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Jorge Luis Sierra
Jorge Luis Sierra es un periodista de investigación latino basado en el sur de Texas. Jorge Luis se enfoca en la ciberseguridad, el periodismo de investigación y la tecnología para realizar reportajes en ambientes complejos, donde el riesgo de vigilancia física y electrónica es algo y en donde la vigilancia es una forma de planificar ataques de otra naturaleza. Actualmente dirige el Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers y , como Knight Fellow del Centro Internacional para Periodistas, desarrolló proyectos de investigación digital de crimen y corrupción, asi como ataques a la libertad de expresión en América Latina, Irak y áfrica.


Why You Need A Platform And How To Create One

As the compensation model for working journalists continues to shift from salary and work made for hire agreements, to compensation that's largely based on online metrics, so too must our approach to getting paid. Forget what you think you know about promoting yourself. It's time to platform! The simple fact of the matter is more publishers are demanding that you become a brand unto yourself, and there's no better way to be seen and heard than through the building and proper feeding of your own platform.

Trainers: Mikal Belicove (@belicove), author and journalist; Robyn Davis Sekula (@itsRobynwithay), consultant and writer

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Mikal Belicove
Mikal E. Belicove is a Las Vegas-based freelance brand and business journalist who applies journalistic tradecraft to business and corporate storytelling. Mikal’s recent credits include Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes, and SUCCESS Magazine, among others. He is the co-author of four books including "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook." Mikal’s next book — "Strategy? You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about!" — is due to be published in early 2018. Mikal is 1986 graduate of Keystone College. The college awarded him an honorary Ph.D. when he delivered its 2012 Commencement Keynote Address. When he’s not working, Mikal can be found trail running and playing table-tennis.

Robyn Davis Sekula
Robyn Davis Sekula is a public relations, marketing and social media consultant and speaker who lives in the Louisville, Ky., area. She primarily consults with organizations and business in communications, social media, public relations and marketing and is a frequent speaker on social media, communications and branding. She counts among her clients law firms, national-level non-profits, small businesses and government entities.

A former journalist, Robyn has served as President of the Society of Professional Journalists, Louisville Pro Chapter, and as Membership Chair of the national SPJ organization.

In her personal time, she is a mother of three girls, CrossFit enthusiast, traveler and music junkie.


Talking To Strangers: Craft And Conduct Interviews That Will Get Even The Haters To Talk

The difference between an adequate story and a great story often rests on the quality of insight provided by sources. It takes skill to get people to talk to you, to get them to say something worthwhile, and to get them to trust you. This seminar will provide tools and examples of how to get even the shy, the reluctant, and the attention hogs to give you something useful and colorful. Taught by a seasoned journalist who runs an interview-based program called the Writer's Symposium By The Sea.

Trainer: Dean Nelson (deannelson.net), journalist, founder and director of journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University

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Dean Nelson
Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. He writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and several magazines and websites. He has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting, and has written or co-written 14 books. Nelson is a frequent speaker at writing workshops and retreats.

He has traveled throughout the world covering stories of human interest — India, where he wrote about the slums of Bombay; Kosovo, where he interviewed and wrote about victims of terrorism; Tanzania, where he wrote about members of the Black Panther Party who live in exile; Tibet, where he wrote about religious persecution; Central America, where he wrote about poverty and contaminated water; New Orleans, where he wrote about the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Haiti, where he wrote about the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake; Iceland, where he wrote about the literary scene there; Croatia, where he wrote about a part of Europe that is trying to reinvent itself after the breakup of the Soviet Union; Rome, where he wrote about the Canonization of Mother Teresa, and elsewhere.

He has covered the stunning, the moving, the mysterious, the tragic, the amusing and the absurd.


Immersive Journalism 101

From cameras to software, this practical session aims to prepare you to make immersive, 360-videos with *any* budget. Hear directly from pioneers in this emerging field and learn lessons on how to produce experiences in your newsroom. Make sure you bring your laptop!

Trainer: Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist), digital professor, USC Annenberg/JOVRNALISM


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Thursday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

The Changing Climate, Both Literal And Figurative

Reporting on climate is complicated enough on strictly scientific grounds. Changing political conditions only add to the challenge. We'll offer practical approaches for telling the complex story of climate change in a heated political environment — without resorting to oversimplification, advocacy or geekery.

Trainers: Bernadette Woods Placky, chief meteorologist, Climate Matters; Edward Maibach, director, Center for Climate Change Communication; Don Shelby, anchor (retired), WCCO-TV; Ariel Rodriquez (@ArielT51), meteorologist and environmental reporter, Telemundo 51; Marybeth Jacoby (@MarybethJacoby), former News Director, WLTX-TV

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Edward Maibach
Edward Maibach is a Distinguished University Professor at George Mason University and Director of Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. Ed’s research — funded by NSF, NASA and private foundations — focuses on public engagement in climate change. Ed co-chaired the Engagement & Communication Working Group for the 3rd National Climate Assessment. He earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University and his MPH at San Diego State University and has previously served as Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and Board Chairman for Kidsave International.

Bernadette Woods Placky
Bernadette Woods Placky is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist and director of Climate Central's Climate Matters program. In her role, Bernadette works with fellow meteorologists from across the country, providing resources and data on the connection between climate change and weather. Before coming to Climate Central, Bernadette spent 10 years as a TV weather forecaster. Her most recent station was WJZ in Baltimore, where she earned an Emmy for Best Weathercaster. Prior to that, she worked at both WLEX in Lexington, Ky., and KNWA in Fayetteville, Ark. Bernadette began her career at AccuWeather, Inc.

Bernadette has a B.S. in Meteorology and a minor in French from Penn State University, where she is a steering committee member for MAPS (Meteorology Alumni of Penn State). She also carries both American Meteorological Society certifications — Television Seal of Approval and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. She is currently a member of the AMS Committee on Applied Climatology and a board member of Penn State's GEMS (Graduates of Earth and Mineral Science).

Ariel Rodriguez
Ariel Rodríguez is the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. meteorologist at Noticiero Telemundo 51, in Miami, the most-watched television station in South Florida. Ariel is a member of the International Forum of Meteorology, based in Paris, and one of the founding members of Climate Without Borders, an international organization that promotes the need for a more sustainable future. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society. Prior to his current position, Ariel worked as a meteorologist for Telemundo 39 in Dallas. He started his career in Orlando after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from Florida State University in 2004.

Marybeth Jacoby
Marybeth Jacoby was news director of WLTX in Columbia, S.C., from June 2008 until July 2017. She began her career at WISN-TV in Milwaukee. She went on to work as special projects manager at WCNC in Charlotte. Then it was on to tornado alley as the special projects EP at KDFW in Dallas. Marybeth also worked as EP of news at WTLV in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jacoby is a graduate of Lakeland College. She is a member of RTNDA, SPJ and IRE.

Don Shelby
Don Shelby has been an investigative reporter and anchor for fifty years. He finished his daily broadcast career at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. He has been awarded three National Emmys, two George Foster Peabodys and the National Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, among dozens of other honors. He dedicated the last 15 years of his career to environmental reporting, became a member of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team and is a member of the American Geophysical Union. His most recent television work has been with Public Television, and his “Conversation with Bill Moyers” has just been nominated for an Emmy.


Covering Violence Against Native Women And Children

How does telling the story of violence against Native women and children help strengthen tribal sovereignty? What are the barriers to justice and safety for victim-survivors of abuse? Media play a critical role in telling the story of domestic violence and sexual assault in tribal communities. Journalists can help shed light on the devastating fact that millions of Native women, men and children in this country are directly experiencing physical, sexual, mental, emotional abuse and threats of violence in their intimate relationships. Learn about the importance of providing historical context in news stories, understanding the jurisdictional loopholes at the federal, state and tribal level, and get the latest data, tools and best practices for covering these sensitive topics. We'll explore what resources exist for Native victim-survivors, including the StrongHearts Native Helpline, a new culturally-appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives that launched in 2017.

Speakers: Princella RedCorn (@15Princella), communications officer, National Indigenous Women's Resource Center & Documentary Producer; Mallory Black (@mblack47), communications manager, StrongHearts Native Helpline & freelance writer

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Princella RedCorn
Princella Parker RedCorn is an enrolled member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and the Communications Officer of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC). Her Omaha name We’tawi means ‘Victorious Bird,’ and she is from the Bird Clan. RedCorn has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast theatre from Creighton University and a master’s degree in professional journalism from University of Nebraska. She has a passion for storytelling and has work experience with documentary, photography and short video. Before joining NIWRC, RedCorn co-produced the PBS documentary “Medicine Woman” about Native American women healers, highlighting the first Native American doctor in U.S. history, Susan La Fleche.

Mallory Black
Mallory Black is Navajo and the first Communications Manager for the StrongHearts Native Helpline. An experienced freelance writer, she has produced stories exploring Native health, violence against Native women and Indian child welfare for the Native Health News Alliance, Native Peoples and the American Heart Association’s Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative. Mallory holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree in communications-public relations and a minor in peace and justice studies from Utah Valley University. She is a Native American Journalists Association member, the Society of Professional Journalists member, and a former National Press Foundation Fellow.


Trump Nation: Overcome Roadblocks To Information And Effectively Use FOI Laws

Come get an update on tactics used by the Trump administration and state/local governments to thwart journalists from getting information, and provide practical tips for overcoming those roadblocks, including acquiring public records, combating excessive PIO message control, and flat out attacks against the press. You'll learn how to effectively use public records laws, especially in the context of beat reporting.

Trainers: David Cuillier (@DavidCuillier), director, University of Arizona School of Journalism; Seth Rosenfeld (@SethRosenfeld), investigative reporter

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David Cuillier
David Cuillier, Ph.D., is director and associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism and former president and FOI chair of the Society of Professional Journalists. He researches and teaches data journalism and access to public records, and co-authored with Charles Davis “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records.” He has testified several times before Congress regarding FOIA and serves on the National Freedom of Information Coalition board. Before entering academia in 2006 he was a reporter and editor at newspapers in the Pacific Northwest.

Seth Rosenfeld
Seth Rosenfeld has focused on law enforcement, civil liberties and open records laws. He was a staff reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle, and has published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Harper's Magazine. His FOIA lawsuits compelled the FBI to release some 350,000 pages and pay more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees. He authored Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012), a New York Times best-seller. He has received the George Polk Award, an SPJ Sunshine Award and other honors.


Reporte en televisión y radio con teléfonos inteligentes: ¡Grabe, edite, y salga en vivo!

Este taller se enfocará en enseñar aplicaciones digitales y técnicas de grabación empleadas en la producción de noticias para televisión y radio. La sesión será dictada por dos periodistas que han producido reportajes con sus teléfonos inteligentes en Washington, D.C. y San Antonio, Texas.

Moderador: Julian Rodriguez, Department of Communication, University of Texas at Arlington

Presentadores: Jairo Moreno, Reportero en Telemundo, San Antonio, Texas; Rolando Arrieta, News Production & Operations Manager at NPR, Washington, D.C.

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Julian Rodriguez
Julian Rodriguez is Lecturer in the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). His teaching interests include broadcast journalism, Hispanic-American media, audiovisual production for multiplatform distribution, new and emerging media technologies affecting journalism and content-driven industries, and news media industry adoption of online social networks in transmedia environments.

Julian’s research interests focus on Hispanic-American media adoption of online tools and social networks to distribute content, crowdsource and interact with followers, the effects of media messages on news information consumers, and society’s adoption of new and emerging media technologies to develop and nurture awareness systems.

Julian is the founder and news director of UTA News en Español, a unique Spanish-language university television newscast focusing on the interests of bilingual/bicultural college students. UTA News en Español works closely with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) on research and educational projects, and has ongoing on-air content production partnerships with Univision-Dallas (KUVN) and Telemundo-Dallas (KXTX).

Jairo Lozano
Jairo Lozano is weekend anchor and weekday video journalist at Telemundo 60 in San Antonio, Texas (KVDA); he has been using his smartphone as his only videography and editing tool for more than a year.

Jairo started his career at Telemundo 39 in Dallas, Texas; he joined the team as production assistant while he was still pursuing his college degree. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, he moved to McAllen, Texas and began his reporting career at Telemundo 40, KTLM, where he had the opportunity to grow as video journalist and fill-in anchor.

Jairo’s revolutionary way of using his smartphone to capture and file television news reports has caught the attention of his colleagues and the Telemundo Network.


General Assignment Reporting in TV: Social Media, Work Hard, Work Smart, Connect With Your Audience, Get Ahead

Adapt to survive. If you don't change with the business, it will leave you behind. Wayne Freedman lives those words five days a week at ABC7 News in San Francisco. After working for decades as a long-form feature reporter in both local and network news, this 51-time Emmy Award recipient has transitioned to general assignment. He produces lead stories five nights a week, all while juggling feeds to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Learn how to identify story lines, work efficiently, get the sound-bites you need, write with style, and turn multiple versions of memorable pieces for broadcasts. Yes, you can do it while retaining your sanity (most days at least), and tell a complete story in 1:15. The second edition of his book, "It Takes More Than Good Looks To Succeed At Television News Reporting," on three continents.

Trainer: Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman), reporter, ABC7News

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Wayne Freedman
ABC7's Wayne Freedman is 51-time Emmy Award winner. He has conducted reporting seminars since 1985. He is the author of IT TAKES MORE THAN GOOD LOOKS TO SUCCEED AT TELEVISION NEWS REPORTING, now in its 2nd Edition. Wayne began reporting at 14 years-old with a weekly column in what is now the Los Angeles Daily News. He has been on the air in San Francisco for 36 years, beginning at KRON in 1981. In 1988, he moved to CBS This Morning, where he produced and reported his own long-form feature segments. He has been at ABC7 since 1991, and is the station's 'do everything' guy. Wayne has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Missouri, and a BA in Political Science from UCLA.


Social Discovery: How To Know You're Listening To Audiences Effectively

Learn how technology can help you listen to your audiences effectively, so you can tell more relevant stories, identify sources closer to events, and find the best eyewitness media. Which tools work best for different scenarios and how do you ensure you get yourself outside your own filter bubbles?

Trainers: Victor Hernandez (@ToTheVictor), director of media innovation, Banjo; Carrie Brown (@BrizzyC), social journalism director, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

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Victor Hernandez
Victor Hernandez is the Director of Media Innovation at Banjo, where he is responsible for growing strategies and goal setting with media partnerships and outreach. Prior to Banjo, Hernandez spent a dozen years at CNN working within the organization’s editorial leadership ranks and product technology areas.

Carrie Brown
Dr. Carrie Brown heads the CUNY J-School’s new M.A. in Social Journalism program. She was most recently an associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis, where she earned recognition in 2014 as the national Educator of the Year from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Newspaper and Online Division. A pioneer in changing journalism education, she has developed and taught new courses in social media and entrepreneurial journalism at Memphis and launched a new graduate certificate program in entrepreneurial journalism there in partnership with local accelerator Start.Co.


Speed Dating: Great Ideas In Journalism Education

A panel of journalism educators each take a few minutes to share their favorite, most innovative or most exciting activities, approaches, or assignments designed to teach journalism students new skills, excite them about the profession, or encourage critical media consumption. Come pick up a few specific, actionable ideas for how to shake up your journalism education classes and curriculum.

Speakers: Brandon Szuminsky (@szuminsky), associate professor, Baldwin Wallace University; Carrie Brown (@brizzyc), social journalism director, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist), associate professor of professional practice, USC Annenberg; Julie Jones (@Joneszz), associate professor, University of Oklahoma


Why People Don't Trust The Media — And What We Can Do About It

It’s no secret that trust in the profession of journalism has been abysmally low for decades, according to surveys from the American Press Institute, Gallup, Pew and more. Lack of trust can be devastating to the industry: The best journalism can’t have maximum impact if readers don’t trust it. In this session, we’ll summarize the results of important research, review some intriguing takeaways from people interviewed for the report, and conclude with participants’ best ideas on how to improve trust in media.

Speakers: Jane Elizabeth (@janeeliz), senior manager, American Press Institute; Sally Lehrman, Trust Project, Santa Clara University; Andrew Seaman (@andrewmseaman), chair, SPJ Ethics Committee

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Jane Elizabeth
Jane leads the American Press Institute's project on accountability journalism. A former digital editor at The Washington Post, she also has worked at four other newspapers around the country. She holds a master's degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

Sally Lehrman
Sally Lehrman, who directs the journalism ethics program and its signature Trust Project at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, is an award-winning reporter on medicine and science policy. She is the author of “News in a New America,” a fresh take on developing an inclusive U.S. news media; and chapters for textbooks on covering the sciences.

Andrew Seaman
Andrew Seaman is the ethics committee chairperson for the Society of Professional Journalists. An author of the Society’s current Code of Ethics, he oversees the committee tasked with the promotion and advocacy of its tenets. Andrew is also the senior medical journalist for Reuters Health in New York City, and previously covered health policy for Reuters in Washington, D.C. As a scholar at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, he earned his master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.


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Friday, 9-10 a.m.

Lead From Where You Are: Have An Impact In Any Newsroom

A highly interactive program using the concepts of personality type and behavior preference as a way of better understanding one's own style and the styles of others in the newsroom. Two trainers, both former news directors and both certified in use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(R), will help journalists understand and apply the dichotomies of type articulated by Isabel Briggs Myers:

-- Extraversion versus introversion — where do you prefer to focus your attention, and where do you get your energy?
-- Sensing versus intuition — how do you prefer to take in information?
-- Thinking versus feeling — how do you make decisions?
-- Judging versus perceiving — how to you deal with the outer world?

This session will not make use of the actual MBTI instrument. Join us to make sense of the differences we all experience in the workplace — and beyond!

Trainers: Jill Geisler (@JillGeisler), Bill Plante Chair in Leadership & Media Integrity, Loyola University Chicago; Scott Libin (@smlibin), Hubbard Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota

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Jill Geisler
Jill Geisler is the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. Previously, she spent 16 years guiding the leadership and management programs of the Poynter Institute. She is the author of the book “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know” and writes a monthly management column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Her podcasts: “Q&A: Leadership and Integrity in the Digital Age” and “What Great Bosses Know” on iTunes U have had millions of downloads. In the 1970s, she became one of the first women TV news directors in the United States and had the joy of building a strong and successful newsroom culture over her 25-year newsroom tenure at WITI in Milwaukee. Jill holds a Bachelors degree in journalism and a Masters in leadership studies. Her management mantra: Life’s too short to work with jerks.

Scott Libin
Scott Libin has 30 years' experience in broadcast and digital journalism. Before joining the University of Minnesota, he served as vice president of news and content at Internet Broadcasting. Scott has been news director at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities, as well as WGHP-TV, in the Greensboro, N.C., market. Scott spent a total of seven years on the resident faculty of The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida. In that role, Scott led seminars for reporters, producers, editors, anchors and managers, specializing in leadership and ethical decision-making. Scott also served as managing editor of Poynter Online. He has worked as a consultant and trainer for dozens of news organizations and has taught internationally from South Africa to China. Scott is chairman-elect of the Radio Television Digital News Association and former chairman of the RTDNA Ethics Committee. He led the recent revision of the organization's 14-year-old Code of Ethics. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Scholastic Press Association and the Board of Advisors of ThreeSixty Journalism, a non-profit program at the University of St. Thomas. ThreeSixty teaches the principles of strong writing and reporting to help diverse Minnesota youth tell the stories of their lives and communities. Scott is a Qualified Administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (R).


Career Transition: Moving From Newsroom To Classroom

The switch from full-time staff or freelance journalist to teaching can be a tough one especially for those without a deep background in journalism education. We'll help you understand how community colleges, state schools and private universities hire adjuncts and full time professors. We'll also set out the skills you need to be a successful educator as you create syllabi and rubrics, navigate contracts and manage students.

Speakers: Laura Castañeda (@lauracastaneda), professor of professional practice, USC Annenberg; Brooke Van Dam (@brookevandam), associate professor and faculty director of the MPS in Journalism, Georgetown; Allissa Richardson (@DrAlliRich), assistant professor, USC Annenberg; Henry Fuhrmann (@hfuhrmann), adjunct nstructor, USC Annenberg; Tim Posada (@timposada), journalism chair, Saddleback College

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Laura Castaneda, Ed.D.
Laura Castañeda, Ed.D., has been a writer and columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and a staff writer and editor at The Associated Press. She is co-editor of "News and Sexuality: Media Portraits of Diversity," (Sage 2006) and co-author of "The Latino Guide to Personal Money Management,” (Bloomberg Press, 1999). She earned undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees from USC and Columbia University. She joined the USC-Annenberg faculty in 1999, and served as Associate Director of the school from 2011-2014. She is currently a Professor of Professional Practice, and the faculty advisor for the student NAHJ chapter.

Timothy B. Posada, Ph.D.
Timothy B. Posada, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and Chair of Journalism at Saddleback College, where he oversees two award-wining publications, the student-run newspaper the Lariat and magazine Orange Appeal. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University, where his research focused on New Media and Visual Culture. Along with his doctorate, Tim Posada holds master’s degrees in Cultural Studies from Claremont and another in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied religious intersections with media. His bachelor’s degree is in Communication Studies with emphasis in Media and Journalism from Azusa Pacific.

Henry Fuhrmann
Henry Fuhrmann joined USC's Annenberg School of Journalism as an adjunct instructor in 2016. He worked as an editor at the Los Angeles Times from 1990 until retiring in 2015. As an assistant managing editor, he led the print and digital copy desks and chaired the newspaper’s standards and practices committee. Fuhrmann holds two degrees in journalism: a B.A. from Cal State Los Angeles and an M.S. from Columbia University. He is a member of the executive board of the American Copy Editors Society and a longtime local leader of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Brooke Van Dam, Ph.D.
Brooke Van Dam, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Faculty Director of the MPS in Journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She came to D.C. from Azusa Pacific University. She received her Ph.D. in Media Sociology from City University London and her Masters in International Journalism from the University of Westminster. Brooke previously worked as a producer for ABC, NBC, and FOX local affiliate news stations. She also worked as an international education correspondent for Fenews.co.uk while in London, and in Web Production for Southern California Public Radio in 2012.


Reclaiming Native Truth: Dispelling Myths And Overcoming Invisibility

Learn how to create a long-term, Native-led movement to positively transform the popular image of and narrative about Native Americans. Committee members will share preliminary outcomes from the first year’s research efforts, engaging NAJA members and the mainstream media interested in supporting this effort.

Trainers: Crystal Echo Hawk (@CrystalEchoHawk), President, Echo Hawk Consulting


Protege tus datos y comunicaciones en la era de Trump

Esta sesión está dedicada a la protección de tus investigaciones, tu privacidad así como la identidad e información de tus fuentes. La sesión cubre protocolos de seguridad y herramientas para proteger la privacidad: ¿Cómo usar PGP? ¿Cómo proteger tu computadora y tus dispositivos móviles? ¿Cómo encriptar tus correos y llamadas telefónicas? ¿Cómo protegerte del espionaje electrónico?

Trainer: Jorge Luis Sierra, Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers

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Jorge Luis Sierra
Jorge Luis Sierra es un periodista de investigación latino basado en el sur de Texas. Jorge Luis se enfoca en la ciberseguridad, el periodismo de investigación y la tecnología para realizar reportajes en ambientes complejos, donde el riesgo de vigilancia física y electrónica es algo y en donde la vigilancia es una forma de planificar ataques de otra naturaleza. Actualmente dirige el Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers y , como Knight Fellow del Centro Internacional para Periodistas, desarrolló proyectos de investigación digital de crimen y corrupción, asi como ataques a la libertad de expresión en América Latina, Irak y áfrica.


Cybersecurity Literacy For Journalists

This non-technical session will provide journalists with a practical understanding of cybersecurity terminology and deeper perspective for reporting on cybersecurity issues. Topics will include how attacks happen and why, cybersecurity and national security, cyber warfare, the Internet of Things (IOT), and threats to critical infrastructure.

Trainer: Emma Garrison-Alexander (@doctoremma), vice dean, cybersecurity programs, University of Maryland University College

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Emma Garrison-Alexander, D.M.
Emma Garrison-Alexander serves as the vice dean for Cybersecurity at University of Maryland University College. Before coming to UMUC, Garrison-Alexander served as Chief Information Officer for the Transportation Security Administration. She provided all aspects of IT services for more than 60,000 employees at 450 federalized airports and 23 international locations and was a member of the Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Council. Garrison-Alexander spent 25 years with the National Security Agency, holding leadership positions in Technology and Systems, Signals Intelligence, Information Assurance, and Research and Development. She earned a B.S in Electrical Engineering from University of Memphis and an M.S. in Telecommunications Management and a Doctor of Management (Technology and Information Systems track), from UMUC.


Storytelling With Just Your Phone

Could mobile journalists "downsize" to a phone? We all have that tool in our pockets right now — tool to create engaging, emotional storytelling. In fact, in a broadcast first, WFAA in Dallas aired a half hour special shot entirely on my iPhone. The subject became a case study for professors and professionals from Malaysia to India, Germany to Africa. What are the advantages, drawbacks and limitations of shooting broadcast quality stories with your phone? How do you get perfect audio? Mysteries solved as we "Phone it in"!

Trainers: Mike Castellucci (@MikeCastellucci), professor of practice, Michigan State University; Ellen M. Crooke (@EllenCrooke) VP/News TEGNA; Meredith Conte (@MeredithConte) VP/Marketing, TEGNA

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Mike Castellucci
Mike's innovative work with his iPhone has grabbed attention around the world, from professionals to professors, who want to know Mike's secret. In a broadcast television first, Mike shot an entire half hour special on his iPhone called Phoning it in. The show earned him the Edward R. Murrow award and two Emmy Awards. Mike has since followed up that groundbreaking show with a second Phoning it in which won another Edward R. Murrow award. In both instances, Mike not only shot them entirely on his phone, but also acted as producer, writer, and editor. Mike feels passionate about storytelling and says doing it with an iPhone simply illustrates that engaging storytelling can be accomplished with proper planning and knowing the abilities and constraints of the camera. He is designing groundbreaking courses and teaching his iPhone work at Michigan State University.

Ellen M. Crooke
Ellen M. Crooke was named VP of News for TEGNA Media in September of 2014. . Before that she was VP of News for WXIA, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta from 2008 to 2014 and VP of News for WGRZ in Buffalo from 2003 to 2008. She was also a Regional News Executive for Gannett from 2010 to 2014.

Ellen was named 2016’s TEGNA Corporate Staffer of the year and Gannett’s Innovator of the Year in 2009, Trail Blazer of the Year in 2009 by the Atlanta Business League and Local TV Person of the Year by The Buffalo News in 2007. She is the recipient of four National Edward R. Murrow Awards including Overall Excellence, Best Newscast and two Continuing Coverage awards and multiple South East Emmy Awards including Best Overall News Operation and Best Newscast.

Crooke is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo. Crooke and her husband, Stephen Hayes, have two daughters and three dogs.

Meredith Conte
As Vice President of Marketing for TEGNA Media, Meredith Conte is responsible for growing multiplatform audience across 46 local broadcast stations in 38 markets nationwide through strategic marketing and creative efforts. These efforts include overseeing the TEGNA Design Tank — the company’s 25-member design house, recruiting and guiding local marketing leaders, providing strategic counsel to local brand leaders and spearheading marketing and creative campaigns for division-wide rollouts of new products such as original programming launches, digital products and more.

Prior to joining TEGNA, Meredith was Director of Marketing for TLC, part of Discovery Communications Inc. She developed TLC’s promotional strategy behind shows like Say Yes to the Dress, All-American Muslim, Breaking Amish and dozens more. She produced multiple award-winning campaigns including the network’s Royal Wedding stunt in New York City, the launch of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and TLC’s wedding campaigns, which made the network the number one cable network for women 18-49 on Friday nights.

Previously, Meredith worked as Associate Director of Marketing for the National Geographic Channel and Senior Associate for Brand Marketing with Burson-Marsteller.

Meredith has been recognized as TEGNA’s Corporate Staffer of Year and received a variety of additional honors including Discovery’s Innovation Prize, several PromaxBDA Awards, CableFax’s Marketing Team of the Year and more.

Meredith graduated from Duke University. She and her husband reside near Washington, DC with their two young children.


Design For Non-Designers

Anyone can improve the design and usability of a journalistic project (from a basic story page to an interactive graphic) with a few very simple fixes. Even if you have zero experience in design and concepts like "alignment" and "contrast" seem like technical jargon, this session is for you. We'll go through 10 design rules of thumb, covering everything from typography to interaction to color, and apply them to real live news examples. By the end of this workshop you'll be able to recognize poor designs and identify how to fix them, and you’ll be on your way to creating your own designs with better organization, unity, and clarity.

Trainer: Lena Groeger (@lenagroeger), news apps developer, ProPublica

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Lena Groeger
Lena Groeger is an investigative journalist and developer at ProPublica, where she makes interactive graphics and other data-driven projects. She has taught classes and workshops on design, data visualization and coding at The New School, CUNY and NYU. Before joining ProPublica in 2011, Groeger covered health and science at Scientific American and Wired magazine. She is particularly excited about the intersection of cognitive science and design, as well as telling stories with real world impact.


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Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Closing The Newsroom Gender Pay And Leadership Gaps

Women remain underrepresented in most newsrooms, particularly in leadership roles. Women are still paid lower rates than men with comparable experience and titles. The gaps are even more severe for women of color. Hear how women across newsrooms have faced these challenges. Whether you’re just starting out or moving into management, gain strategies to close these gaps, individually and collectively, including concrete tactics for salary negotiation.

Speakers: Jill Geisler (@JillGeisler), newsroom leadership trainer and professor of journalism, Loyola University Chicago


Health And Nutrition Reporting In Indian Country: Covering An Underreported Crisis

Native American and Alaska Native communities are experiencing an unprecedented health crisis. Incidences of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and other chronic conditions are ravaging families and communities while the western medicine practiced by Indian Health Service fails to adequately address those needs. Given the complexity and severity of the crisis, this story is often overlooked and not properly examined by the news media. Join a group of seasoned health journalists and health professionals to discuss the history of this crisis, solutions for better coverage and the best available resources for current data and information on this important issue.


Money Matters: Excellence In Financial Reporting

Featuring the RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award winners, the Money Matters session will highlight the best in TV, radio, and online personal finance journalism. Panelists will break down their award-winning pieces, share key reporting tools and best practices. You'll walk away with new ways to creatively approach financial reporting and make comprehensive topics more digestible to viewers and listeners.

Speakers: TBA


Sin falta de acentos

Trabajar para los medios noticiosos en español de Estados Unidos requiere mas y mas el buen manejo del ingles y el español para poder reportear, escribir y producer en los dos idiomas. Quienes y adonde se está preparando la nueva generación de “crossover journalists,” periodistas Hispanos que pueden producir notas multimedia en ingles y en español con las misma facilidad y sin falta de acentos? Hay un modelo ideal para crear el nuevo periodista bilingüe multimedia?

Moderador: Zita Arocha

Panelistas: Alfredo Carbajal, Managing Editor, Al Dia Dallas Morning News; Gustavo Martínez, periodista multimedia independiente; Damia Bonmati, periodista y editor, Univision Digital

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Zita Arocha


Alfredo Carbajal
Alfredo Carbajal is managing editor of Al Día at The Dallas Morning News, where he practices journalism for digital and print platforms in English and Spanish. He is a member of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) Executive Committee, where he leads the Emerging Leaders Institute and in 2017 he’ll become the president of the organization. Previously he worked at the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise as editor at La Prensa and has reported and edited news projects in both the U.S. and Mexico. Carbajal is a recipient of the 2014 Texas-APME Jack Douglas award. He has a journalism degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP,) and was a 2009 fellow at the “Punch” Sulzberger Executive News Media Program at Columbia University.

Damià S. Bonmatí
Damià S. Bonmatí is a national correspondent for Univision Digital, covering immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border, and labor issues. He has a master's degree in Business Journalism from Columbia University. One of his recent projects, Vacations in No Man’s Sea, won a Robert Kennedy Journalism Award, Ortega y Gasset Award, and a National Headliner Award. He is Vice President of South Florida NAHJ chapter.

Damià S. Bonmatí es corresponsal nacional para Univision Digital. Cubre inmigración, frontera y empleo. Es graduado de la Universidad de Columbia, Máster en Periodismo Económico. Uno de sus últimos proyectos, Vacaciones en aguas de nadie, ganó un Robert Kennedy Journalism Award, un Ortega y Gasset y un National Headliner Award. Es vicepresidente del capítulo de NAHJ en el Sur de Florida.


Time Is Money: The Art Of Retelling And Reselling Stories

Do you want your hard work to pay off? Learn ways to make your research, interviewing and writing efforts do double duty. Independent journalists who know how to resell stories and reuse their research will show freelancers how to work more efficiently by finding new markets for published stories — to keep the pipeline full in slow times, and to boost earning power all year long.

Trainers: Stephenie Overman, independent journalist; Hazel Becker, independent journalist; Roberta Wax, independent journalist

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Hazel Becker
Hazel Becker is an independent business writer and editor specializing in analytical and data-rich articles for niche publications. She has extensive experience covering complex subjects and a talent for targeting publications and articles to a specific audience. She has freelanced since retiring from BNA (now Bloomberg BNA) in 2007. Becker is chair of the SPJ Freelance Community and co-editor of On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism.

Stephenie Overman
Stephenie Overman has been freelancing for more than 20 years; she writes mainly about workplace and health issues. Her byline has appeared in Fortune.com, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Business Journal, Washington Post Express, Virginia Business magazine, Daily Labor Report and Medical Economics. She was editor, on a freelancer basis, of Staffing Management and Executive Talent magazines. Overman is past president of the Washington, D.C. and New Jersey SPJ chapters and a Howard S. Dubin award winner.

Roberta Wax
Los Angeles-based freelance writer Roberta G. Wax covers a wide variety of topics — everything from parenting and medicine to business and entertainment. Her articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Westways, Emmy, United Parenting Publications, Health Trends, Belle Armoire, Los Angeles Magazine, RN Times, UCLA Magazine, Animation and others. She is a former reporter with United Press International.

Wax also teaches nonfiction writing through the University of California, Los Angeles, Extension Writers' Program and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of Professional Journalists, currently serving on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Pro chapter.


Advanced Verification Techniques: Ensure Video And Photos You’re Running Are Trustworthy

Learn how to verify photographs and video using a standardized checklist. From investigating whether you are looking at an original version of a post, to understanding how to analyze, exif data, to advanced geolocation techniques, this workshop will provide a step-by-step guide to verifying user-generated content.

Trainers: Mandy Jenkins (@mjenkins), Head of News, Storyful; Kim Bui (@kimbui), Editor-at-large, NowThisNews

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Mandy Jenkins
Mandy is the Head of News for Storyful, a social news agency that works with newsrooms to find, verify and publish eyewitness journalism from around the world. She manages a distributed team of news and trends journalists, works closely with product development, manages daily news workflow and collaborates with newsroom clients on social-centric editorial projects.

Kim Bui
In addition to being Editor-at-Large at NowThis, Kim is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California and co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for web journalists. Previously, she worked at Digital First Media on the Breaking News team. She has also worked on mobile projects for KPCC, bridging the gap between the editorial side and the technologists. In the past, she’s managed KPCC’s ongoing commitment to social media and engagement on and off the Web


Deadly Force Captured: Police Coverage With Body Camera Footage And Public Records

There's no lack of cases studies (and viral videos) around police and interactions with the public. A former police chief discusses the latest in technology and the push for secrecy, and two journalists share tips and best practices for getting and using body camera footage and key public records you need to tell the complete story of how, why, where and under what circumstances police officers use potentially deadly force.

Trainers: Sheryl Worsley (@sherylrockin), RTDNA Region 3 Director and news director, KSL Newsradio; Chris Burbank, Director of Law Enforcement Engagement, Center for Policing Equity, former Salt Lake City Chief of Police; Seth Rosenfeld, investigative reporter and author of "Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power"

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Sheryl Worsley
Sheryl Worsley is the Rejoin 3 Director of the RTDNA national board of directors. She serves as chair of the digital committee for RTDNA, is a member of the Executive Committee and co-chair of RTDNA's newly formed Voice of the First Amendment task force, which is actively fighting for press freedoms. Sheryl is a past president of the Utah Headliners chapter of SPJ and is a strong advocate for open records. Worsley was honored with the Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award given by the Headliners in 2015 for her work in helping to convince the judiciary to allow cameras and electronic devices in Utah courtrooms. She is the News Director at KSL Newsradio and has been working in journalism for 19 years.

Chris Burbank
Chief Burbank recently accepted the position as Director of Law Enforcement Engagement with The Center for Policing Equity. He has been involved with CPE since its inception, utilizing the organization's research capability at the height of the immigration debate and supporting its nationwide efforts. He is an unwavering advocate of the National Initiative and Justice Database as solutions to waning public trust and confidence in policing.

Chief Burbank was with the Salt Lake City Police Department from 1991 until his retirement in June of 2015. He was appointed to the position of Chief of Police in March 2006, becoming the 45th Chief of the Department. During his nine-year tenure as Chief he distinguished himself as progressive and innovative, influencing not only the City of Salt Lake but also the profession.

In 2014, Chief Burbank was selected as a member of the “Enlightened Fifty” most influential leaders in the State of Utah. In January 2013, Chief Burbank was selected as one of six Police Chiefs in the nation to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the Administration’s plan and direction concerning gun violence in America. He was recognized in June 2013, by the Utah National Guard with their annual Minuteman Award for contributions to the well being of the State of Utah.

Seth Rosenfeld
Seth Rosenfeld has focused on law enforcement, civil liberties and open records laws. He was a staff reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle, and has published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Harper's Magazine. His FOIA lawsuits compelled the FBI to release some 350,000 pages and pay more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees. He authored Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012), a New York Times best-seller. He has received the George Polk Award, an SPJ Sunshine Award and other honors.


Making Chicken Salad Out Of Chicken #@*%

We'd all like to be handed the perfect assignment every day. When does that ever happen? (Hint: Never) We'll introduce coping strategies for days when everything goes up in flames. You'll learn, with the right approach and attitude, to pull journalistic gems from the smoldering ashes of your day — no matter your beat or what kind of journalist you are.

Trainer: Boyd Huppert (@boydhuppert), reporter, KARE-TV, national Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winner for narrative feature reporting


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Friday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

"New Voices" Needs You: A Roadmap To Support Student Expressions

Never before has the press been under such scrutiny, and while the professional media are rallying to protect their enterprise, student media are more vulnerable than ever. We'll introduce you to “New Voices” legislation—state bills designed to protect student freedom of expression—and asks you to join in our fight to protect student voices. We’ll show you how legislation has successfully passed and what you can do to support the initiative in your state.

Speakers: Megan Fromm (@megfromm), Educational Initiatives Director, Journalism Education Association; Sarah Nichols (@jeapresident), President, Journalism Education Association; Frank LoMonte (@FrankLoMonte), Director, Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida; Shine Cho, Intern, Student Press Law Center

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Megan Fromm
Megan Fromm, PhD, is an assistant professor at Colorado Mesa University and faculty for the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, a summer study abroad program. She is also the Educational Initiatives Director for the Journalism Education Association.

Fromm received her doctorate in 2010 from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Her work and teaching centers on media literacy and scholastic journalism. She has also worked as a journalist and high school journalism teacher and regularly teaches at journalism education workshops around the country. As a working journalist, Fromm won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Award and the Colorado Friend of the First Amendment Award. Her first co-authored textbook, Student Journalism and Media Literacy, was released in November 2014.

Sarah Nichols
Sarah Nichols serves as president of the Journalism Education Association, the largest organization of scholastic journalism teachers and advisers. Nichols has been teaching journalism and advising student media for 18 years, currently at Whitney H.S. in Rocklin, California, where her students have been recognized with top national and state honors, including the First Amendment Press Freedom Award. She is certified by JEA as a Master Journalism Educator and has been recognized as National Yearbook Adviser of the Year. Nichols teaches workshops and speaks at conferences for journalism curriculum development, scholastic press rights, social media, publication design and editorial leadership.

Frank LoMonte
Frank LoMonte is a professor of journalism and director of the Brechner Center at the University of Florida, where he supervises a think-tank focusing on addressing the legal issues impeding journalists' ability to gather news. For nine years, he served as executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Student Press Law Center, a nonprofit legal-advocacy organization serving students and educators nationwide. During that time, LoMonte launched the New Voices legislative reform campaign, www.newvoicesus.com, to enact legislation protecting student journalism. An attorney and former investigative reporter, LoMonte practiced law with a major international firm in Atlanta and served as a law clerk for two federal judges after graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Shine Cho
Shine Cho is a junior majoring in political science at the University of California-San Diego, where she has served as news editor of the Triton student newspaper. She has been a contributor at inewssource, an investigative reporting agency, and an intern with the investigative unit of CBS News in Los Angeles. During 2016-17, Shine was part of the inaugural fellowship class of The Active Voice, a project developed by the Student Press Law Center to address the censorship issues afflicting teen girls in high schools. She now serves as Community Manager for the Active Voice program, helping coordinate the work of the 2017-18 fellowship class.


LGBTQ Media And Issues: The Future Of Coverage

The LGBTQ community made great strides during President Barack Obama’s administration. The communities' issues worked their way into the mainstream like never before and were covered more and more by large news organizations. What does coverage of LGBTQ issues look like under a GOP government? What is the future of LGBTQ media? Hear from leaders in these communities and media figures on the future of the press and coverage.

Speakers: Andrew M. Seaman (@AndrewMSeaman), senior medical journalist, Thomson Reuters


How Journalism Can Get Better *At* Democracy

Journalism plays a vital role in upholding democracy. But the processes of making journalism are not as democratic as they could and should be. We'll detail how various newsrooms are using shared democratic principles to evolve their own processes to create more representative and inclusive work.

Trainers: Jennifer Brandel (@JenniferBrandel), CEO, Hearken; Andrew Haeg (@andrewhaeg), founder & CEO, GroundSource

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Jennifer Brandel
Jennifer Brandel is the CEO and Co-founder of Hearken. She began her career in journalism reporting for outlets including NPR, CBC, WBEZ, picking up awards along the way. In 2012 Brandel founded the groundbreaking audience-first series, WBEZ's Curious City, and is spreading this public-powered journalism model around the world via Hearken. Her company participated in the Matter VC accelerator in San Francisco and took home the prize for "Best Bootstrap Company" at SXSW in 2016 and won the News Media Alliance 2017 Accelerator. Brandel is a recipient of the Media Changemaker Prize by the Center for Collaborative Journalism.

Andrew Haeg
Andrew Haeg is founder of the mobile engagement platform GroundSource. He has focused his career on using technology to help newsrooms more effectively engage their audiences, and make their journalism more reflective of and responsive to the communities they serve.

Haeg is a veteran journalist, crowdsourcing pioneer and entrepreneur. His career has spanned work as a public radio reporter, a correspondent for The Economist, co-founder of the Public Insight Network at American Public Media, a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism.


News Safety And Stress For Journalists: An Open Discussion

Being a journalist has never been without hazard or danger, but today it comes with so many more concerns. What worries you when you leave your news vehicle? What do you do to keep yourself safe in the field? How to you deal with the social media stalkers? What keeps you up at night? What haunts you from your work day? Join us for an open discussion of issues of on-the-job safety and stress. Come ready to share your stories, ask questions of professionals in the field and suggest solutions to the threats that plague journalists in the field.

Speakers: Oswaldo Borraez (@oborraez), Reporter, KMEX; Lolita Lopez (@lolitanbcla), Reporter, NBC; Pete Demetriou (@KNXPete), Reporter, KNX; Chip Yost (@ChipYost), News Reporter, KTLA

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Oswaldo Borraez
Oswaldo Borraez is a Senior News Reporter for KMEX Univision 34 and has received numerous awards. In 2013 KMEX Univision 34 took home three Golden Mike awards and was the only Spanish-language broadcaster to win in all nominated categories. Oswaldo was the Reporter for the winning Feature Story “The Vaqueros” (The Cowboys). He also received an award from The Society of Professional Journalist for his distinguished role in the media. He sits on the board of the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California.

Chip Yost
Chip Yost is a KTLA reporter and Orange County Bureau Chief.

He joined KTLA in February of 2007 and though he reports on just about everything, his passion and background are in investigative reporting.

He won the 2013 Orange County Press Club award for “best investigative story” in the broadcast/online video category for his coverage of an upholstery business allegedly not fulfilling customers’ orders.

Chip won an Emmy for a story that had him tracking down fugitives who had escaped from the Colorado Department of Corrections. He won a duPont Silver Baton (broadcast journalism’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) for another story where he exposed how a police car could turn into a fiery death trap for officers. Chip was also awarded a Golden Mike for his KTLA report about squatters taking over homes in an upscale Riverside neighborhood.

Before joining KTLA, Chip worked as an investigative and general assignment reporter at television stations in Denver (KUSA-TV), Tucson (KOLD-TV), Yuma (KYMA-TV) and San Diego (KGTV-TV).

Chip grew up in Ohio and earned his bachelor’s degree for business administration at the University of Cincinnati. After a stint as an outside sales representative for AirTouch Communications in Los Angeles, Chip went back to school to get his master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. If you don’t believe him, just ask to see his most recent student loan statement. He’s still paying it off.

Lolita Lopez
Lolita Lopez joined NBC4 Southern California as a general assignment reporter in 2011. She can be seen weekly reporting for NBC4 news at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Fluent in Spanish, Lopez is widely recognized in Latino communities throughout Southern California. She has covered a range of significant national stories from the Christopher Dorner manhunt to the Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup win in 2012. Earlier in her career, she was stationed at Ground Zero for nearly two weeks while covering the World Trade Center tragedy.

Lopez believes her job is complete when her news stories make a difference, as in the case of a piece she did on a sixth grade class that created a Facebook page to sell their homemade art to raise money for a classmate whose family couldn’t afford a proper funeral for his father. Just one day after Lopez’s story aired, the site raised more than $3000.

A journalist for more than 15 years, Lopez feels privileged to tell peoples’ stories and honored to meet many inspiring people along the way. As a breast cancer survivor, she has shared her own challenges during treatment and recovery with a series of stories on her courageous fight against the disease as a working mother and wife.

Pete Demetriou
Pete Demetriou is a highly respected Reporter for KNX 1070.




Intro To Data Journalism

What makes a great data story? What are the skills you need in order to tell one? In this introductory session, we’ll look at examples of how journalists are using data to produce stories never before possible. We’ll learn how journalists approach finding, analyzing and visualizing data, walking through plenty of real-world examples. You will leave this session with practical tips and links to free tools and resources you can start using right away.

Trainer: Lena Groeger (@lenagroeger), news apps developer, ProPublica

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Lena Groeger
Lena Groeger is an investigative journalist and developer at ProPublica, where she makes interactive graphics and other data-driven projects. She has taught classes and workshops on design, data visualization and coding at The New School, CUNY and NYU. Before joining ProPublica in 2011, Groeger covered health and science at Scientific American and Wired magazine. She is particularly excited about the intersection of cognitive science and design, as well as telling stories with real world impact.


Untangling the Data: CrowdTangle 101

Now that CrowdTangle is free, more and more newsrooms are signing on to see how it can inform their social networking. But how do you get the most out of the data? And what do you do with it? CrowdTangle will offer a deep-dive on how newsrooms can use their product to gauge their performance on multiple social platforms, compare them against the competition, and make decisions about the type of content that will drive the best results. We'll start with the basics — what is CrowdTangle? How do I use it? — and work our way up to the more complex use cases.

Speakers: Becky Bruce, executive producer of digital content, KSL Newsradio


Closing The Gap: A Candid Conversation With Journalism Professors And Professionals

The journalism profession is not alone in confronting the challenges presented by new business models, new technologies, and a highly partisan political climate. Journalism education is facing the same challenges. Partnerships that leverage resources and knowledge are more important than ever. Find out how leading educators are building bridges between the newsroom and the classroom, and share your own suggestions with them.

Speakers: Paul Voakes (@saxumaphone), president, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC); Deb Aikat (@UNCMJschool), Associate Professor of Media and Journalism, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Sonya Duhe (@sonyaduhe), director, Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication; Battinto Batts (@BattintoBatts), Journalism Fund Director, Scripps Howard Foundation; Sara Ziegler (@saramziegler), treasurer of ACES and copy editor, Law360

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Paul Voakes
Paul Voakes is president of the Association for Education in Mass Communication and Journalism, whose theme for 2017 is “Bridging the Gap Between Media Professions and the Academy.” He is a professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. Professor Voakes teaches Media Law & Ethics, and Writing, Reporting and Editing. Five years ago he served as a Fulbright Specialist, teaching journalism and mentoring faculty in Kampala, Uganda. His research focuses on news production and ethics, and he is co-author of the award-winning The American Journalist in the 21st Century.

Deb Aikat
A former journalist, Deb Aikat has been a faculty member since 1995 in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An award-winning scholar, Aikat theorizes digital media in the global sphere. Aikat’s research has been published as book chapters and in research journals. The Scripps Howard Foundation recognized Aikat as the inaugural winner of the “National Journalism Teacher of the Year” (2003) for his “distinguished service to journalism education.” Aikat earned a Certificate in American Political Culture from New York University and a PhD from Ohio University.

Sonya Duhe
Sonya Forte Duhé is director of the School of Mass Communication at Loyola University New Orleans. She is president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. Prior to joining Loyola in 2009, Duhe was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina, where she led the electronic and print sequences. After working several years in television news as an award-winning reporter and anchor, Duhé received her Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri. There, she taught and anchored at the university-owned NBC affiliate.

Battinto Batts
Battinto Batts is the journalism fund director at the Scripps Howard Foundation in Cincinnati. He came to the foundation from Hampton University where he was the assistant dean for academic affairs at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication. In addition to his work in academia, he has more than 20 years’ experience in journalism and public relations. As director of the journalism fund, he supports all of the foundation's journalism programs at the secondary, collegiate and professional levels.

Sara Ziegler
Sara Ziegler is a copy editor at Law360, a legal newswire in New York, and the treasurer of ACES, the Society for Editing. She spent 16 years as an editor at the Omaha World-Herald, moonlighting for three years as an adjunct professor at Creighton University. Ziegler is from Sioux Falls, S.D., and graduated from Iowa State University, where she won an ACES scholarship for such scintillating headlines as “Deli owner takes life one sandwich at a time.” She and her husband live in Brooklyn with their two cats.


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Friday, 3-4 p.m.

Archiving Tribal History In Print And Digital

Tribal newspapers and Native organization newspapers are important resources that provide first-hand accounts and eyewitness reports of contemporary issues and events such as pipeline demonstrations or meetings at the White House. Equally important are journalists’ notes and photographs used to write news articles, yet very few of these are preserved in archives. Journalists interested in researching and preserving print and digital content will learn best practices for using Internet Archive resources and sustainable approaches for "curating" the digital past.

Trainers: Erin Fehr, archivist, Sequoyah National Research Center; Cynthia Joyce, Editor / Assistant Professor of Journalism and New Media, University of Mississippi

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Erin Fehr
Erin Fehr (Yup’ik) is the archivist at the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she has been since 2011. She received her BA in Music from Central Baptist College and her MM in Musicology and Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include the musical education and performance of Native Americans during and after the boarding school era and the history of American Indian marching bands.

Cynthia Joyce
Cynthia Joyce is the editor of “Please Forward: How blogging reconnected New Orleans after Katrina” (UNO Press, 2015). Prior to joining the journalism faculty at the University of Mississippi in 2011, she worked as a senior web producer for NBC News, Nola.com, and Salon.com.


Metrics That Matter

Which metric matters most? That might be a debate in your newsroom right now, but how do you disrupt those traditional traffic metrics to invent better ways of measuring success? We'll provide you with ways to think differently about engagement, impact and the value created by your journalism. Find out: 1) What are the different forms of engagement and impact that matter? 2) How can we go about measuring them, growing them, and making decisions based on those values? 3) Exploring what newsrooms can do to value these metrics, even when they do not align with traditional advertising revenue metrics

Trainers: Liz Worthington (@lmitchell09), Content Strategy Program Manager, American Press Institute; Lindsay Green-Barber (@WhimsicaLinds), Founder, Impact Architects; Rikha Sharma Rani (@rikrani), Director, Solutions Journalism Network; Jennifer Brandel (@JenniferBrandel), Founder and CEO, Hearken

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Jennifer Brandel
Jennifer Brandel is the CEO and Co-founder of Hearken. She began her career in journalism reporting for outlets including NPR, CBC, WBEZ, The New York Times and Vice, picking up awards along the way. In 2012 Brandel founded the groundbreaking audience-first series, WBEZ's Curious City, and is spreading this public-powered journalism model around the world via Hearken. Her company participated in the Matter VC accelerator in San Francisco and took home the prize for "Best Bootstrap Company" at SXSW in 2016 and won the News Media Alliance 2017 Accelerator. Brandel is a recipient of the Media Changemaker Prize by the Center for Collaborative Journalism.

Lindsay Green-Barber
Lindsay Green-Barber, Ph.D. is a leader in the media impact strategy and measurement space and an expert in international human rights regimes, especially those regarding indigenous peoples and women and girls. She has worked with media organizations, nonprofits, and funders to develop custom impact frameworks, design strategies for maximizing impact, and conduct research to assess their success.

She is a firm believer in applied research and is passionate about ensuring equal access to information generated through research processes.

After nearly four years at The Center for Investigative Reporting—as an ACLS Public Fellow and then as Director of Strategic Research—Green-Barber started The Impact Architects in order to work with even more organizations in the fields media, communications, social justice, and human rights, and the foundations that support them.

Green-Barber earned her Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is based in San Francisco, and has spent time living in New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, Ecuador, Italy, and England.

Rikha Sharma Rani
Rikha is a freelance journalist and a director at the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports rigorous reporting about responses to social problems.

Her work has been published in The New York Times, Politico Magazine, On Being, The Huffington Post, and others. Rikha holds a Master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

Liz Worthington
Liz Worthington manages API's Metrics for News program to help publishers create data-driven content strategies.

She joined the American Press Institute after nearly 10 years as a reporter and editor for various newspapers and digital platforms. Worthington previously worked as the Senior Editorial Trainer for Patch.com where she built an editorial curriculum that focused on enhancing reporters' digital news, social media and audience development skills. Prior to training, Worthington was as a manager and editor at Patch and a reporter for the Island Packet in Hilton Head, SC, and the Culpeper Star-Exponent in Culpeper, VA.

She is a 2005 J-School graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She resides with her husband and daughter in Weehawken, NJ.


Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

Journalists have to be concerned about many aspects of the law, including invasion of privacy, trespassing, copyright, use of drones for newsgathering, social media terms of use, open records, open meetings and even national-security issues. More and more, visual journalists are being told “You can’t take a picture here.” Come discuss the latest issues regarding visual journalism and the law.

Trainer: Mickey H. Osterreicher (@nppalawyer), General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)

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Mickey H. Osterreicher
Mickey H. Osterreicher is of Counsel to Barclay Damon, LLP in the Media & First Amendment Law Practice Area and serves as general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). He is an award-winning photojournalist with over forty years’ experience in print and broadcast. As a lawyer, Mr. Osterreicher has provided training on First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment issues to law enforcement agencies and associations throughout the United States and has moderated and participated on panels nationwide, speaking about the right to photograph and record in public. In 2015 he was named by SPJ as a “Fellow of the Society,” for extraordinary contribution to the profession.


Expediente al descubierto: los rostros y los hechos de la inmigración

Cómo conseguir los récords públicos de un caso de deportación, desvelar la anatomía de un caso y navegar con éxito los engorrosos trámites de los memos, las FOIAS, “waivers”, los testimonios y el choque de declaraciones; todo, sin descuidar el lado humano y las historias que se les escapan a las autoridades y la competencia.

Panelistas: Maritza Gallego Felix; Juan Villa; Valeria Fernandez

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Maritza Gallego Felix
Maritza Félix is a multiple award-winning journalist, producer and writer. She was the chief of information, editor and reporter for Prensa Hispana Newspaper before joining Telemundo Arizona in 2015. She writes, produces and creates. She has contributed to numerous national and international media outlets like Radio Fórmula, Discovery Latinoamérica and Finland National Public Service Broadcasting Company. She is passionate, talented and social media savvy.

Valeria Fernández
Valeria Fernández is an independent journalist with more than a 14 years experience as a bilingual documentary producer and reporter on Arizona’s immigrant community and the US-Mexico borderlands.

She co-directed and produced, "Two Americans,” a documentary that parallels the stories of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 9-year-old U.S. citizen whose parents were arrested by the sheriff’s deputies during a workplace immigration raid. The film aired in Al Jazeera America and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Arizona International Film Festival.

She freelances for a number of print, digital and broadcast media outlets, including CNN Español, CNN International, Radio Bilingue, PRI's The World, Global Nation, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, Discovery Spanish and The Associated Press.

Tania Gonzalez
Tania Gonzalez is the audience development manager of CNET, CNET en Español and Roadshow. She recently worked as a news producer for the evening edition of Univision in Arizona. Born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Tania completed her higher education in Mexico City. She is fond of all kinds of artists and passionate about cultural diversity.


The Power Of x2: Multiplying Your Reach On Social Media

Social media is a significant investment of time and resources for journalists. In this session, come learn specific skills to multiply your efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms, to grow your audience and engagement more quickly. Your trainers are a news manager/executive and a major-market anchor, both of whom are long-time passionate social media students and teachers.

Trainers: Tracy Davidson (@tracydavidson), anchor/reporter, WCAU/NBC Philadelphia; Chip Mahaney (@chipmahaney), News Director, WCPO/Scripps, Cincinnati


Sports Beat Reporting: Develop Unique Ideas And Tell Great Multi-Platform Stories

Presented by the NAHJ Sport Taskforce. Sports beat reporters are being asked to do more than ever for their outlets displaying a unique mix of skills that make them invaluable for any newsroom. During this session we'll discuss the top five keys to success for aspiring beat reporters and those already holding those roles. We'll cover the top five tools of the trade that can help reporters succeed: time management, source development, story development, multimedia storytelling and social media skills.

Trainer: Iliana Limón Romero (@osiliana), Orlando Sentinel


Enemies of the People? The Job of Journalists in 2017

Journalists this year have been arrested for things like asking questions in a state capitol corridor and recording video of a public protest. At least one was assaulted for asking a policy question of a congressional candidate. How did we get to this point, and what do we do about it? Share your own experiences and ideas, and find out how RTDNA's Voice of the First Amendment Task Force is defending the right to report.

Speakers: Scott Libin (@smlibin), RTDNA chairman-elect; Dan Shelley (@MurrowNYC), RTDNA incoming executive director

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Dan Shelley
Dan Shelley is Incoming Executive Director of the Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation (RTDNA/RTDNF). He is a longtime member of the Association, a former Chairman of the Board and most recently served as Foundation Secretary/Treasurer. He is based in New York. Previously, Dan was Senior Vice President of Digital Content Strategy for iHeartMedia. Prior to that, Dan was a Senior Vice President at Interactive One, part of the Radio One family of companies, the nation’s only multi-platform media company primarily serving African-American and other urban audiences. Prior to joining Radio One, Dan was Director of Digital Media at WCBS-TV, New York, the flagship station of the CBS Television Stations Group. He also served as an executive producer for WCBS-TV News. Dan’s career includes many years in radio management. He was news director/assistant program director at WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee where he was in charge of news and special events coverage. Before Milwaukee, Dan was news director at KTTS-AM/FM in his hometown of Springfield, Mo. He holds an Electronic Media Communications degree from Missouri State University.

Scott Libin
Scott Libin has 30 years' experience in broadcast and digital journalism. Before joining the University of Minnesota, he served as vice president of news and content at Internet Broadcasting. Scott has been news director at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities, as well as WGHP-TV, in the Greensboro, N.C., market. Scott spent a total of seven years on the resident faculty of The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida. In that role, Scott led seminars for reporters, producers, editors, anchors and managers, specializing in leadership and ethical decision-making. Scott also served as managing editor of Poynter Online. He has worked as a consultant and trainer for dozens of news organizations and has taught internationally from South Africa to China. Scott is chairman-elect of the Radio Television Digital News Association and former chairman of the RTDNA Ethics Committee. He led the recent revision of the organization's 14-year-old Code of Ethics. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Scholastic Press Association and the Board of Advisors of ThreeSixty Journalism, a non-profit program at the University of St. Thomas. ThreeSixty teaches the principles of strong writing and reporting to help diverse Minnesota youth tell the stories of their lives and communities.


Native Identity In Mass Media: The Path Toward Fair Portrayals Of Indigenous People And Communities

Portrayals of Native American and Alaskan Native people and communities can be unique and challenging for Native and non-Native journalists due to historic, cultural and geographic barriers that can insulate and isolate these communities. However, these barriers do not exempt journalists from the ethical standards and practices that are applied to all sources and subjects, particularly those in marginalized communities. Join Native and non-Native journalism thought in examining these barriers and discussing ethical and culturally-sensitive solutions to develop solid sourcing and storytelling in Indian Country.

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Tristan Ahtone
Tristan Ahtone is a New Mexico-based journalist and member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Most recently, he served as contributing editor for High Country News Tribal Affairs desk. He also has reported for Al Jazeera America, PBS NewsHour, National Native News, Wyoming Public Radio, The Fronteras Desk and NPR. Ahtone’s stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation. He additionally was part of the Al Jazeera team that received a Delta Chi Award in 2015. Ahtone is vice president of the Native American Journalists Association and current fellow with the Nieman Foundation.

Dr. Loren Ghiglione
Loren Ghiglione, a veteran of 45 years in journalism and journalism education, teaches enterprise reporting, global journalism and media history. In 2015 he received the teaching excellence award presented annually by Medill undergraduate students. He also introduced an oral history course titled “Native Americans Tell Their Stories” and began a year-long term as chair of the university steering committee for the 2015-16 One Book One Northwestern program, which selected Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. In 2014 he served on the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force at Northwestern.

His biography of CBS correspondent Don Hollenbeck (Columbia University Press) and his collection of Hollenbeck’s “CBS Views the Press” radio broadcasts of media criticism (University of Nebraska Press) were published in 2008. His Hollenbeck biography was a finalist for the 2009 Tankard Book Award (presented by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication), the Ann Sperber Biography Award, and the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Book Award ("best research-based book about journalism or mass communication").

In January 2010, "Choice," a publication of the American Library Association, named the book one of the "outstanding academic titles" of the more than 7,000 that "Choice" reviewed in 2009. Columbia University Press published an updated paperback version of the Hollenbeck biography in 2010. Ghiglione has written, edited or co-edited six other books about journalism. His Evaluating the Press won a national Sigma Delta Chi Award for research about journalism.

In October 2010, the American Journalism Historians Association presented him with its Distinguished Service to Journalism History Award.

Ghiglione owned and edited the Southbridge (Mass.) Evening News and ran its parent company, Worcester County Newspapers, for 26 years (1969-1995). He won two dozen regional and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. He also served as a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, guest curator of a 1990 Library of Congress exhibit on the American journalist and president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. As ASNE president in 1989-1990, he established journalism history and disabilities committees, pushed for greater diversity throughout the news industry and initiated a groundbreaking study of gays and lesbians in America’s newsrooms. He served as guest curator of an exhibit about the future of news that was on display in the Northwestern University Library lobby from April to September 2011.

He was a consultant to the Freedom Forum on its creation of The Newseum (1995-96), the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism and the director of the journalism program at Emory University (1996-99), director of the University of Southern California’s journalism school (1999-2001), dean of Medill (2001-06) and the inaugural Richard A. Schwarzlose Professor of Media Ethics at Medill (2007-2010). He was president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2006-07.

He received his B.A. from Haverford College, his Ph.D. in American civilization from George Washington University and his Master of Urban Studies and J.D. from Yale, where he was an Irving M. Engel Fund Fellow. He was awarded a Newspaper Fund Fellowship, a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship, a Congressional Fellowship, a Reuters Foundation Fellowship at Oxford University, a Bogliasco Fellowship at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humnaities, and fellowships to the Media Studies Center at Columbia University and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard University.

He was elected a member of the Council of Foreign Relations in 1985, a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists in 1991 and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. He served as guest editor of the April 2010 edition of the Academy’s Daedalus journal devoted to “The Future of News.”

Ghiglione has been a guest commentator on “Nightline,” “On the Media,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” “Talk of the Nation,” “The Tavis Smiley Show,” “The Abrams Report,” “The Jesse Jackson Show,” “Fox Sunday Perspective” and C-Span.

Ghiglione’s teaching philosophy is based on his hope that he can help students learn to think and learn how to learn, and not just about writing and storytelling artfully and ethically for multiple media. The best journalists are eager to learn about the world, always attempting to diminish their ignorance about cities and cultures, history and humanity.

Crystal Echo Hawk
Crystal Echo Hawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, is President and CEO of Echo Hawk Consulting. Echo Hawk Consulting advises number of philanthropic clients on grantmaking, program development, research, communications, strategic partnerships and policy change strategies. Areas of expertise include: Charitable giving and grantmaking in Indian Country, Native American food sovereignty, nutrition, health, early childhood development, revitalization of Native languages, and issues related to the protection of tribal sovereignty, spiritual and cultural life ways and Native American youth.

Echo Hawk Consulting is also co-leading an unprecedented national initiative, Reclaiming Native Truth: A Project to Dispel America’s Myths and Misconceptions. The project will develop public opinion research and a national strategy to tackle misconceptions, stereotypes, and the invisibility and false narratives about Native Peoples within mainstream media, government and American society. Native Americans will be empowered to begin to change the hearts and minds of policymakers, institutions and society to achieve policy changes and increased equity and inclusion that will improve the lives of Native peoples. Ultimately, the project will drive a multi-year strategy and campaign that will catalyze key federal and state policy changes ranging from health care, education disparity, food justice, and criminal justice reform to issues of sovereignty and natural resource exploitation. ​

Prior to leading Echo Hawk Consulting, Crystal served as the Executive Director for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation from 2009-2014, a national nonprofit organization established by 4-time PGA TOUR winner and NBC Sports/Golf Channel TV Analyst Notah Begay III. During her tenure, Crystal helped grow the NB3 Foundation from a small grassroots organization to an organization that has reinvested more than $9.7 million to fight the health epidemic facing Native children through strategic grantmaking, health and wellness programming, technical assistance, research and advocacy that benefitted more than 50 Native American communities, tribes and 24,000 Native children and families in 13 states.

Before working with the NB3 Foundation, Crystal served as the Assistant Development Director for the Native American Rights Fund and Tribal Planner for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Crystal received both her Masters Degree in Social and Political Thought and Bachelors Degree in European History from the University of Sussex at Falmer, England.

Dr. John Coward
John M. Coward is professor and former chair of the Faculty of Communication at the University of Tulsa. A native of Tennessee, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in East Tennessee before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. Coward’s research focuses on Native Americans and the nineteenth-century media. His books include The Newspaper Indian: Native American Identity in the Press, 1820-90 (University of Illinois Press, 1999) and Indians Illustrated: The Image of Native Americans in the Pictorial Press (University of Illinois Press, 2016).

Karen Lincoln Michel
Karen Lincoln Michel joined the Madison Magazine staff as the editor in April 2015 as the editor. Michel has editorial experience with publications including the La Crosse Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times Syndicate, the Green Bay Press-Gazette and served as most recently as executive editor of The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is president of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and is a past president of both UNITY: Journalists for Diversity and the Native American Journalists Association.


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Saturday, 9-10 a.m.

Yes, You Can: Investigative Reporting As A Freelancer

Some say it can’t be done; this session proves them wrong. Others don’t know where to start; we'll show the way. We'll dissect stories of experienced investigative journalists to reveal their techniques for gaining access, navigating legal complexities and funding investigative work without the level of newsroom support that comes with a staff position. We'll give ample time for audience questions, which attendees are encouraged to send in advance to eij@nilesmedia.com. It will be relevant for new and experienced journalists and freelancers alike. You may pick up investigative techniques, but PLEASE NOTE: This is not a session about how to conduct investigative reporting. We'll focus on how to do investigative reporting *as* a freelancer.

Trainers: Claire Martin (@clairecmartin), independent journalist and journalism professor; Hilary Niles (@nilesmedia), freelance data journalist and investigative reporter, Niles Media; Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold), senior investigative reporter, BuzzFeed News investigations team

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Claire Martin
Claire Martin writes the monthly Prototype column for The New York Times and is a frequent contributor to Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Outside, Smithsonian and Wired. She's a former editor of Men’s Journal and Outside magazines, and she teaches investigative reporting in the journalism program at UCLA Extension.

Hilary Niles
Hilary Niles freelances full-time as an investigative reporter and data journalism consultant. Her work appears on the BBC, NPR and Vermont Public Radio, and in The Boston Globe and other outlets. Hilary is an alum of Mizzou’s graduate program, IRE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop in DC. She serves on SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee and volunteers as secretary for the SPJ Freelance Community.

Jason Leopold
Jason Leopold is an Emmy-nominated investigative reporter on the BuzzFeed News Investigative Team. Leopold's aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act includes suing the FBI and Department of Defense, forcing both agencies to change their FOIA policies. His reporting has been profiled by dozens of media outlets, including a 2015 front-page story in The New York Times. In 2015, he testified before Congress about FOIA. In 2016, Leopold was awarded the FOI award from Investigative Reporters & Editors and was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Hall of Fame by the Newseum Institute and the First Amendment Center.


The Hollywood Indian: Native Americans And Popular Media

The factitious character has long been featured in films and television shows and played by both Native and non-Native actors. Critics of the Hollywood Indian say the image promotes stereotypes and misrepresentations of tribes and Native American people. Native actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous 6” and people spoke both against and in favor of Disney's "The Lone Ranger" over Johnny Depp's portrayal of Tonto. What’s the current scorecard for Hollywood’s portrayals? Native actors, directors and critics weigh in.

Speakers: Tara Gatewood (@taraN8V), host & producer, Native America Calling; Antonia Gonzales (@antoniajen14), anchor & producer, National Native News

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Tara Gatewood
In 2005,Tara joined the Native airwaves with the now 22 year old nationally syndicated call-in radio show Native America Calling. Each weekday she leads thought-provoking conversations with invited guests and callers on issues specific to Native American and Alaska Native communities and the people they connect to. For more than 20 years she has worked in Indian Country in the arenas of art, music, health and community development. She has more than 19 years of experience as a journalist. Beyond radio broadcasting, her palette of story sharing also includes working in Washington, D.C., South Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts and New Mexico. She reported and photographed for several news organizations and her past works can be found in the Boston Globe, Aberdeen American News, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Transmission Magazine, Albuquerque The Magazine and Native Peoples Magazine. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and is a former board of directors member of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. She is the recipient of several NAJA awards for her work in print and broadcast journalism. She was also named one of the National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) 2015 “Native American 40 Under 40” Award winners. She is also the voice of Santa Fe New Mexico’s KSFR 101.1 FM Indigenous Foundation music program.

Antonia Gonzales
Antonia Gonzales, anchor and producer of National Native News, is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and grew up in Arizona and New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of New Mexico and minored in Native American Studies. Antonia is a former board member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), which serves and empowers Native journalists. Antonia is also a contributor to New Mexico in Focus on New Mexico PBS. Her public television work includes a special 2016 Native American election series examining young Native people. She has also contributed to coverage of the Native perspective on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native issues in the New Mexico legislature and recently hosted a panel exploring Native student success. Seeing a need for more Native journalists, she encourages Native youth to take an interest in the journalism field, especially broadcasting, and she has done so by mentoring at NAJA conferences and by guest speaking via Skype with colleges in Montana and Canada. Antonia is a recipient of the 2016 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award for her reporting on the Gold King Mine waste spill and the 2015 Native Public Media Excellence Award. Antonia lives in Albuquerque with her husband and two sons.


Surviving And Thriving As An MMJ

More and more television news stations are deploying MMJs. These Multi-Media Journalists can be empowered to produce fantastic, award-winning journalism if someone shows them the way. Joe Little has been working as an MMJ since 2006 at KGTV in San Diego. He'll put all his tools and tricks on the table. Little has a very simple formula that shows you how to shoot, write, and edit a compelling news story under deadline.

Trainer: Joe Little (@10NewsJoeLittle), MMJ Reporter, KGTV 10News

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Joe Little
Joe Little is multiple Emmy Award-winning MMJ with KGTV, 10News in San Diego, CA. Known for his standups, Joe regularly shoots, writes, edits, and reports by himself. He joined the NPPA News Video Workshop faculty in 2013 and regularly speaks across the country.

Joe started his career at WHAG in Hagerstown, Maryland. He settled in at 10News in 2007 after stops in Pennsylvania and two other San Diego stations.

Joe received his MA from Syracuse University and his BA from George Mason University.


Gay o gai? Trans? Q? Ideas, terminología, conversación y más

A medida que más consumidores de los medios de comunicación en español salen como lesbiana, gay, bisexual, transgénero, o queer (LGBTQ), ellos y sus familias quieren ver cobertura exacta e inclusiva. Este taller les ofrece a los profesionales de los medios de comunicación en español las herramientas necesarias para asegurar que no pierdan a la audiencia LGBTQ o sus aliados. Organizado por Monica Trasandes de GLAAD, este taller ofrecerá terminología y mejores prácticas e incluirá la perspectiva de periodistas cuyo trabajo ha sido inclusivo de la comunidad LGBTQ.

Panelistas: Virginia Gaglianone, La Opinion; Monica Trasandes, Latinx Media and Representation at GLAAD; Claudia Forestieri, Telemundo

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Virginia Gaglianone
Virginia Gaglianone has been working for La Opinion since 2006, where she has held different positions, from Metro reporter to online editor, to Life and Style editor, copy editor, writer and custom publishing. Before La Opinion, Virginia worked as a reporter for The Wave, The Culver City Star and The Independent, and as the Editor for La Ola.. She earned her Master's Degree in Humanities and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from California State University Northridge. While in Argentina, her native country, she also earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music, allowing her to teach music and piano on public and private schools. Virginia lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and her three kids.

Claudia Forestieri
Claudia Forestieri grew up bilingual, bicultural and biracial, and that duality has been a constant theme in her life. Her Dominican-Italian parents brought her up in Miami, where she studied broadcast news at the University of Florida. Claudia began her career telling stories as a reporter for Telemundo’s bay area news station. As a producer for Telemundo’s L.A. affiliate, she’s earned five local Emmys and a GLAAD Media award for her work covering the Latino community. Claudia is an alumnus of NALIP’s Latino Writers Lab, NBC's Writers on the Verge program and was recently selected for the HBO Access Writing Fellowship. Inspired by her mixed background, she’s drawn to the dramedy genre where she blends her passion for drama with her love of dark comedy.

Monica Trasandes
Monica Trasandes is the Director of Spanish-Language & Latinx Media and Representation at GLAAD. Monica was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but grew up in California. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Santa Barbara and an MFA from Emerson College. Monica has worked as a reporter and as a magazine editor and is also an author whose novel, “Broken Like This,” was published in 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. She and her partner Valda are moms to wonderful 4 year-old.


7 Characteristics Of Highly Effective Accountability Reporters

What makes a great reporter? Especially those who work in politics and fact-checking, investigative and other types of accountability reporting? The American Press Institute studied the skills and work habits of 17 highly effective reporters around the country, and found at least seven shared characteristics. We'll talk about why they are important and how all reporters can develop these skills.

Trainers: Jane Elizabeth; Anjeanette Damon; Ricardo Lopez

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Jane Elizabeth
Jane leads the American Press Institute's project on accountability journalism. A former digital editor at The Washington Post, she also has worked at four other newspapers around the country. She holds a master's degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

Anjeanette Damon
Anjeanette is an investigative journalist and government watchdog reporter for the Reno Gazette, and previously worked as a political reporter and editor for the Las Vegas Sun. At the Reno Gazette, she also covered beats ranging from police to city hall to the state legislature and politics.

Ricardo Lopez
Ricardo covers the film business for Variety, where he began working in April 2017. Previously, he was a political reporter for Minnesota's Star Tribune; and a business reporter at the Los Angeles Times where he covered the California economy. He also has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


English And Spanish: How To Thrive In Bilingual News Markets

This session will be presented in English and Spanish. What do Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York all have in common when it comes to news? Each re examples of bilingual television news markets. Different from markets where This session will be presented in both English and Spanish. English-language media has the loudest voice, in markets like these, Spanish-language media is just as, and in some cases more, relevant. It is all a reflection of demographics - and journalists need to be aware of the dynamic. How do general market and Hispanic television news stations differ? How are they similar? What are the challenges that journalists face in these markets? How can working in these markets, even if you are not bilingual, help you grow as a journalist? Reporters, anchors, photographers, producers, multi-media journalists and news managers working for either general market or Hispanic news stations will walk away with tools, ideas and an additional level of understanding regarding multicultural audiences. That knowledge will enable them to discover, and deliver untold stories that they might have dismissed before. All journalists, from any market or medium, will gain a deeper understanding of how a career move to a multicultural media market can open up new doors. Students hoping to land a gig in television news after graduation, can find out how to capitalize on bilingual market opportunities.

Trainers: Stephanie Bertini (@StephanieNBC6); Nathalia Ortiz (@NathaliaT51)

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Stephanie Bertini
Stephanie Bertini is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience in television. Her career has brought her to several local news stations in both the United States and Canada. Currently, she works a dual role for WTVJ NBC 6 News in South Florida as the afternoon traffic anchor, and a reporter for the 11p.m. newscast. Well known for her versatility, her range of experience includes: investigative reporting, anchoring, producing, and weather. She joined the NBC 6 news team in May 2015, after reporting for ABC affiliate WFTV in Central Florida. Before that, she spent more than three years in Texas at the U.S.–Mexico border where she anchored, reported and produced investigative reports for ABC affiliate KRGV-TV. She started her news career north of the border, working for Canadian television station CTV News Northern Ontario where she gained experience with reporting, anchoring, producing, entertainment and weather. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Stephanie completed a degree in History and Broadcast Journalism through a joint program between York University and Seneca College. She has received several industry honors for her work, including an Emmy nomination, two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

Nathalia Ortiz
Nathalia Ortiz is a bilingual journalist with extensive experience in both Spanish and English-language media. She began her career in 2006 as a weekend reporter for WLTV, Univision’s local station in Miami, where she grew up. She moved to New York City in 2008 where she reported for several News 12 stations in the tristate area. In 2009 she took on a position in communications with the Diocese of Brooklyn. There she created the Hispanic media department and lead the launch of a digital and print newspaper for the Spanish-speaking Catholic community in Brooklyn and Queens. In 2012, Nathalia jumped back into mainstream media when she joined Telemundo NY's local station as an anchor and reporter, which brought on a unique opportunity for Nathalia to exercise her English and Spanish reporting skills, while delivering live shots for Telemundo NY and NBC4 NY, as needed, during simultaneous newscasts. In 2015, a move back home offered her the chance to turn around stories in Spanish for Telemundo 51 and in English for NBC 6 News. The stations function as a duopoly in South Florida. Nathalia is also a contributor for the Latino page of NBC News' digital platform.


Geek Out! Latest Gadgets, Apps And 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? Drones? Photogrammetry? Come for an informal, engaging, interactive session where we strip out the formality and chat about all the cool stuff going on in tech and 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), digital professor, USC Annenberg/JOVRNALISM


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Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Consumer Beat: Telling Stories And Making A Difference In Your Community

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote in 2016 that "the I-team is back and it might just save local news." The article explained how investigative and consumer reporters are back in big demand at TV stations coast-to-coast because they provide stations exclusive content that can hold an audience's attention. But what does it mean to be a consumer reporter? Do you test out products? Do you solve viewer problems? Do you warn people about scams? You may do all of that and more. Consumer reporters, photographers and writers must be creative story tellers. And yes, you can tell amazing stories about people as a consumer reporter. You can do touching narrative journalism stories. No need for the inverted pyramid of story telling when you are a consumer reporter. We'll go over how to start a consumer beat, what to look for to tell amazing consumer stories and how to do it even when you have no video. We'll focus on all mediums, including print, online and new media forums.

Trainers: Michelle Mortensen, Consumer Reporter, KLAS; Sarita Kichok, Consumer Photographer, KLAS; Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief, BankRate.com; Joanna Ossinger, SABEW past president and a team leader at Bloomberg News


Covering Protests: Advocacy Vs. Objectivity In Indian Country

Join NAJA members for an interactive discussion on how to navigate coverage of protests in Indian Country, including what to do if you’re in a situation where law enforcement is less discerning in upholding First Amendment protections. Learn about your rights and the limitations you have as a journalist in covering Native communities through examples such as the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Speakers: Jenni Monet (@jennimonet), journalist, Indian Country Today Media Network; Tristan Ahtone (@tahtone), freelance journalist; Chiara Sottile (@CASottile), reporter, NBC News; Matt Kelley (@lskslaw), media lawyer, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz;


Accused: Going For The Long Shot

Investigative podcasts had great success in 2016, with the Cincinnati Enquirer's "Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes" helping to lead the pack. This how-to session will walk attendees through examining whether a news story of any type in any medium has the potential to be turned into a serialized podcast and explore some of the lessons learned producing "Accused," which spent more than a week at No. 1 on iTunes' podcast chart.

Trainer: Amber Hunt (@ReporterAmber), investigative reporter, Cincinnati Enquirer

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Amber Hunt
Amber Hunt is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author who works as a special projects reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer. In 2016, she reported, scripted and hosted the hit investigative podcast “Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes,” which was downloaded more than 4 million times by year’s end after debuting in September. She’s written four nonfiction books, including three focusing on true crime. She previously covered crime for the Detroit Free Press, worked as a news editor for The Associated Press and is a past recipient of the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting, the only national award dedicated to crime coverage. Amber is a past Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She teaches multimedia journalism at the University of Cincinnati. She has appeared on NBC’s Dateline and A&E’s Crime Stories, among other TV shows. In October 2016, she was a writer-inresidence at the Vermont Studio Center. More information is available on her personal website at ReporterAmber.com.


Expediente al descubierto: los rostros y los hechos de la inmigración

Cómo conseguir los récords públicos de un caso de deportación, desvelar la anatomía de un caso y navegar con éxito los engorrosos trámites de los memos, las FOIAS, “waivers”, los testimonios y el choque de declaraciones; todo, sin descuidar el lado humano y las historias que se les escapan a las autoridades y la competencia.

Panelistas: Maritza Gallego Felix; Juan Villa; Valeria Fernandez

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Maritza Gallego Felix
Maritza Félix is a multiple award-winning journalist, producer and writer. She was the chief of information, editor and reporter for Prensa Hispana Newspaper before joining Telemundo Arizona in 2015. She writes, produces and creates. She has contributed to numerous national and international media outlets like Radio Fórmula, Discovery Latinoamérica and Finland National Public Service Broadcasting Company. She is passionate, talented and social media savvy.

Valeria Fernández
Valeria Fernández is an independent journalist with more than a 14 years experience as a bilingual documentary producer and reporter on Arizona’s immigrant community and the US-Mexico borderlands.

She co-directed and produced, "Two Americans,” a documentary that parallels the stories of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 9-year-old U.S. citizen whose parents were arrested by the sheriff’s deputies during a workplace immigration raid. The film aired in Al Jazeera America and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Arizona International Film Festival.

She freelances for a number of print, digital and broadcast media outlets, including CNN Español, CNN International, Radio Bilingue, PRI's The World, Global Nation, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, Discovery Spanish and The Associated Press.

Tania Gonzalez
Tania Gonzalez is the audience development manager of CNET, CNET en Español and Roadshow. She recently worked as a news producer for the evening edition of Univision in Arizona. Born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Tania completed her higher education in Mexico City. She is fond of all kinds of artists and passionate about cultural diversity.


Unleash And Focus Your Inner Broadcaster

Finding your voice for radio, television or even podcasting isn't always easy. You'll learn techniques to deliver copy in a clear, conversational manner and more effectively communicate with your audience. You'll also learn how to stay focused and “in the moment” with every story you read. We'll have scripts to help you unleash your inner broadcaster. NOTE: While this session is great way for existing and aspiring broadcasters to develop stronger vocal ability, it's also a great way for newsroom managers to learn new techniques for coaching their own staffs.

Trainers: Tracy Davidson, News Anchor, NBC 10 News; Motivational Speaker; Amy Tardif, FM Station Manager & News Director, WGCU Public Media; George Bodarky, News Director, WFUV Public Media

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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 2nd Vice President of the New York State Associated Press Association and the past President of Public Radio News Directors, Incorporated. He is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multi-platform journalism. George also teaches 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’s audio documentary Lucia's Letter on human trafficking won a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and others. She was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA. She also serves on the Florida Public Broadcasting Service Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors) Board of Directors from 2007 -2012. She helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication and served on the Editorial Integrity for Public Media Project helping to write a section on employee's activities beyond their public media work. She’s a well-known vocal coach and has twice served as managing editor of NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project.

Tracy Davidson
For 30 years, Emmy Award-winning journalist Tracy Davidson has been connecting with people, both through her position as a news-anchor and as a highly coveted empowerment speaker. Tracy joined NBC10 Philadelphia in 1996 and has served an anchor and consumer reporter. She currently co-anchors NBC10 News Today weekdays 4-7am.

Tracy has received 9 Emmy’s including the Emmy for Best News Anchor for the Mid-Atlantic region in 2008 & 2013. In 2013, Temple University honored her with the Lew Klein in Media Award. She has been recognized with Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award by the Nation & PA Diversity Council and in 2014 was inducted into Philadelphia’s Broadcast Pioneers’ Hall of Fame.

Passionate about many causes, Tracy devotes much of her personal time to community service. As an advocate for victims of domestic violence, she has been honored by Laurel House and Vera House in Syracuse, NY. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Philabundance, working to end hunger in the Greater Philadelphia region.


Reporting In Hostile Times: The Hate Index

The aftermath of the 2016 election raised challenges for journalists on all levels on how to respond. Learn how CUNY J-School’s NYCity News Service quickly created a high-impact digital news project — and pick up some tips for your own ventures. Join the team behind The Hate Index (hateindex.com), a searchable database tracking post-election intolerance, for a wide-ranging session on everything from production to promotion.

Trainers: Jere Hester (@jere_hester) News Director, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Sandeep Junnarkar (@sandeep_NYC), Interactive Program Director, 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 J­School in 2006 as the founding director of the award­-winning NYCity News Service. 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 News.com, and has specialized in writing about technologies used in different industries. Junnarkar helped create online editions of The New York Times, working as breaking news editor, writer, and Web producer when the paper went live as The New York Times on the Web. Junnarkar, founder and editorial director of www.livesinfocus.org, a site that covers under-reported issues, also served president of the South Asian Journalists Association from 2008 to 2010.


The Year We Woke Up To Misinformation And Disinformation

We'll discuss initiatives that have launched over the past year and assess how successful they have been. Have the social networks done enough? Have news literacy projects made a difference? Have we managed to wrap our heads around troll factories and bot networks? Come discuss the main issues related to the information ecosystem in 2017, and look toward the next 12 months and what requires additional research, action and funding.

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Claire Wardle
Claire leads the strategic direction and research for First Draft and is the co-founder of one of First Draft’s founding partners, Eyewitness Media Hub. Before First Draft, she was the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was also head of social media for the United Nations Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led substantial research projects—with an emphasis on qualitative research methodologies—investigating how UGC is handled by news organizations. She sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment. She holds a PhD in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Impulsa tu carrera, marca personal e impacto utilizando medios digitales

La presencia digital es clave para tener una carrera de periodismo exitosa. Aprende a aprovechar los medios digitales para establecer tu marca personal, credibilidad y para amplificar el alcance e impacto de tus reportajes. En esta sesión bilingüe recibirás recomendaciones y recursos que podrás poner en práctica de inmediato.

Entrenadors: BA Snyder, Operations Manager, Veritas Group - Marketing & PR; Jose Zamora, senior vice president, Strategic Communications, Univision News

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BA Snyder
BA Snyder is the founder of Veritas Group, based in Austin, Texas. In February of 2015, the full service marketing and public relations firm expanded to New York and represents a diverse portfolio of clients ranging from startups to corporate brands. Additionally, Veritas Group is the current firm representing NAHJ.

Snyder began Veritas five years ago after seeing a growing concern within the communications industry that consequently resulted in poor sentiments toward PR representatives. During that time she has worked toward becoming a leading force in regaining trust, innovating and reviving the value marketing & PR professionals bring to the table. Instead of acting as sales agents, taking advantage of every relationship and opportunity without regard for integrity in process or content, Veritas Group applies a journalistic approach and exists as a resource for communities both on the local and national level.

BA initially moved to Austin to finish studying at the University of Texas and since then has been named by the Austin Business Journal as one of the top women of influence in Central Texas and is a two-time Forbes and Inc. 30 under 30 nominee. Snyder’s priority is to drive conscious capitalism ensuring all business continually maintains an underlying philanthropic initiative.

Jose Zamora
Jose Zamora joined Univision in June 2012. Jose leads strategic communications for Univision News. In that role he is responsible of ensuring that content produced by Univision’s news division has the widest possible reach and impact. Jose also manages the integration of media innovations into the newsroom and helps develop partnerships with foundations, nonprofits and other media and technology organizations that allow Univision News to further inform, engage and empower its audience. Prior to joining Univision, Jose managed Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge, an initiative to spur media innovation across the world. Zamora also helped manage Knight Foundation’s journalism program, where he helped develop over 100 grants to advance media innovation and freedom of the press. Zamora’s work included pioneering new type of grants and funding mechanisms such as program related investments and creating intellectual property language and open-source software guidelines for new experimental grant-making. He is a journalist and a former news executive with elPeriódico in Guatemala. He has a law degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquín, a specialization in media law from Oxford’s Media Law Advocates Programme and a master’s in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.


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Saturday, 3-4 p.m.

Sin falta de acentos

Trabajar para los medios noticiosos en español de Estados Unidos requiere mas y mas el buen manejo del ingles y el español para poder reportear, escribir y producer en los dos idiomas. Quienes y adonde se está preparando la nueva generación de “crossover journalists,” periodistas Hispanos que pueden producir notas multimedia en ingles y en español con las misma facilidad y sin falta de acentos? Hay un modelo ideal para crear el nuevo periodista bilingüe multimedia?

Moderador: Zita Arocha

Panelistas: Alfredo Carbajal, Managing Editor, Al Dia Dallas Morning News; Gustavo Martínez, periodista multimedia independiente; Damia Bonmati, periodista y editor, Univision Digital

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Zita Arocha


Alfredo Carbajal
Alfredo Carbajal is managing editor of Al Día at The Dallas Morning News, where he practices journalism for digital and print platforms in English and Spanish. He is a member of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) Executive Committee, where he leads the Emerging Leaders Institute and in 2017 he’ll become the president of the organization. Previously he worked at the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise as editor at La Prensa and has reported and edited news projects in both the U.S. and Mexico. Carbajal is a recipient of the 2014 Texas-APME Jack Douglas award. He has a journalism degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP,) and was a 2009 fellow at the “Punch” Sulzberger Executive News Media Program at Columbia University.

Damià S. Bonmatí
Damià S. Bonmatí is a national correspondent for Univision Digital, covering immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border, and labor issues. He has a master's degree in Business Journalism from Columbia University. One of his recent projects, Vacations in No Man’s Sea, won a Robert Kennedy Journalism Award, Ortega y Gasset Award, and a National Headliner Award. He is Vice President of South Florida NAHJ chapter.

Damià S. Bonmatí es corresponsal nacional para Univision Digital. Cubre inmigración, frontera y empleo. Es graduado de la Universidad de Columbia, Máster en Periodismo Económico. Uno de sus últimos proyectos, Vacaciones en aguas de nadie, ganó un Robert Kennedy Journalism Award, un Ortega y Gasset y un National Headliner Award. Es vicepresidente del capítulo de NAHJ en el Sur de Florida.


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