Breakout Sessions: Sunday

There's something for everyone in this year's schedule. Check out a growing list of the breakout sessions we're offering in New Orleans! All sessions are included as part of your conference registration — no additional fees apply.

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Sunday: 9 a.m. | 10:30 a.m. | 12:30 p.m. | 2 p.m.
Monday: 9:30 a.m. | 11 a.m. | 12:30 p.m. | 2 p.m. | 3:30 p.m.

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Additional training opportunities: Deep-Dive Workshops at EIJ16

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

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

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.

Sunday, 9-10 a.m.

How Well Does the Media Cover Mass Murders?

Track: Ethics, Hot Topics/Current Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Top Multimedia and Mobile Tools and How to Use Them

Track: Digital/Social Media

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

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

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

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

Track: Indian Country Issues

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

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

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

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

Will It Podcast? Audio Content Development for All

Track: Digital/Social Media, The Craft

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

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

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

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

Track: The Craft, News Management/Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reporting About the World in a Time of Shrinking Budgets

Track: Career, The Craft

The world has never been as interconnected as it is now. At no time in human history has it been more important for readers to understand big events around the world. Yet, a changing media industry and shrinking news budgets make it more difficult than ever to report international news. This session will explore creative ways to bring the world to your hometown audience and get the resources you need to go out and tell international stories.

Trainers: Farah Stockman (@fstockman), reporter, New York Times and winner of 2016 Pulitzer Prize for commentary

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Farah Stockman
Farah Stockman is a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter working for the New York Times. She’s also a former columnist and foreign affairs reporter for the Boston Globe. Farah got her start in journalism in Kenya, where she moved after college. She spent two years working with street children on a fellowship. Then she interned with a New York Times reporter in Nairobi. She eventually got someone (Peter Canellos) to take a chance on her and hire her at the Boston Globe. She worked her way up from the Metro desk to covering foreign policy. She’s written from Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Indonesia. Her stories identifying US corporations that were using off-shore shell companies to side-step US laws won the 2009 Scripps Howard national journalism award. In 2014, she won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship to about the 40th anniversary of court-ordered busing in Boston. This year, that series won the Pulitzer Prize.

Covering Domestic Violence Against Native Women

Track: Indian Country Issues, Hot Topics/Current Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turned Down for What?

Track: FOI

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

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

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

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

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

Free Newsroom Tools for Taming the Real-Time Internet

Track: Digital/Social Media, Tech & Tools

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

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

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

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

Audio: It Doesn't Have To Be Hard

Track: The Craft

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

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

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

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

Track: News Management/Leadership, Ethics

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

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

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

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

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

Track: Drones, Hot Topics/Current Events

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

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

Collegiate Student Journalists Under Fire

Track: Educators or Students

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

Speakers: Loni Smith McKown, professional practice faculty, Butler University; Frank LoMonte (@FrankLoMonte), executive director, Student Press Law Center; Jacob Buckland, Fairmount State University, former editor in chief, The Columns

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

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

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

Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Reporting on Disability: Best Practices and Missing Stories

Track: Hot Topics/Current Events, Ethics

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

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

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

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

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

How to Investigate Potentially Wrongful Convictions and Other Criminal Justice Issues

Track: The Craft, Hot Topics/Current Events

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

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

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

Shield and Other Laws in Indian Country

Track: Indian Country Issues, FOI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading the Engaged Newsroom

Track: News Management/Leadership

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

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

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

Track: Digital/Social Media

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

Speaker: Cynthia Joyce (@cynthiajoyce)

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

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

Follow Money in Politics, Beyond Election Day

Track: Data, Hot Topics/Current Events, The Craft

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

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

Journalism Teaching Marathon

Track: Educators or Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Track: FOI, Hot Topics/Current Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Track: Career

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

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

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

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

Multiply Your Reach and Engagement on Social Media

Track: Digital/Social Media

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

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

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

Listening Is A Revolutionary Act

Track: The Craft

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

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

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

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

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

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

Immigration: Bridging Ethnic Divides

Track: Hot Topics/Current Events

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

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

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Carol Pauli (moderator)
Carol Pauli teaches legal writing as an associate professor at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth. She researches and writes about the role of the news media in conflict and conflict resolution. She is a former writer for the Evansville (IN) Sunday Courier & Press and the Decatur (IL) Herald-Review. She wrote and edited news for the Associated Press broadcast wire and for CBS News, both in New York City. She formerly taught journalism and mass communication law at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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

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

Vanessa Vancour
Vanessa Vancour is coordinator of the Nevada Media Alliance at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. In June, 2015, she began piloting a program to develop bilingual multimedia news coverage in time for the 2016 presidential election. The program is made possible by the Online News Association Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Vancour previously served as an account manager and strategist for Noble Studios, a digital agency with clients in northern Nevada, the Bay Area and Southern California. She founded the Reno-Tahoe Bloggers network and is co-founder/writer for Off-Tract Blog. Her work has appeared in national media including ABC News, Glamour magazine, AOL Daily Finance, Business 2 Community, Redbook Magazine and BabyZone. She is fluent in Spanish.

The Role of Digital and the Native Media

Track: Indian Country Issues

In this overview session, come hear about and discuss NAJA survey results on mainstream versus Native media news coverage as well as Native American journalist's use of news sources.

Trainers: Victoria LaPoe (@wisestdove), Western Kentucky University; Mary Bowannie, University of Colorado and University of New Mexico

Crunching the Campus

Track: Data, Educators or Students

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

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

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Sarah Butrymowicz
Sarah Butrymowicz is data editor for The Hechinger Report, a non-profit national education news site. Prior to taking this role, she spent four years as a staff writer for Hechinger covering education around the country. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, as well as online for Time and the Atlantic. She was the winner of the 2012 New York Press Club’s Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award. She received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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

Online Harassment: Personal and Organizational Strategies to Combat Trolls

Track: News Management/Leadership, Hot Topics/Current Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shireen Mitchell
Shireen Mitchell is an internet pioneer born and raised in the projects of New York. She played video games before they could be played on TVs and designed BBS boards and gopher sites before the Web went worldwide.

Mitchell is a technological founder, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, advocate, diversity analyst, and a political, digital and social strategist. She was an early adopter and one of the few women of color Web designers in the early 90s.

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

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

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

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

Multi-Generational Newsrooms: How They Work/Should Work

Track: News Management/Leadership

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

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


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