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Yoani Sánchez explains how technology has made Cubans more free

By: Silvia Higuera

A USB memory stick or flash drive represents freedom for many Cubans. Blogger and journalist Yoani Sánchez stated this during the opening panel on the second day of the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ).


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Posted May 02, 2016 14:37

Bots and messaging applications continue to evolve, meeting the audience where they are, say experts at ISOJ panel

By: Teresa E. Mioli

People in creative industries, including the news media, have become increasingly excited about the future of bots and messaging applications and how they might be used to meet audiences in the digital spaces where they spend their time, heard the audience at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16.


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Posted Apr 17, 2016 12:52

Virtual reality has potential to enhance storytelling but logistics are uncertain, journalism experts state at ISOJ

By: David Maly

Journalism experts expressed optimism for the future of virtual reality in the field during a panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16, stating that much is still uncertain and current issues include the skills required to produce content, its availability to the public, cost and developing ethical standards around the storytelling tool.


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Posted Apr 17, 2016 12:33

Omnipresent journalism, digital native media, sensational headlines and the reluctance to comment on news stories were topics covered by scholars’ presentations at ISOJ

By: Kyser Lough

The second research panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16, included topics such as digital native media, omnipresent journalism, sensational headline writing and the “spiral of silence” possibly impacting online news forums.


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Posted Apr 17, 2016 11:40

Journalists from around the world use creative measures to overcome diverse challenges, ISOJ audience hears

By: Giovana R. Sanchez

From a media outlet that pays citizens to report from remote areas of Kenya to a portal that uses humor as its main strategy to inform Russians, journalism faces different challenges in different cultural and social contexts. Creativity, however, seems to be a common skill that media entrepreneurs shared in addressing their problems at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16.


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Posted Apr 17, 2016 10:50

No holding back of Re/code’s irrepressible Kara Swisher and her views on Silicon Valley and digital trends at ISOJ

By: Ian Tennant

Re/code co-founder and executive editor Kara Swisher offered her cutting analysis of Silicon Valley and the digital future in a wide-ranging and often hilariously profane address before the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16.


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Posted Apr 16, 2016 22:07

Online journalism research trends such as virtual reality, millenials and the news and headline uncertainty addressed by scholars at ISOJ

By: Paola Nalvarte

Trends in online journalism research — such as virtual reality storytelling, millenials and the news, and degrees of certainty in headlines — were some of the topics explored during a breakfast panel held Saturday, April 16, at the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ).


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Posted Apr 16, 2016 15:39

Researchers cover journalists’ security and use of Twitter, accountability journalism and virtual reality storytelling at 17th annual ISOJ

By: Kyser Lough

The first research panel discussion at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Friday, April 15, covered topics ranging from accountability journalism, journalists’ security and use of Twitter, and the employment of virtual worlds in storytelling.


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Posted Apr 16, 2016 10:37

Social media has blurred the line between journalism and activism, but important differences remain, ISOJ panelists say

By: Moravia de la O

The question of what is the difference between journalism and activism animated the discussion during a panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Friday, April 15. Panelists agreed that although the line between the two has become harder to discern in the age of social media, there are still some important and key differences between journalists and activists.


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Posted Apr 16, 2016 08:36

Success of non-profit news organizations rests on investing in storytelling, says ISOJ panel

By: Alessandra Monnerat

Collaboration and diversity — heard throughout the first day of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) — are key to the business model for non-profit news organizations, which can lead to ground-breaking coverage like The Panama Papers, said panelists on Friday, April 15.


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Posted Apr 15, 2016 20:59

Producing good journalism and embracing video are important strategies for adapting to digital change, says New York Times editor at ISOJ

By: Paola Nalvarte

The strategy of The New York Times for adapting to dynamic change in the consumption and production of news, according to Kinsey Wilson, is to persist in making and offering good journalism.


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Posted Apr 15, 2016 18:06

Advertising is still relevant, multiple revenue sources are key and ad blocking is a concern, say news executives at ISOJ

By: Claudia Bueno

Executives from a variety of media organizations told the audience at the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Friday, April 15, that advertising can still subsidize journalism, multiple revenue streams are necessary and that ad blocking is a major concern but could also be an opportunity.


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Posted Apr 15, 2016 15:43

Distributed content creates challenges and forces newsrooms to adapt, editors tell ISOJ audience

By: Giovana R. Sanchez

The answer to the question of whether journalism will survive in a media ecosystem where publishers do not control all of their distribution channels — the topic for the opening panel of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Friday, April 15 — was that news providers must still experiment, if not embrace the Googles and Facebooks of the world.


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Posted Apr 15, 2016 13:57

Scholars to present research on topics such as virtual reality, media economics and viral news

By: Ian Tennant

Academic research covering a wide spectrum of online journalism — including using virtual worlds to tell stories, omnipresent journalism, the journalistic use of Twitter and journalists’ views on information security — will be presented at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ).


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Posted Apr 13, 2016 08:07

International journalists to discuss their creative solutions for working in adverse media environments

By: Ian Tennant

Being creative is one thing many reporters are capable of, especially international journalists who are determined to overcome financial and political barriers preventing them from doing their jobs: keeping citizens informed.


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Posted Apr 08, 2016 12:18

Silicon Valley’s "most feared and well-liked" journalist, Kara Swisher, will talk about tech and journalism

By: Teresa Mioli

Two years ago, New York Magazine called Kara Swisher “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist.”

On April 16, the intrepid reporter, successful editor, renowned tech columnist and author will share her extensive knowledge on the convergence of the media and tech industries, as a keynote speaker at the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ).


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Posted Apr 01, 2016 19:15

ISOJ tickets sold out, but live video will be available in English and Spanish; attendees coming from 40 countries

By: Knight Center

Registration for the 17th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) has reached capacity and is now closed. However, live streaming of the event will be available at online.journalism.utexas.edu, including a special channel with simultaneous translation to Spanish.

Additionally, social media users can keep up with conference activities via the hashtag #ISOJ on Twitter. Updates also will be available via Facebook and Snapchat.


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Posted Mar 29, 2016 14:33

Leaders of five news organizations will discuss nonprofit journalism in the United States

By: Ian Tennant

Philadelphia’s two daily newspapers made news earlier this year by heading down the path to becoming nonprofit operations, a business model very familiar to leaders of five top nonprofit journalism news outlets who will gather Friday, April 15, at the 2016 International Symposium on Online Journalism.


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Posted Mar 29, 2016 12:09

Kinsey Wilson, New York Times editor for innovation and strategy, will open global conference on online journalism

By: Teresa Mioli

For two decades, digital journalism expert Kinsey Wilson has kept a foot in both the business and editorial operations of some of the biggest news organizations in the United States.

Wilson, current editor for innovation and strategy and executive vice president of product and technology, will relay his experience in digital journalism to attendees at the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin this April.
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Posted Mar 29, 2016 12:08

Yoani Sánchez will explain how and why she created 14ymedio, "Cuba’s first independent news platform"

By: Knight Center

Because of her desire to be an independent voice for Cuban society, Yoani Sánchez has been arrested, previously was prohibited from leaving her country and has been made the subject of smear campaigns. Despite those challenges, her independent news platform 14ymedio is approaching its second anniversary of delivering news and opinion from inside Cuba.


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Posted Mar 02, 2016 15:32

Knight Center launches program for ISOJ 2016, the global conference on online journalism

By: Knight Center

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has released the program for the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual conference that attracts media executives, journalists and scholars from around the world.


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Posted Feb 18, 2016 16:01

Hotel Information 2016

By: Knight Center
Find information on Symposium location, hotels, parking, transportation and other logistics here.
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Posted Jan 22, 2016 12:31

Update: Registration is now closed for ISOJ 2016

By: Knight Center

Registration is now closed, but live streaming of the event in English and Spanish will be available at online.journalism.utexas.edu.

The symposium takes place from April 15 to 16, 2016 at the University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art at 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Austin, Texas.


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Posted Jan 14, 2016 16:53

The 17th ISOJ 2016 is supported by:

Knight Foundation

Open Society Foundations Google the Dallas Morning News

Noticias Univision

Moody College of Communication

Volume 6, Number 1
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ISOJ 2017

April 21-22, 2017

About Us

Thank you for visiting the Web site of the International Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. You will find here a unique and rich repository of information on the progress of Online Journalism, with comments and insights from professionals and scholars who have been working on the frontlines.

Since 1999, editors, producers, executives, and academics from around the country (and lately from around the world) have gathered in Austin every year (except 2000) to discuss the evolution of this new genre of journalism. The Symposium has been a small, but very intense conference that serves as a barometer for the state of Online Journalism.

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