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The 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism was held on April 4-5, 2014 in the auditorium at the Blanton Museum of Art on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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The 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism will be held on April 4-5, 2014 in the auditorium at the Blanton Museum of Art on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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2014 Symposium News

Knight Center’s global conference ISOJ underlines sense of optimism for the future of journalism

By: Alejandro Martínez

The most successful and diverse International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) to date concluded last weekend underlining a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in the future of the news industry.


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Posted Apr 10, 2014 18:15

ISOJ Keynote: Washington Post’s Martin Baron optimistic about the future of journalism

By: Lynn Romero

During his keynote speech at the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism, Martin Baron, executive editor at the Washington Post, talked about why he is optimistic about the future of journalism. However, Baron clarified that his optimism doesn’t necessarily extend to the durability of current media platforms.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 19:30

ISOJ Panel: Media startups mark change and innovation for future of journalism

By: Samantha Badgen

Ironically enough, a panel headed by some of the most successful media startups of today started off with its presenter, vice president for journalism and media innovation at the Knight Foundation Michael Maness, criticizing the lack of “transformational leadership” in journalism, or the need to take risks, iterate quickly, pivot well, and embrace the disruptive technology that is increasingly dominating the news field today.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 19:13

Daniel Eilemberg discusses the inception of Fusion

By: Miku Khezri

Daniel Eilemberg, the founder of Animal Politico -- Mexico’s first news platform to launch exclusively on Twitter -- attended the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism, which was hosted at the University of Texas at Austin from April 4th to April 5th. Eilemberg came to discuss the inception of a new multi-media platform company called Fusion, a combination of the Univision and Disney companies. Eilenberg joined Fusion this past January to assume the role of senior vice president and chief digital officer.

Eilenberg stressed the importance of appealing to the millennial generation. According to his research, more than half of the population are millennials. However, most news is “divisive, polarizing, partisan, and...just not entertaining,” he said. 


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 17:29

Journalism becoming more interactive and individual-centric, ISOJ research panel says

By: Diego Cruz

Journalism is changing quickly, but rather than looking at a general picture of this transformation, a group of scholars researched how this change happens differently to different places and organizations, presenting their results during the second day of the 15th International Symposium for Online Journalism.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 17:07

Jay Rosen @ISOJ reflects on media companies’ pitfalls in 25 years of giving them advice

By: Samantha Badgen

In reflecting on all the solicited, unsolicited, collegial, semi-compensated and paid advice he’s given throughout his career, Jay Rosen, associate professor at the University of New York and author of the media criticism blog PressThink.org, also touched on the pitfalls that the media industry has suffered in recent years, particularly with the introduction of fast-paced digital journalism.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 16:03

"Journalism" always comes before "online," say journalists from conflict zones at ISOJ

By: Travis Knoll

In online journalism, "online" is never more important than "journalism." That was the main message of Carlos Dada, founder and director of Salvadorian news site El Faro, who was one of the participants at a breakfast panel during the second day on the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 13:44

Site seeks to bind together warring factions in South Sudan

By: Nina Hernandez

While crafting a site that works as a digital encyclopedia on the ethnic groups in his native Sudan, veteran journalist Jacob Akol realized this information could be combined with news and a social element to bind together the warring factions in the south.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 13:30

Spotlight on The News Lens at ISOJ

By: ChinLin Pan

Many individuals in Asia do not trust the media. Recognizing that issue, Joey Chung, the CEO and co-founder of The News Lens -- one of the fastest growing media outlets in Asia -- aims to report on important news across all industries and sectors.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 13:08

PolicyMic's Jake Horowitz says millenials care about news

By: Jacob Kerr

At the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism, PolicyMic Editor in Chief Jake Horowitz said that contrary to common belief, young people are interested in news. According to Horowitz, the real issue is the media not connecting with millenials.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 12:08

Aunohita Mojumdar at ISOJ: online journalism still has value in print news landscape of South Asia

By: Lizzie Jespersen

Just as Western journalists speculate about the decay of print news, South Asian news publications like Humal Southasian are exploring the role of online journalism across a growing print news landscape – a role that, according to Humal Southasian Associate Editor Aunohita Mojumdar, comes with the responsibility of creating a space for providing the critical context that is often lacking in sensationalistic print stories.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 11:14

First research session at ISOJ 2014 highlights contemporary challenges, opportunities for digital journalism

By: Vinicio Sinta

The first official day of activities at the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) came to a close with the presentation of six research projects that addressed current opportunities and challenges for digital journalism. The panel, which addressed topics ranging from the impact of native advertising to the archiving of digital news, was moderated by ISOJ research chair Amy Schmitz Weiss, and featured research undertaken by media scholars from universities in Switzerland, Portugal, Canada and the United States.


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Posted Apr 05, 2014 11:00

Ying Chan addresses censorship in China during her ISOJ keynote speech

By: Lynn Romero

During her keynote speech at the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism, Ying Chan, founder and director of Hong Kong Journalism and Media Studies Center, said that there is an interesting contradiction in China: on one hand the government is cracking down on journalists and social media, and on the other it has spent millions of dollars supporting and fostering Internet development.


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Posted Apr 04, 2014 19:29

ISOJ panel explores life beyond the newspaper as a paper only product

By: Samantha Badgen

What does the future hold for newspapers? Has paper media become obsolete in the face of an increasingly digital print medium? The question of what traditional and community newspapers can do to survive the internet is what was discussed at “Life beyond the newspaper as a paper-only product: Strategies for the newspaper as a hybrid of atoms and bits,” the fifth panel at the 15th International Symposium of Online Journalism’s (ISOJ) first day.


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Posted Apr 04, 2014 19:15

Dallas Morning News' Jim Moroney Seeks Answer to Revenue Struggle

By: Alyssa Brant

Recognizing that the news industry must change their revenue sources, Jim Moroney, CEO of A.H.Belo and publisher and CEO at The Dallas Morning News, continues to search for the answer to this complicated problem.


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Posted Apr 04, 2014 18:52

Journalists discuss media ethics and reporters' responsibility at ISOJ

By: Anthony Guerra

At an April 4 panel on journalism ethics during the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism, journalists and media academics took on a number of basic ethics problems and hashed out long-ranging historical debates regarding the role of journalists in society and their ethical responsibilities to the profession and their readers. 


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Posted Apr 04, 2014 17:10

Giving a voice to data: Larry Birnbaum @ ISOJ

By: Kirby Camerino

Larry Birnbaum, founder and chief scientific advisor at Narrative Science, said their narrative analytic tool makes data real. And during the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) in Austin, Texas, he talked about what particular data matters the most in that process. 


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Posted Apr 04, 2014 14:44

Vox Media's Jim Bankoff @ISOJ: successful digital media depends on talented story tellers with the right tools

By: Alejandro Martínez

During the first keynote speech at the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism, Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff listed the guiding principles that have made his company the fastest-growing media publisher in the United States: hire talented people, give them the tools to produce quality stories, and create a multidisciplinary newsroom where hacker culture meets journalism culture.


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Posted Apr 04, 2014 13:55

ISOJ panel to discuss readers' data and how to tailor stories to them

By: ChinLin Pan
Publications should publish “all the news that’s fit to print,” as The New York Times coined the slogan back in 1897. But now that the 21st century has ushered readers to read online news, publications are starting to focus on analyzing their readers and changing up their editorial strategies, which will be the subject of one of the panels at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) this year.
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Posted Apr 02, 2014 19:00

15th ISOJ to be most international edition ever with online journalists from 40 countries

By: Alejandro Martínez

With participants from at least 40 countries, the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) will be the most international edition of the conference since it started in 1999 at the University of Texas at Austin. Registration was suspended more than a week ago when the venue capacity was reached. 


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Posted Apr 01, 2014 10:43

Registration now closed for ISOJ conference, but live video streaming will be available

By: Alejandro Martínez

After reaching maximum capacity, the registration for the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) is now closed.


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Posted Mar 25, 2014 10:17

Texas Tribune, MediaShift to host mixer for ISOJ kickoff

By: Alejandro Martínez
The Texas Tribune and MediaShift will host on April 3 their annual media mixer to kickoff the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism.


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Posted Mar 19, 2014 18:01

ISOJ panel to explore new tools for journalists: bots, drones, sensors and wearables

By: Lizzie Jespersen

Drones are not just heavily discussed amongst government skeptics and human rights advocates anymore – their possible uses for storytelling are now being explored by journalists and will be a topic for discussion this April during the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), to take place on April 4-5 at the University of Texas at Austin. Click here to register.


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Posted Mar 10, 2014 16:44

Program for Knight Center’s 15th annual ISOJ conference on online journalism now available

By: Alejandro Martínez

The program for 15th International Symposium for Online Journalism (ISOJ), to take place on April 4 and 5 at the University of Texas at Austin, is now available. Click here to see the full program.


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Posted Feb 27, 2014 16:43

ISOJ Keynote: University of Hong Kong’s Ying Chan to talk about the new frontier for journalism in China

By: Alejandro Martínez

There also exist opportunities for doing great journalism as Chinese journalists push the envelope to cope with the challenges, said professor Ying Chan, founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong.


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Posted Feb 17, 2014 16:07

ISOJ Keynote: Jim Bankoff, Vox Media CEO, to talk about how to build a media company in the digital era

By: Alejandro Martínez

Influential journalist Ezra Klein’s decision to leave the Washington Post -- where he created the popular Wonkblog -- and join online publisher Vox Media is the perfect example of the growing importance of the young yet incredibly successful company.


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Posted Feb 05, 2014 11:41

ISOJ Keynote: Washington Post’s Martin Baron to explain why we should be optimistic about journalism

By: Alejandro Martínez

Martin Baron, the executive director of the Washington Post, is optimistic – not only for his paper, but for the profession as a whole.


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Posted Jan 28, 2014 10:25

ISOJ Keynote: Jay Rosen to speak on giving advice to journalists and media companies

By: Alejandro Martínez

You could say Jay Rosen is a pro at trying to give useful advice. A journalism professor at New York University who publishes the influential blog PressThink, Rosen has advised students, journalists and executives on journalism issues for 25 years. Last November, Rosen signed up as an advisor to Pierre Omidyar's new venture with Glenn Greenwald, First Look Media.


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Posted Jan 23, 2014 20:10

Registration is now open for the 15th ISOJ

By: Alejandro Martínez

Registration is now open for the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). The symposium will take place on April 4-5, 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin. This year’s speakers will be announced soon.


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Posted Jan 17, 2014 16:35

Hotel Information 2014

By: Knight Center
Find information on Symposium location, hotels, parking, transportation and other logistics here.
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Posted Jan 16, 2014 17:18

The 15th ISOJ is supported by:

Knight Foundation

the Dallas Morning News

Omidyar Network

Noticias Univision

Google Moody College of Communication

ISOJ 2015
April 17-18, 2015

Volume 4, Number 1
Issue of #ISOJ

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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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