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2011 Symposium News Coverage

During the 2011 Symposium, the two-day event was covered by students of UT Austin's School of Journalism. See the news coverage below.


Reflections: Social Media and The New Face of Journalism

By: Lauren Abram, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The use of social media in the realm of journalism was a topic at the 12th Annual ISOJ. One research panel, All About the Tweet and More, got right to that point.

The panel included Cindy Royal and Dale Blasingame of Texas State University, Carrie Brown of the University of Memphis, Marcus Messner of VCU, and Elvira Garcia de Torres of Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, Spain.

 

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Posted Apr 05, 2011 15:58

Reflections: Beyond News Routines, Beyond News Consumption

By: Nikki N. Kim, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Beyond News Routines, Beyond News Consumption, an ISOJ panel chaired by UT-Austin's Tom Johnson, worked as a smooth transition from Friday’s panels on cutting-edge innovations of news industry.

The research panel included Ahmed El Gody of Orebro University, Sweden, Angela Lee from University of Pennsylvania, Jonathan Groves of Drury University and Carrie Brown of University of Memphis, and H. Iris Chyi, Monica Chadha, Ingrid Bachmann, Summer Harlow, and Brian Baresch of UT Austin.

 

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Posted Apr 05, 2011 15:48

Reflections:Ex-NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Delivers Keynote Address

By: Faiza Hassan, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Former online editor of the New York Times and ex-CEO and President of National Public Radio Vivian Schiller delivered they keynote address that kicked off the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism.

The symposium, which ran from April 1-2, hosted an array of journalists from all over the world at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

Glenn Frankel, the director of the school of journalism at the University of Texas, briefly introduced Schiller. Frankel called NPR a "disgrace" for firing and publicly humiliating Schiller.

 

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Posted Apr 05, 2011 15:38

Reflections: Engaging the Community

By: Zach Miller, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

ISOJ speakers addressed innovative and effective ways to work with the community and have them happily work with the news.

VG Multimedia editor-in-chief Espen Hansen presented ways the in which his site excels with community needs right when they need it.

When the Icelandic volcano sent massive clouds of dust disrupting air travel, the site acted quickly to help the community. They created a page focused on getting people home.

 

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Posted Apr 05, 2011 15:34

Reflection: Research Panel Discusses News Innovation

By: Jordyn Davenport, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The first research panel of the ISOJ conference discussed news innovations and touched on every topic from R&D to education to creativity.

 

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Posted Apr 05, 2011 15:27

Texas Tribune's John Thornton on Non-Profit Business Model

By: Joe Holloway, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Posted Apr 03, 2011 18:31

Catching Up With Patch.com's Warren Webster

By: Wendy Rubick, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Warren Webster, president of Patch Media, spoke on the rise of hyperlocal Patch.com Saturday afternoon.

"To point to Vivian Schiller's point 'Is this real journalism?' We say yes," Webster said, adding that local editors had an average nine-year background in journalism.

 

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Posted Apr 03, 2011 18:28

ISOJ 2011 closes with discussions of engagement

By: Oscar D. Gomez, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The 12th ISOJ with the research panel, Beyond the Conversation, Beyond Engagement.

Chris Kabwato, from the School of Journalism and Media Studies of the Rhodes University at South Africa chaired the panel that included C.W. Anderson, from the College of Staten Island (CUNY), Alfred Hermida, from the UBC Grad School of Journalism in Canada, Seth Lewis, from the University of Minnesota, and Kang Hui Baek and Mark Coddington, from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 17:51

Egypt and the role of social media

By: Casey Vaughn, UT Austin Multimedia Student

Ahmed El Gody, lecturer of Media and Communication Studies at Orebro University, Sweden, discussed the state of Egyptian news media Saturday.

Here he explains the role of social media in Egypt's overall media environment and its impact on the revolution.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 16:46

REPORTR.NET: Lessons on how to engage with audiences

By: Alfred Hermida, Reportr.net

Jim Brady, former editor of TBD.com and WashingtonPost.com, set the tone for a professional panel on engaging the audience at #ISOJ by saying they were going to stick to time and leave plenty of time for questions.

First up was Espen Egil Hansen, editor-in-chief of VG Multimedia, Norway. He started by stating that he tells his journalists to spend a minimum of 10% of time interacting and engaging with readers.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 15:37

REPORTR.NET: Patch president outlines community strategy

By: Alfred Hermida, Reportr.net

The afternoon keynote at the ISOJ was by Warren Webster, president of Patch Media.

Depending on who you listen to, Patch is or isn’t journalism. But it is hiring journalists and has a presence in 800 US towns. It has 50% penetration in these markets and is growing in monthly visits by more than 40%.

The percentage of traffic from AOL is fairly small compared to other traffic, said Webster. Rather people are finding Patch sites through Facebook.

The Patch president likened Facebook to having a newspaper box on the street corner.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 14:12

REPORTR.NET: Research into the sharing of links on Facebook

By: Alfred Hermida, Reportr.net

With social recommendation becoming an increasingly important way that people get the news, the final research paper at ISOJ looked at how news travels on social networks.

The research paper by Brian Baresch, Dustin Harp, Lewis Knight and Carolyn Yaschur from the University of Texas at Austin surveyed 78 US Facebook users and the links they shared.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 14:07

Audience has many questions for nonprofit online journalism panel

By: By Lara Berendt, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Today's panel on the sustainability of the nonprofit online journalism model sparked a lively discussion that included journalism education, news business models, credibility, and collaboration.

Lisa Frazier of The Bay Citizen, the Texas Tribune's John Thornton, and Gustavo Gorriti of Peru's IDL-Reporteros each spoke on the solvency of their publications and their outlooks on the future of the nonprofit online news model.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 12:35

REPORTR.NET: Christian Science Monitor grapples with tensions as web-only

By: Alfred Hermida, Reportr.net

The research presented at ISOJ by Jonathan Groves, Drury University and Carrie Brown, University of Memphis, looked at the Christian Science Monitor’s transition from print to web.

For the paper, the researchers spent three weeks in the newsroom, watching how journalists worked and talking to them about journalism.

The Monitor started in 1908 as a daily newspaper distributed by mail and switched to web-only daily in March 2009, with a print daily.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 12:16

Latin American newspapers sticking to traditional formats

By: Elizabeth Blancas, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Based on an extensive analysis of 19 newspaper websites in Latin America (some 2,300 articles), UT Austin doctoral students Summer Harlow and Ingrid Bachmann honed in on the multimedia features of each site, the interactivity options and engagements, and the promotion of participatory journalism.

They found that less than a fifth of the stories contained links to other information and few sites offered citizen engagement beyond reader comments or contact information.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 12:00

Can multiplatform devices expand 'newsfulness?'

By: Avery Holton, UT Austin doctoral student

Should new outlets continue to press toward digital innovations? Yes, but perhaps not without more though, according to Dr. Iris Chyi of the University of Texas at Austin and Monica Chada, a doctoral student at UT.

"The web is not a primary revenue driver," Chyi said, speaking during the second Saturday panel of ISOJ. "Instead, the majority of revenue continues to come from print editions."

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 11:33

Madanmohan Rao discusses media trends in Asia, Africa

By: Sam Bohmfalk, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Madanmohan Rao, an influential Indian writer and media consultant, spoke Saturday on the effects of mobile media and nine other trends in the emerging markets of Asia and Africa.

According to Rao mobile media in the political arena is making headway. From Egypt to India, citizens are advocating for more freedom and using social media and news sites to make their voices heard.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 11:05

REPORTR.NET: Is nonprofit journalism sustainable online?

By: Alfred Hermida, Reportr.net

The first panel on day two of the ISOJ tackled one of the big questions in journalism – is nonprofit journalism online sustainable?

“We don’t know,” said Lisa Frazier, President & CEO, The Bay Citizen, one of the new startups in this area.

The Bay Citizen has a clear civic mission to provide local news and, secondly, to stimulate innovation in journalism, with 27 people working in editorial and innovation.

 

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Posted Apr 02, 2011 10:55

Symposium veteran moderates Twitter panel to close out first day of ISOJ

By: Annika Erdman, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Cindy Royal, who first attended ISOJ the year before she started UT's doctoral program in 1999 and hasn't missed one since, moderated the final ISOJ panel session Friday.

Royal, who earlier tweeted, "This is event has grown so much in 12 years! @rosental announcing new journal! @ Opening Session #isoj http://gowal.la/p/cUBr #photo," said she keeps up with friends from the symposium on Twitter, which is fitting for the panel she guided (All About the Tweet and More).

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 17:00

REPORTR.NET: Research on how journalists are using Twitter

By: Alfred Hermida, REPORTR.NET

The final research paper at the [Friday session of] ISOJ focused on how newsrooms were using Twitter.

Dale Blasingame from Texas State University, San Marcos, looked at how Twitter was changing TV news.

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 16:14

CNN takes pilates approach to breaking news

By: Casey Vaughn, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

CNN.com vice president and managing editor Meredith Artley spoke Friday on how CNN embraces its audience and the future of journalism by going beyond breaking news.

Artley said that while stories about Lindsay Lohan and missing snakes were interesting, people wanted more than fluff. Stories coming out of the tragedy in Japan, she said, show audiences understand and want to interact with the news.

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 16:00

Gerber touts Google's One Pass, hints at mobile applications

By: Lacey Elick, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Jim Gerber, director of content partnerships with Google, opened a panel discussion of the challenges to paid news content by citing three critical areas: (1) sustaining traffic while bringing in and maintaining advertising without alienating consumers; (2) managing access and revenue models; and (3) selling across multiple platforms.

Gerber then focused on how Google's recently launched One Pass could be a tool for publishers to address these challenges. One Pass provides access to multiple news platforms for one set fee.

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 14:48

REPORTR.NET: iPad lessons from 'The Daily'

By: Alfred Hermida, REPORTR.NET

John Kilpatrick, vice president of design for The Daily, provided an inside look into the new iPad app at the ISOJ.

The Daily is a custom application with a custom content management system that was built from the ground up for product.

The idea is to be able to create custom experiences everyday, exploring what works and what doesn’t work, he said.

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 14:41

REPORTR.NET: Research shows benefits of open innovation for news

By: Alfred Hermida, REPORTR.NET

The first research paper at ISOJ from Tanja Aitamurto, University of Tampere, Finland, and Seth Lewis, University of Minnesota, looked at processes of innovation.

Presenting the paper, Lewis highlighted the challenge facing news organizations today: keeping up with modern demands for R&D while finding new sources of revenue.

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 14:41

REPORTR.NET: How newspapers in Norway are transitioning to digital

By: Alfred Hermida, REPORTR.NET

Eivind Thomsen from Norway outlined how the Schibsted Media Group had shifted its financial base from print to digital at the ISOJ.

Newspapers are popular in Norway, with the average user reading 1.3 newspapers a day. But this is declining, from 1.6 newspapers in 2009.

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 14:18

REPORTR.NET: Lessons on newspaper paywalls from Mexico

By: Alfred Hermida, REPORTR.NET

In the session on paywalls at the ISOJ, Jorge Meléndez, vice president for new media, Grupo Reforma (Mexico), explained how the newspapers have had paywalls since 2002.

The newspaper sites were free for the first two years. But they realized there was a very small online advertising market so the group just did it. Part of this involved an active strategy to convert newspaper subscribers online.

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 14:14

'DMN' director talks about the 'Great Equalizer' of news access

By: Lacey Elick, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Mark Medici, Dallas Morning News' director of audience development, discussed the implementation of a Dallas Morning News pay option: subscriber content.

Companies cannot fail to innovate, Medici said, otherwise they fail. So the Dallas Morning News is trying to innovate by empowering and understanding their consumers.

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 14:08

Knight Center: Experimenting key to making newspaper pay walls work

By: Summer Harlow, Knight Center
Just days after The New York Times paywall went live, media executives gathered at the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism to discuss the merits and challenges of charging for newspaper content in an environment where readers are used to accessing online news for free.

The panel, “Paywalls: Charging for News Content. Does it Work?,” opened ISOJ with presentations from Jim Gerber, director of content partnerships for Google; Mark Medici, director of audience development for the Dallas Morning News; Jorge Meléndez, new media director for Grupo Reforma in Mexico; and Eivind Thomsen of the Schibsted Media Group in Norway.

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 13:43

Knight Center: Local news, apps, and new ideas by old orgs make Vivian Schiller optimistic about journalism

By: Dean Graber, Knight Center

In her talk “Reasons to be Cheerful: An Optimist’s view on the State of Digital Journalism,” Vivian Schiller gave seven reasons to be optimistic about where journalism is headed.

Schiller, who resigned her post as NPR's CEO last month after gaffes at NPR on her watch, gave a keynote address at the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism, which began today.

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 13:39

First ISOJ research journal announced

By: Sean Beherec, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

For the first time in the 12-year history of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), the research presented at the conference will be available in e-book and traditional printed form.

Rosental Alves, Knight Chair in Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, announced the ISOJ journal during his opening remarks Friday.

 

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Posted Apr 01, 2011 10:46

Patch Media president to discuss digital platforms for neighborhood news at online journalism symposium

By: Wendy Rubick, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The president of Patch Media will discuss the building of a platform for neighborhood news and information at the International Symposium on Online Journalism on April 2.

Warren Webster heads Patch Media, a division of AOL that is responsible for Patch.com, a network of hyperlocal news sites. He will give his keynote address starting at 1:30 p.m.

 

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Posted Mar 25, 2011 14:15

Panel to discuss sustainability of nonprofit journalism

By: Joe Holloway, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Nonprofit news organizations have been popping up on the Internet in the past couple of years, but the growing concern is: Will these news sites sustain their operations once foundation grants and donations run out? This topic will be dissected by leaders of nonprofit journalism sites from the United States and Peru at the online journalism symposium on April 2.

 

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Posted Mar 23, 2011 17:41

Former NPR leader to deliver keynote address at online journalism symposium

By: Faiza Hassan, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Veteran media executive and online journalism expert Vivian Schiller will kick off the International Symposium on Online Journalism with her keynote address set for 8:45 a.m. on April 1.

Schiller was ready to fulfill her commitment to address participants at the symposium despite the publicity surrounding her recent resignation as president and CEO of

 

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Posted Mar 18, 2011 18:05

Professionals to debate merits of news paywalls at online journalism symposium

By: Rebecca Adams, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The hotly debated topic of charging for access to online news will be addressed during a panel titled "Paywalls: Charging for news content. Does it work?" on the first day of the online journalism symposium.

Chaired by Tim Lott, vice-president/audience strategy at The Austin American-Statesman, the panel gets underway at 9:30 a.m. on April 1 and features a range of opinions from Norway and Mexico, as well as from representatives from Google and The Dallas Morning News.

 

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Posted Mar 12, 2011 14:46

Symposium participants to hear CNN.com editor reflect on "Beyond breaking news"

By: Casey Vaughn, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The vice-president and managing editor of CNN.com will engage participants at this year's online journalism symposium with a keynote address titled "Beyond breaking news."

Meredith Artley, in charge of a website considered to be the top provider of mobile news in the United States, according to Nielsen, will give her address starting at 1:30 p.m. on April 1.

 

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Posted Mar 12, 2011 13:01

Indian editor to redefine Asia and the media at online symposium

By: Sam Bohmfalk, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Prolific Internet consultant and author Madanmohan Rao will deliver the keynote address to kick-off the second day of the symposium on online journalism. Starting at 9 a.m. on April 2 Rao will talk about "Redefining Asia, Redefining Media."

Rao, from India, has edited three book series: "The Knowledge Management Chronicles," "AfricaDotEdu," and "The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook." The latter book discusses how the people of Asia are adapting to Internet technologies, such as wireless, and are perhaps better at it than users in Europe and North America.

 

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Posted Mar 12, 2011 12:16

Researchers focus on newsroom innovations at online journalism symposium

By: Jordyn Davenport, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The potential of innovations for news organizations will be tackled by the first research panel of the online journalism symposium, starting at 2 p.m. on April 1.

The panel, called "Examining news innovations," will feature six research projects and be chaired by Amy Schmitz-Weiss, from San Diego State University. The featured papers discuss changes in every aspect of the news process from education to newsroom structures to distribution methods.

 

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Posted Mar 12, 2011 10:15

Growth of hyperlocal news websites to be analyzed at online journalism symposium

By: Annika Erdman, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The spread of hyperlocal journalism websites across the United States is a hot topic in the media world, one that will be addressed by an industry expert on the second day of the online journalism symposium.

Warren Webster, president of Patch Media, will give a presentation titled "Building a platform for neighborhood news and information." His keynote address, which starts at 1:30 p.m., kicks off the final afternoon of the symposium.

 

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Posted Mar 11, 2011 19:59

Twitter researchers to wrap up first day of 12th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism

By: Lauren Abram, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The first day of the online journalism symposium ends with a panel, called "All About the Tweet and More," which will focus on social media research.

Led by chair Cindy Royal of Texas State University, the panel will explore the ever-changing social media landscape, including the fast-paced world of Twitter.

 

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Posted Mar 11, 2011 15:35

Online journalism symposium attracts social media experts

By: Elizabeth Blancas, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The social media revolution has completely and forever changed the way news is distributed. During a time when social media has become of vital importance for news organizations to engage readers, the online journalism symposium presents a panel titled “Engaging the communities with the news,” at 2 p.m. on April 2. Representatives from The New York Times and The Washington Post will be present.

 

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Posted Mar 11, 2011 13:38

Texas Tribune's John Thornton to weigh in on nonprofit news

By: Lara Berendt, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

Austin venture capitalist and Texas Tribune co-founder and chairman John Thornton will bring his business savvy and zeal for sustainable journalism to this year’s panel discussion on the nonprofit online news model.

As a general partner at Austin Ventures, Thornton has spent 20 years developing technology companies, but the Tribune caters to his interests in media and politics.

 

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Posted Mar 09, 2011 12:35

Researchers to address future of newsrooms, news consumption, and the Christian Science Monitor case

By: Sean Beherec, UT Austin Multimedia Journalism Student

The future of newsrooms and how readers consume the news will be two of the topics addressed by a panel of researchers at the International Symposium on Online Journalism on April 2.

The panel, titled "Beyond News Routines, Beyond News Consumption," will feature six papers addressing the evolution of newsrooms, interactivity and trends, and the future of news consumption. Prof. Tom Johnson, from the University of Texas at Austin, will chair the panel which starts at 11 a.m. at the AT&T Conference Center.

 

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Posted Mar 08, 2011 15:18

Rosental Alves discusses the 12th annual ISOJ

By: Oscar D. Gomez

With less than a month before the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism, Rosental Alves, the Knight Chair in International Journalism and the director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, gives us his impressions on the event.

In this interview, which was shot with an iPhone 4, Prof. Alves talks about the main topics to be covered this year and the evolution of the ISOJ series since they started in 1999.

 

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Posted Mar 08, 2011 14:23

Record Number of Research Papers for the ISOJ Reaffirms Conference’s International Reputation

By: Amy Schmitz Weiss

The 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) generated a record 50 submissions of academic papers from a variety of universities and countries, confirming the growth of ISOJ’s reputation as a world-class conference. Twenty-two papers were accepted for presentation April 1–2, 2011, at the event hosted by the University of Texas at Austin.

The ISOJ has become one of the most competitive and prestigious international conferences in the field of online journalism for researchers from around the world. The papers submitted are selected in a blind review process by judges from different universities and countries.

 

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Posted Mar 08, 2011 14:23

Registration underway for 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism

By: Knight Center

Registration has opened for the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), taking place April 1–2, 2011, at the University of Texas at Austin. Journalists, media executives, and academics from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, will participate in two days of panel discussions, which feature keynote addresses from executives of NPR, CNN.com, and Patch.com.

Participants will discuss many facets of online journalism, including innovations in the industry, economic models, technology and design, social media, nonprofit journalism models, and community engagement with the news.

 

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Posted Mar 08, 2011 14:23


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