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10th International Symposium on Online Journalism


The University of Texas School of Journalism hosted its 10th International Symposium on Online Journalism on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the University of Texas at Austin in the Avaya Auditorium (2.302) in the ACES Building.


Friday, April 17, 2009

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-8:45 Opening session
|| Rosental Calmon Alves, Professor, Knight Chair in Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication, School of Journalism, UT Austin (Symposium Chair)
|| Tracy Dahlby, Director, School of Journalism, Frank A. Bennack, Jr. Chair in Journalism, UT Austin
|| Jonathan Dube, President of the Online News Association (ONA)

8:45-9:30 Keynote Address: The Future of Journalism Amid Disappearing Newspapers
|| Paul Steiger, Editor-in-Chief, President and Chief Executive of ProPublica

9:30-11:00 Panel. Diverse Business Models in Online Journalism – Are We Trying Hard Enough?
Chair: Steve Outing, Columnist, Editor & Publisher
|| Premesh Chandran, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysiakini.com (Malaysia)
|| Beth Frerking, Assistant Managing Editor, partnership, Politico.com
|| Katie King, Creative and Development Editor, MSN (United Kingdom)
|| Márion Strecker, Content Director, UOL.com.br (Brazil)

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 Panel. Using New Platforms and Social Networks to Enhance Interactivity and Journalism Outreach. Are Journalists Engaging in the Conversation?

Chair: Robert Rivard, Editor, San Antonio Express News
|| Paul Brannan, Emerging Platforms Editor, BBC News, (United Kingdom)
|| Andy Carvin, Senior Strategist for Social Media, National Public Radio
|| Rachel Nixon, News Director, NowPublic.com (Canada)
|| Robert Quigley, Internet Editor and Social Media Coordinator, Statesman.com and Austin360.com
|| Dwight Silverman, Interactive Journalism Editor, Houston Chronicle

12:451:45 p.m. Presentation by Steve Semelsberger, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Pluck Enterprise, followed by luncheon sponsored by Pluck

1:45-3:15 Panel. Newsroom Integration and the Prevailing Formula of Multimedia, Multiplatform Content – Is it Working?
Chair: Fred Zipp, Editor, Austin American-Statesman
|| Jim Brady, former Vice President and Executive Editor, WashingtonPost.com
|| Sewell Chan, Bureau Chief of City Room Blog, NYT.com
|| Jonathan Dube, Vice President, ABCNews.com
|| Anthony Moor, Deputy Managing Editor/Interactive, Dallas Morning News
|| Torry Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer, VG Group (Norway)

3:15-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 Panel. Visual and Multimedia Storytelling on the Web and Beyond. Have we Already Created New Narrative Styles through the Use of Photos and Video?
Chair: José Zamora, Journalism Program Associate, Knight Foundation
|| David LaFontaine, Partner, Artesian Media and Managing Editor, Newspaper Association of America’s Audience Planbook
|| Travis Fox, Video Producer, WashingtonPost.com
|| Bill Gentile, Journalist-in-Residence, American University  
|| Fred Ritchin, Director, PixelPress
|| María Teresa Ronderos, Editor, Semana.com (Colombia)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:15 Panel. Ten Years of the Symposium: How We Saw Online Journalism in 1999, What has Happened Since Then, and What do we Predict for the Next Decade?
Chair: Rosental Calmon Alves, Knight Chair in Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication, School of Journalism, UT Austin
|| Gerry Barker, Digital Operations Revenue Manager, The Palm Beach Post, Florida
|| Steve Sullivan, Multimedia Editor, The Baltimore Sun, Maryland
|| Janine Warner, Digital Alchemist, Artesian Media, Inc.
|| Peter Zollman, Founding Principal, AIM Group

10:15-10:30 Presentation. Six Years of Symposium Research – A Review of Trends 2004-2009, by Amy Schmitz Weiss, Assistant Professor, San Diego State University and Symposium Research Chair

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:00 Panel.  Citizen Journalism, User-Generated Content and Crowdsourcing: Who is Contributing to the Conversation and Why?*
Chair: Cindy Royal, Assistant Professor, Texas State University at San Marcos
|| Thinking about Citizen Journalism: Perspectives on Participatory News Production at Community Newspapers, Seth C. Lewis, Kelly Kaufhold, and Dominic L. Lasorsa, UT Austin
|| UGC Status and Levels of Control in Argentine, Colombian, Mexican, Peruvian, Portuguese, Spanish, U.S., and Venezuelan Online Newspapers, Elvira García de Torres et al, Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Spain)
|| When the Crowd Doesn’t See the Value: Crowdsourcing, Citizen Journalism, and the Cultural Production of Local Online News, Shayla Thiel-Stern, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
|| The Loud Public: Readers’ Comments in Online News Media, Na’ama Nagar, University at Albany-SUNY

12:00-1:00 Lunch sponsored by UT College of Communication

1:00-2:15 Panel. Reading Between the Lines: Investigations into the Messages, Frames and Perspectives on Online Journalism*
Chair: Tom Johnson, Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor, Texas Tech University
|| Framing Differences in Gender-Related Sport Coverage by Internet Sites and Newspapers, Edward (Ted) M. Kian, University of Central Florida
|| State Policy and News Websites in China, Dong Han and Ying Zhang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|| Online Journalism: Reflections from a Political Economy of Communication Perspective, César Bolaño, Universidade Federal de Sergipe (Brazil)
|| Readers’ Comments to Online Editorials as a Space of Public Deliberation, Edith Manosevitch and Dana Walker, Researchers, Kettering Foundation

2:15-3:30 Panel. Looking Inward: Tracking the Changes and Transformations in Today’s Newsroom*
Chair: Amy Schmitz Weiss, Assistant Professor, San Diego State University (Symposium Research Chair)
|| Technology, Physical Organization, and Spatial Culture in the Transforming Newsroom, Sue Robinson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
|| Taking the Paper out of News: A Case Study of Taloussanomat, Europe’s First Online-only Newspaper, Neil Thurman and Merja Myllylahti, City University  (United Kingdom)**
|| Lost in the Ashes:  A Case Study Demonstrating the Importance of Embracing the Share Economy for Environmental and Scientific Journalism, J. Richard Stevens, University of Colorado at Boulder
|| Web Production, News Judgment, and Emerging Categories of Online Newswork in Metropolitan Journalism, Chris Anderson, Columbia University

3:30-3:45 Coffee Break

3:45-5:00 Panel. Invited Research Panel: International Journalism Perspectives from the Americas and Iberian Peninsula
Chair: Alfred Hermida, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (Canada)
|| From Gatekeeper to Social Partner: Citizen Journalism and the Journalist in Web 2.0 Participatory Environment in Brazil, Elizabeth Saad Corrêa and Francisco Madureira, Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
|| Why Should we Expect Worlds to Collide? A Case Study Analysis of “Jornal de Notícias” and its Strategic Production Changes, Luís António Santos and Manuel Pinto, Universidade do Minho (Portugal)
|| Creating an Index to Calculate the Level of Convergence of a Medium, Manuel Gago Mariño, Moisés Limia Fernández, Carlos Toural Bran, Xosé López García, Teresa de la Hera Conde-Pumpido and Xosé Pereira Fariña, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
|| Setting Guidelines on How to Design the News Online: An Analysis of the Portuguese Online Newspapers and their Spanish, Argentinean and Brazilian Counterparts, Nuno Vargas, Department of Design and Image, University of Barcelona (Spain)
|| The Use of Video Journalism and Other Types of Copyrighted Video in Teaching Journalism, Loreto Corredoira y Alfonso and Rodrigo Cetina Presuel, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

5:00-5:30 Wrap-up

Chair: Rosental Calmon Alves, Knight Chair in Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication, UT Austin
|| Charlotte-Anne Lucas, Online Instigator, WilCharMedia (Symposium's Rapporteur)


 (*) Refereed research papers (blind reviewed)
(**) Top-rated paper






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