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14th International Symposium on Online Journalism


A program of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at The University of Texas at Austin

April 19-20, 2013

Activities will take place at UT Austin′s Blanton Museum of Art′s auditorium at the Smith Building, MLK Blvd & Congress Ave.

Thanks to our sponsors: Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, Scripps Howard Foundation, and The Dallas Morning News. Simultaneous translation to Spanish offered by Univision Noticias.



7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast

8:30-8:40 a.m. Opening Session

  • Rosental Calmon Alves, professor, Knight Chair in Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin - Symposium Chair
  • Rod Hart, dean, College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin
  • Amy Schmitz Weiss, assistant professor, San Diego State University – Symposium Research Chair

8:40-9:45 a.m. Strengthening Journalism in an Era of Digital Disruption
Keynote speaker: Clark Gilbert, president and CEO, Deseret News Publishing Company, former professor at Harvard Business School
Chair: Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, American Press Institute

9:45-11:15 a.m. Disruption and Innovation: News organizations strategies for the new media ecosystem
Chair: Neil Chase, consultant (formerly with NYTimes.com, MarketWatch.com and Federated Media).

  • Jim Brady, editor-in-chief, Digital First Media, president, Online News Association (ONA)
  • Jennifer Carroll, vice president/digital outreach, Gannett
  • Jim Moroney, publisher & CEO, The Dallas Morning News, chairman of the board, Newspaper Association of America (NAA)
  • David Skok, director of digital, Global News, Canada

11:15-11:30 a.m. Coffee Break

11:30-11:45 a.m. Launch of #ISOJ - The Official Journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism,Volume 3, Number 2, with research papers presented during this conference.
Announcement of the ISOJ Top Ranking Research Papers 2013

11:45-1:00 p.m. Not Your Typical News Audience - Anymore (Research Panel)
Chair and discussant: C.W. Anderson, assistant professor of Media Culture, CUNY

  • Irene Serrano Vazquez, Concordia University, Canada: Researching On The New Relationship Between Audiences And Journalism: A Methodological Toolkit
  • Geoffrey Michael Graybeal, University of Hartford, Jiran Hou, University of Georgia, and Carmen Hernández-Ojeda, University of Hartford: Read, Not Dead: A Case Study of #Redanddead Viral News Spread
  • Avery E Holton, Kanghui Baek, Mark Coddington, and Carolyn Yaschur, University of Texas at Austin: Soliciting Reciprocity Socializing, Communality, and Other Motivations for Linking on Twitter
  • Jonathan Groves, Drury University, and Carrie Brown-Smith, University of Memphis: 40 Million Page Views is Not Enough: An Examination of the Christian Science Monitor's Evolution from SEO to Engagement

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00-2:45 p.m. Social Media, Journalism and the Urgent Case for Media Literacy
Keynote speaker: Andy Carvin, senior strategist, social media desk, NPR
Chair: Robert Quigley, senior lecturer, School of Journalism, UT Austin

2:45-4:15 p.m. Responsive Design and Other Trends in Digital Platforms Architecture and Design
Chair and presenter: Roger Black, principal, Roger Black Studio Inc., New York

  • Trei Brundrett, vice president product & technology, Vox Media (SB Nation, The Verge & Polygon)
  • Michael Donohoe, product engineering director, Quartz, former senior product engineer at The New York Times
  • Miranda Mulligan, executive director, Northwestern University Knight Lab, former design director for digital at The Boston Globe
  • Travis Swicegood, director of Technology, Texas Tribune

4:15-4:30 p.m. Coffee Break

4:30-6:00 p.m. The News Business: Behind the Scenes in the Newsroom (Research Panel)
Chair and discussant: Amy Schmitz Weiss, assistant professor, San Diego State University (Symposium research chair)

  • Elizabeth Hendrickson, Vandana Singh, and Caroline Redmond, University of Tennessee-Knoxville: iPerceive: Platform Priorities And Workplace Innovation In America's Consumer Magazine Industry
  • David A. Craig and Mohammad Yousuf, University of Oklahoma: Excellence in Journalistic Use of Social Media Through the Eyes of Social Media Editors
  • Cindy Royal, Texas State University - San Marcos: Interactives of Olympic Proportions: The Diffusion of Data Journalism at The New York Times
  • Tamar Ashuri, Tel-Aviv University, Israel and Atara Frenkel-Faran, Sapir Academic College, Israel : The "Status" of News: Implementation of Networked Technologies In Television News Organizations
  • Mark A. Poepsel, Loyola University New Orleans: The Scion of Public Journalism: Case Study Evidence of a Link between Civic and Social Journalism and the Potential for an Atomized Public Sphere


8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast

9:00-9:45 a.m. The Post-Industrial Present
Keynote speaker: Emily Bell, director, director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, former director of digital content for The Guardian (London, UK)
Chair: Joshua Benton, director, Harvard's NiemanLab

9:45-11:15 a.m. Going Mobile: Challenges and Opportunities for Journalists and News Organizations in the Mobile Revolution
Chair: Mindy McAdams, professor & Knight Chair, University of Florida

  • Ivo Burum, executive editor, Burum Media, Australia
  • Chris Courtney, mobile product manager, Tribune Company
  • David Ho, editor - mobile, tablets & emerging technology, The Wall Street Journal
  • Joey Marburger, mobile design director, Washington Post
  • Allissa Richardson, assistant professor of journalism, Bowie State University

11:15-11:30 a.m. Coffee Break

11:30-12:45 p.m. Beyond Content, Beyond Audience Measurement (Research Panel)
Chair and discussant: Homero Gil De Zuñiga, assistant professor, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

  • Heather Heater, Anita Ford, Jeremy Lyons, Brad Beckwith, Kris Miller, and Robert Bergland, Missouri Western State University: Website Features of the Top 100 Circulation U.S. Newspapers
  • Amber Hinsley and Samantha Johnson, Saint Louis University: 'Sharing' The News On Facebook: Exploring The Differences Between News-Sharers And Non-Sharers On The Social Media Site
  • Thomas J. Johnson, University of Texas at Austin, Barbara Kaye, University of Tennessee, and Aimee Meader University of Texas at Austin: Accept NO Substitutes! Well, Maybe Some...: Online Political Information, Credibility and Media Substitution

12:45-1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45-2:30 p.m. The Multimedia Narrative
Keynote speaker: Jill Abramson, executive-editor, The New York Times
Chair: Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief, Texas Tribune

2:30-4:00 p.m. Data visualization: Creating a New Language to Communicate Big Data
Chair: Alberto Cairo, professor of practice, University of Miami

  • Hannah Fairfield, senior graphics editor, The New York Times
  • Chiqui Esteban, visual journalism, Boston Globe
  • Scott Klein, editor of news applications, ProPublica
  • Kim Rees, partner & head of data visualization, Periscopic
  • Lisa Strausfeld, global head of data visualization, Bloomberg

4:00-4:15 p.m. Coffee Break

4:15-5:45 p.m. Innovative Approaches in the Global News Ecosystem (Research Panel)
Chair and discussant: Mark Deuze, associate professor, Indiana University Bloomington

  • Paromita Pain: Finding Their Voice: Examining Some Internet-Based Initiatives that Are Changing the Face of the Indian Media Industry: An Exploratory Study
  • Donica Mensing and David Ryfe,University of Nevada-Reno: Blueprint for Change: From the Teaching Hospital to the Entrepreneurial Model of Journalism Education
  • Philip Napoli, Fordham University: Revisiting the Church-State Separation: A Comparative Consideration of the Effects of Advertiser Pressure on Traditional and Online Journalism
  • Jake Batsell, Southern Methodist University: The 'Original Platform': How Newsrooms Build Digital Loyalty and Generate Revenue Through Face-to-Face Engagement
  • Ahmed El Gody, Orebro University (Sweden): Diffusion and Use of ICTs in Egyptian Newsrooms: A Longitudinal Approach

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