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8:45-9:30 a.m. Keynote speaker: Kinsey Wilson, editor for innovation and strategy & executive vice president, product and technology, The New York Times (Video)
        Chair: Lorraine Branham, dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

9:30-11:00a.m. Distributed Content: Can journalism survive and thrive in a media ecosystem where publishers don't control their distribution channels?
        Chair and presenter: Vivian Schiller, independent advisor, formerly with Twitter, NBC, NPR and New York Times

  • Summer Anne Burton, Executive Creative Producer, BuzzFeed (Video)
  • Borja Echevarría, vice president and editor-in-chief, Univision Digital (Video)
  • David Skok, managing editor & vice president, digital, The Boston Globe (Video)
  • Robyn Tomlin, vice president and managing editor, The Dallas Morning News (Video)

  • Full Panel Discussion (Video)

11:15-12:30 p.m. Can advertising still subsidize journalism? The ad blocking war and the news organizations' efforts to create new revenue streams
        Chair and presenter: Jeff Jarvis, professor and director of Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY

  • Jed Hartman, chief revenue officer, The Washington Post (Video)
  • Jason Kint, CEO, Digital Content Next (formerly Online Publishers Association) (Video)
  • Marcelo Leite, director, product and marketing, RBS Media Group, Brazil (Video)
  • Diane Vickroy, vice president business development, Secret Media (Video)

  • Full Panel Discussion (Video)

1:30-3:15 p.m. Special keynote panel with the leaders of five nonprofit journalism organizations
        Chair and presenter: Emily Bell, director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School

  • Joaquin Alvarado, CEO, Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting (Video)
  • Peter Bale, CEO, Center for Public Integrity (Video)
  • Bill Keller, editor-in-chief, The Marshall Project (Video)
  • Evan Smith, editor-in-chief, CEO and co-founder, The Texas Tribune (Video)
  • Richard Tofel, president, ProPublica (Video)

  • Full Panel Discussion (Video)

3:30-4:45 p.m. Journalists as activists and activists as journalists: Has the internet blurred the line between journalism and activism/advocacy?
       Chair and presenter: Pam Fine, president of ASNE and Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community at University of Kansas

  • Emma Daly, director, communications, Human Rights Watch (Video)
  • Daniela Gerson, community engagement editor, Los Angeles Times (Video)
  • Jake Horowitz, founder, Mic.com (Video)
  • Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists (Video)

  • Full Panel Discussion (Video)

4:45-6:00 p.m. Research Panel
       Chair and discussant: Amy Schmitz Weiss, associate professor, San Diego State University - ISOJ research chair

  • James Breiner, University of Navarra (Spain): The Economics of Accountability Journalism: What Price Is Right? (Video)
  • Susan McGregor and Elizabeth Anne Watkins, Columbia University: "Security by Obscurity": Journalists' Mental Models of Information Security (Video)
  • Leonard Witt, Farooq Kperogi, Claire Bohrer, and Solomon Negash, Kennesaw University and Gwenette Writer Sinclair, CEO/Owner, 1Virtual World Development:Journalism: How One University Used Virtual Worlds to Tell True Stories (Video)
  • Jeremy Littau, Lehigh University and Mi Rosie Jahng, Hope College: Interactivity, social presence, and journalistic use of Twitter (Video)

  • Full Panel Discussion (Video)


9:00-9:45 a.m. Keynote speaker: Yoani Sanchez, founder and director, 14ymedio, Cuba (Video)
        Chair: Janine Warner, founder and executive director, SembraMedia

9:45-11:15 a.m. Panel: Messaging as a platform and bots as a news service
        Chair and presenter: Trei Brundrett, chief product officer, Vox Media

  • Ben Brown, co-founder and CEO, XOXCO (Video)
  • Alastair Coote, mobile developer, Guardian U.S. mobile innovation lab (Video)
  • Rebecca Harris, founder and CEO, Purple (Video)
  • Zach Seward, vice president of product and executive editor, Quartz (Video)
  • Alex Swan, developer, BreakingNews.com/NBCUniversal (Video)

  • Full Panel Discussion (Video)

11:30-12:45 p.m. Research Panel:
        Chair and discussant: Kathleen McElroy, assistant professor, Oklahoma State University

  • Lu Wu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Did you get the buzz? Are digital native media becoming mainstream? (Video)
  • Zhaoxi Liu, Trinity University: Toward Omnipresent Journalism: A Case Study of the Real-Time Coverage of the San Antonio Spurs 2014 NBA Championship Game (Video)
  • Danielle Kilgo and Vinicio Sinta, University of Texas at Austin: 6 things you didn't know about headline writing: Sensational form in viral news of traditional and digitally native news organizations (Video)
  • Hans Meyer and Burton Speakman, Ohio University: Quieting the Commenters: The Spiral of Silence's Persistent Effect on Online News Forums (Video)

  • Full Panel Discussion (Video)

1:45-2:30 p.m.
        Keynote speaker: Kara Swisher, co-founder and executive editor, Recode (Video)
        Chair: Evan Smith, editor-in-chief, CEO and co-founder, The Texas Tribune

2:30-4:15 p.m. Global round up: Creative solutions for online journalism challenges around the world
        Chair: Maria Teresa Ronderos, director of the Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations

  • Andrei Dynko, editor, Nasha Niva, Belarus (Video)
  • Enock Nyariki, editor, Hivisasa, Kenya (Video)
  • Kelly G. Niknejad, editor-in-chief, Tehran Bureau (Video)
  • Carlos Salamanca, business and administration manager, El Faro, El Salvador (Video)
  • Trevor Snapp, director of programs, Nuba Reports, Sudan (Video)
  • Galina Timchenko, executive editor, Meduza, Russia (Video)

  • Full Panel Discussion (Video)

4:30-6:00 p.m. Virtual Reality, the new frontier of journalism storytelling
        Chair: Shazna Nessa, director of journalism program, Knight Foundation

  • Carla Borrás, series coordinating producer, FRONTLINE, PBS (Video)
  • R.B. Brenner, director, UT Austin School of Journalism (Video)
  • Tom Kent, standards editor, Associated Press (Video)
  • Dan Pacheco, professor of journalism Innovation, Syracuse University (Video)
  • Jamie Pallot, co-founder, Emblematic Group (Video)

  • Full Panel Discussion (Video)
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