Knight Center launches program for ISOJ 2016
The Knight Center for Journalism has released its program for the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual conference attracting media executives, journalists and scholars from around the world.
Simultaneous translation to Spanish will be provided at the conference in conjunction with Univision. Keynote speakers will in include Kensey Wilson, editor for innovation and strategy and executive vice president for product and technology at The New York Times; Yoani Sánchez, founder and director for the Cuban digital news site 14ymedio; and Kara Swisher, co-founder and executive editor of the technology news site Re/code.
The conference will feature a special keynote panel with CEOs from five of the most successful and important nonprofit journalism organizations in the United States. They will discuss strategies for sustainability and the increasingly important role of nonprofit journalism in the U.S. media landscape. The panel will feature Joaquin Alvarado from Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting, Peter Bale from the Center for Public Integrity, Bill Keller from The Marshall Project, Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune and Richard Tofel from ProPublica.
Additionally, Google News Lab will present a workshop on how journalists can use Google Tools to their advantage.
"We did it again," Professor Rosental Calmon Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center, said in a statement. "We have put together again a very strong program to maintain ISOJ's tradition of anticipating trends and discussing some of the most important issues of the moment in the struggle of journalism to adapt to the digital era."
Before the beginning of ISOJ on April 15, there will be two events open to participants that both require registration. The day before, Amanda Zamora, senior engagement editor for ProPublica, and the Engaging News Project of the Moody College of Communication will lead a day long workshop on techniques for improving engagement with readers.
Thursday will also include an event hosted by the organization Hacks/Hackers, which promotes collaboration between journalists and developers. Hacks/Hackers Connect will focus on how to build successful enterprises and news media products using processes that are common in startups, accelerators and entrepreneurial journalism programs.
The 9th Iberian American Colloquium on Digital Journalism will take place on Sunday, April 19, following ISOJ. The event features a round-table discussion in Spanish about online journalism trends in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The event is free for ISOJ attendees, but seats are limited and registration is required.
The conference is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Google, Dallas Morning News, Moody College of Communication and Univision News. It will take place from April 15 to 16 at the University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art at 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Austin, Texas. Registration is now open.