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Conference news
Posted: August 7, 2008 2:53 PM
Speaker biographies: A-L

Below is a list of the speakers and instructors for the 2008 conference alphabetized by first name, just to shake things up a bit.

Aaron Curtiss
Aaron Curtiss is director of innovation at the Los Angeles Times -- a fancy name for a job that boils down to helping people and processes adapt to rapid and fundamental change. After starting at the Times as an intern 20 years ago, Curtiss has worked as a reporter, editor, editorial writer, video game reviewer and advertising manager. He cut his technical teeth in the 1980s programming original video games on his home computer. Curtiss is a graduate of the University of Southern California and earned his master's in business from the University of California, Los Angeles. Speaking at: L.A. Times: Setting up and streamlining a multimedia newsroom.

Adam Glenn
Adam Glenn is an award-winning journalist and independent digital media consultant with more than 25 years of news experience. He is co-founder of the citizen journalism training project, I, Reporter, which won a Knight News Challenge Award in 2007. Glenn has worked in newsrooms in New York City and Washington, D.C., most recently as senior producer at ABCNews.com. He is a contributing blogger to E-Media Tidbits and serves on the editorial advisory board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. In addition to teaching new media journalism at Columbia, Glenn has served for three years as managing editor of Columbia News21, teaches science, health and environment reporting at NYU's journalism program, and taught journalism in India in 2002. Glenn holds a master's degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in Boston and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University. Speaking at: Beyond Green.

Alan Rappeport
Alan Rappeport is a staff writer at CFO.com, the Web site of The Economist Group's corporate finance magazine. He writes daily news stories online and also contributes to the 450,000-circulation print publication. Rappeport previously worked at The Economist in London, where he was a Marjorie Deane fellow and spent five months writing for the finance and economics section. While in London, Rappeport spent three months as an intern at the Financial Times, writing and editing on the world news desk and FT.com. Before that, Rappeport worked as a freelance journalist in Asia and a staff writer at The Press of Atlantic City. He has master's degrees from the London School of Economics and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is a 2001 graduate of Emory University. Speaking at: Using the Web to generate story ideas.

Allison Silver
Allison Silver is the editor of The Washington Independent. She is a former editor at The New York Times "Week in Review" section, and was the editor of The Los Angeles Times Sunday "Opinion" section from 1991 to 2000. She was also politics producer for "Charlie Rose." Speaking at: The Washington Independent: Cutting-edge online coverage.

Amy Eisman
Amy Eisman is Director of Writing Programs in the School of Communication at American University. She teaches writing for convergent media and created an online course that explores the influence of business, technology and audience on journalism. Eisman was with Gannett for 17 years, starting as a cover story editor at USA TODAY and later as Executive Editor of USA WEEKEND. Eisman was also a managing editor at AOL and was a Fulbright lecturer in Moscow. She has co-authored online training modules for Gannett's 5,500 news employees about breaking news online, interactivity and database journalism. She also co-authored a module for the Knight Citizen News Network, with Wendell Cochran, on tools for citizen journalists. Eisman has taught Web-writing workshops at numerous news outlets including the washingtonpost.com, Voice of America, the Society of American Travel Writers and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague and Moscow. Speaking at: So you want to teach?

Amy Webb
Amy Webb is a digital strategy consultant and adapts current and emerging technologies to solve problems in mainstream journalism and journalism education. Her company, Webbmedia Group, has worked with media companies and other organizations around the world. Webb began her career as a reporter with Newsweek in its Tokyo bureau and at the Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong where she covered technology, media and culture. She has been on the adjunct journalism faculty at University of Maryland, Temple University, Tokyo University and University of the Arts and is currently associated with the International Center for Journalists, where she creates training programs and seminars for journalists around the world. Webb holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a bachelor's in political economics from Indiana University and Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test. She is a frequent speaker and commentator and blogs at MyDigimedia. She is currently the 2008 conference chairwoman for the Online News Association. Speaking at: Ten tech trends you've never heard of.

Andrea Panciera
Andrea Panciera is a veteran online journalist, who has served as editor of projo.com, the award-winning Web site of The Providence Journal, since its origin in 1994. She oversees online news operations, focusing on breaking news reports and working with online and print staff. Panciera speaks frequently about online media issues to students and fellow professionals, including seminars at the Poynter Institute and at her alma mater, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has judged several online news contests, including the national EPpy and Edgie contests, worked on Online News Association conferences and is a past Online News Association board member. When not in front of a computer, this farmer's daughter enjoys the outdoors, reading mysteries, travel and the company of her longtime partner, Bob. Speaking at: Ethics session.

Andrew Mendelson
Andrew Mendelson is an associate professor in and chair of the department of journalism in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University. Mendelson writes on the ways people understand the world through photographs, examining various psychological and social factors that affect viewers' interpretations. His teaching connects closely with this research, focusing on visual literacy and documentary photography. Mendelson holds a Ph.D. in Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism. Speaking at: So you want to teach?

Angie Chuang
Angie Chuang, an assistant professor of journalism at American University's School of Communication, came to teaching in 2007 after 13 years as an award-winning reporter focusing on race and immigration issues. In 2000, Chuang launched The Oregonian's first race and ethnicity issues beat, and covered it for seven years. Her stories took her to Afghanistan, Vietnam and the post-Katrina Gulf Coast, and were recognized by the Columbia University School of Journalism Workshop on Journalism Race and Ethnicity, the Pacific Northwest Newspapers Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. Chuang now focuses on teaching and researching race issues in journalism, including a new course for which students created a Web site exploring the D.C. metropolitan area's ethnic enclaves. Speaking at: So you want to teach?

Anne Saul
Anne Saul is news systems editor for Gannett Co., Inc., in McLean, Va., where she advises editors at Gannett's daily newspapers on technology issues. She also coordinates the company's online video training program, which has turned out more than 700 video journalists. Saul previously was executive editor at the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal and a managing editor at Gannett News Service and FLORIDA TODAY. She also was on the startup team for the launch of USA TODAY in the early 1980s. Saul is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Online News Association, Newspaper Association of America's New Media Federation, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and she serves on the advisory council of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Speaking at: Merging newsrooms, managing drama.

Aron Pilhofer
Aron Pilhofer is editor of Interactive News Technology at The New York Times, overseeing a news-focused team of journalist/developers who build dynamic, data-driven applications to enhance the Times' reporting online. He joined the Times in 2005 as a projects editor on the paper's newly expanded computer-assisted reporting team, where he specialized in stories related to money, politics and influence for the politics desk and Washington bureau. Before joining the Times, Pilhofer was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, where he began an ongoing project in 2002 to track a new form of political non-profit organization, so-called 527 groups. The Center's reporting was among the first to highlight the gaping hole in federal campaign finance regulations, which allows these groups to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into elections nationwide. Speaking at: Dynamic Websites for Newsrooms: A Ruby on Rails Workshop with IRE (Thursday daylong workshop) and New York Times: Election guide.

Barbara K. Iverson
Barbara K. Iverson, PhD., is on the journalism faculty at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches blogging, citizen journalism, digital technology and online media. Iverson came to journalism from the Internet and electronic communications, not from the newsroom. She believes that trustworthy, transparent, information is essential to community-building and democracy. Iverson puts theory into practice as site administrator and publisher of the community/citizen journalism website, Chicagotalks.org. Iverson is the organizer of Chicago Blogger Meetups, a blogging consultant, an occasional contributor to Poynter's E-Media Tidbits, vice president for technology for the Association of Women Journalists and belongs to the Media Bloggers Association and the Online News Association. Iverson is on sabbatical from 2008-2009, reflecting, writing, and speaking about social networking and journalism and citizen journalism. Speaking at: The A-plus blog.

Bill Dedman
Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Dedman is a reporter for msnbc.com, where he has written about uninspected bridges, problems with firefighter safety equipment, Hillary Clinton's hidden thesis at Wellesley College, treatment of detainees at Guantanamo, school shootings and journalists making campaign contributions. Dedman received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for "The Color of Money," articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders. He got his start in journalism at 16 as a copy boy at The Chattanooga Times. He has written for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was the first director of computer-assisted reporting for The Associated Press. Dedman has taught investigative reporting at the University of Maryland, Northwestern University and Boston University, and created the Power Reporting site of research tools for journalists, now a service of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Speaking at: msnbc.com's Bridge Tracker

Bob Benz
Bob Benz is a partner in Maroon Ventures, a professional services firm that connects emerging business opportunities with media companies. Before joining Maroon Ventures, Benz served as vice president of interactive media for Scripps newspapers. Benz had worked at Scripps in various capacities since 1985. The highlight of his journalism career came in 1994, when he was an editor on "The Plutonium Experiment," which earned a Pulitzer Prize for reporter Eileen Welsome and The Albuquerque Tribune. In 1995, he helped launch the Rocky Mountain News Online. It was all Internet from there. His team in Knoxville helped Scripps sites win numerous online awards, and he led Scripps' newspaper sites to profitability in 2002. Benz holds a bachelor's degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and an master's from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife live in Knoxville with four dogs and an angry cockatoo. Speaking at: Optimize and monetize

Brad Heath
Brad Heath specializes in data-driven enterprise reporting for USA TODAY, covering a range of subjects from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to aviation safety. Before joining USA TODAY, Heath was an enterprise writer for The Detroit News and was the investigative reporter for The Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y. Speaking at: Make your own interactive map.

Bud Ward
Bud Ward is editor of The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media. He started in environmental journalism in 1974 and in 1982 founded The Environmental Forum magazine. In 1988, Ward launched Environment Writer, a newsletter for journalists covering environmental issues. A co-founder of the Society of Environmental Journalists and founder of the Central European Environmental Journalism Program, Ward has written two books and more than 1,000 articles on environmental issues. He twice served as a frequent environmental commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." He now is advisory editor for the Oxford University Second Edition of Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather and an advisor for the United Nations Human Development Report, Climate Change and Human Development. Ward is also the prize administrator for the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, which, at $75,000, is the richest prize in journalism. Speaking at: Beyond Green.

Chris Harvey
Chris Harvey has committed nearly three decades to journalism: as an online editor, a magazine managing editor, a newspaper reporter and a journalism teacher. She has been immersed in new media since 1996, when she was recruited to work as a part-time editor at washingtonpost.com. Harvey returned to the site a year later as acting editor and then associate editor of washingtonpost.com's Metro section. Since August, 2000, she has helped the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism build its new-media curriculum. She created and edits the college's online newsmagazine, Maryland Newsline, which is staffed by students and has received numerous national and regional awards. Harvey has worked as managing editor of American Journalism Review, director of the College of Journalism's Washington and Annapolis bureaus, congressional and Maryland statehouse reporter for The Washington Times, and as a government reporter for The Prince George's Journal. Speaking at: Integrating Web journalism into college curriculum.

Chris Krewson
Chris Krewson is the executive editor for online news at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He oversees The Inquirer's work on philly.com -- from videos to blogs to data reports and more. Krewson also maintains The Inquirer's Twitter and Facebook pages, to the consternation of the old guard but the delight of the newspaper's top editors. He's married with two small kids and lives outside Philadelphia. Speaking at: Merging newsrooms, managing drama.

Chris Tolles
Chris Tolles came to Topix from Spoke Software, a business social networking company, where he was a co-founder and vice president of marketing. Before Spoke, Tolles was a director of marketing at AOL/Netscape for AOL Music, Netscape Search and Directory Products. Tolles was a co-founder and vice president of Marketing at NewHoo, and led the sale of the company to Netscape. After the acquisition, NewHoo was relaunched as the Open Directory Project at Netscape and became the world's largest human edited directory of the Web, and is still used by companies like Google, Alexa and AOL. Before co-founding NewHoo, Tolles held a variety of sales, marketing and management positions at Sun Microsystems. Tolles graduated from the University of California at San Diego with degrees in computer science and economics, where he was awarded the Michael J. Addison award for his thesis on the online information industry. Speaking at: Using the Web to generate story ideas.

Christina Pino-Marina
Christina Pino-Marina is a video journalist who has taught online journalism as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and as a guest lecturer at The George Washington University. Formerly of washingtonpost.com, her work has also been featured on CNBC and the MHZ network. From 2004 to 2007, she contributed to the washingtonpost.com's video news coverage, which earned consecutive Edward R. Murrow awards. She has won individual photography and editing awards from the White House News Photographers Association and the National Press Photographers' Association. Her online video documentary about a German-born jazz musician won the RIAS Berlin Kommission's award in the new media category in 2007. Christina wrote for USA TODAY and the El Paso Times before joining washingtonpost.com as a reporter in 2000. She became a part of the Web site's multimedia division in 2003. Speaking at: So you want to teach?

Chrys Wu
Chrys Wu is the journoblogger at Ricochet, where ideas for online news bounce around. She is also the social media subcommittee chairwoman for the 2008 Online News Association conference. Wu's news background includes reporting, editing, production and research for the Los Angeles Times and LATimes.com, National Geographic Traveler, Shape, KCRW and KCRW.org, and WNYC.org. She is currently a national producer tasked with connecting people to content at CBS TV Digital Media Group. When not working on news, she searches out prix fixe dinners, live music, and the ways in which people respond to the worldwide homogenization of culture. Speaking at: Free fact checking online.

Daniel Garza
Daniel Garza, a former White House staffer, is co-producer and host of Agenda Washington, a Spanish language news/interview weekly television program that covers state, economic, political and social issues impacting the U.S. Hispanic community airing on the Univision television network. Garza's served as a former Congressional Staff Assistant for U.S. Congressman Richard "Doc" Hastings before being elected as Councilman for the City of Toppenish, Washington in 1996. Garza was then appointed in 2001 by the Bush Administration to serve as Deputy Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior. In 2004, Garza was appointed as Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison in the White House before moving on to work for Televisa in 2006 as President of HISPANIC and PODER Group. Garza oversaw the editorial, commercial, and promotional aspects of HISPANIC, Hispanic Trends, PODER and Tu Dinero magazines. Speaking at: Digital media in Spain and Europe.

David Braun
David Braun is the editor-in-chief of National Geographic News, which he founded as the online daily news service of the National Geographic Society seven years ago. Today it is the most popular section of the Society's site. Before launching the National Geographic news service, the South-African-born Braun was an editor in the Society's communications office. Before that he was the Washington correspondent for CMP Media's TechWeb and a financial desk editor for UPI. Braun was with Independent Newspapers in South Africa for 14 years. Positions with that publisher included chief political correspondent for the Johannesburg Star and Washington bureau chief for the group of 13 newspapers. Braun has a bachelor's in political science and international politics and a post-graduate degree in marketing management from the University of South Africa. Speaking at: National Geographic: Web design.

Deryck Hodge
Deryck Hodge is a senior programmer at the Las Vegas Sun. Before joining the Sun, Deryck worked at the Washington Post, where he participated in the Facebook platform launch, building the Post's initial Facebook applications. Deryck has also written about and taught classes on Google's Web applications and open source code offerings as well as general Web mashups. He lives and works in Alabama. Speaking at: Your first Facebook API.

Donica Mensing
Donica Mensing is an associate professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. She teaches online journalism and media ethics, directs the school's graduate program in interactive environmental journalism and conducts research on the changing nature of journalism, news and community. Mensing and her students have started several Ning sites to experiment with social networking and journalism. She is also working on a New Voices grant from the J-Lab, leading a bilingual citizen journalism project in Kings Beach, California. Mensing holds a doctorate in political science, a master's in journalism and an undergraduate degree in environmental policy. Speaking at: Sharing the research.

Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil has more than 20 years experience in the media business, with more than a decade of that in digital media. He is founder, senior vice president and senior consultant at Teeming Media, a New York-based strategic digital media business and editorial consultancy. As editorial director for mediabistro.com, he created strategies that led to explosive growth in industry blogs, memberships, email newsletters, video and paid content. At mediabistro.com, ABCNews.com and elsewhere, Benkoil led teams that created new content and revenue streams across platforms, attracting and retaining millions of users. Benkoil was a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent for ABC News, Newsweek, and the Associated Press and writes a media column for Jack Myers Media Business Report. He earned his master's of business from Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business and was a Fulbright Fellow in Japan, where he learned Japanese. Benkoil graduateed from Stanford University. Speaking at: The next new metrics.

Doug Mitchell
Doug Mitchell is a 20-year veteran producer and director for National Public Radio. In 1999, Mitchell founded the Next Generation Radio Project. Externally, it is a one-week "boot-camp" performed at member stations and journalism/media conferences. Internally, student interns spend 10-12 weeks producing their own shows. The project is done three times a year and gives competitively selected college students the chance to conceive, report, edit and produce their own stories. This year, next generation radio moved into convergent media. Mitchell was the Senior Project Leader at the UNITY: Journalists of Color student media project, at which more than 160 people produced content for unitynews.org. The program has trained hundreds of college students. Nearly 80 former interns, who at one time participated in the "next gen" program, are working for National Public Radio. More than 45 others are working elsewhere in public radio. Speaking at: Audio post-production and mixing; Catalyze your newsroom!

Eduardo Hauser
Hauser, who formerly held executive positions at AOL, Venevision and the Cisneros Group of Companies, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of DailyMe, a new news service that provides personalized media content from thousands of sources for consumers. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Hauser brings nearly two decades of experience in media and technology to his Board role. He was Executive Vice President of AOL Latin America. He also was Managing Director of the Cisneros Group of Companies and Vice President of News and Information for Cisneros' Venevision, the world's second largest producer of Spanish language programming. Hauser founded DailyMe in 2005. It is a soon-to-launch free news service that combines the top attributes of online newspapers, news portals and traditional print media, and aggregates and customizes content from more than 3200 sources including licensed, syndicated and user-generated outlets. Hauser serves on NPR's Board of Directors, the Journalism Advisory Board of the Knight Foundation and the Board of Visitors of Duke University School of Law. Speaking at: Superpanel.

Ellyn Angelotti
Ellyn Angelotti is the interactivity editor and an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute. Since joining Poynter in 2007, Angelotti has taught and written about innovations in multimedia development, social networking and how news organizations connect with users through interactivity methods, like user commenting. Before joining Poynter, Angelotti guided the development of nontraditional multimedia sports content at the Naples Daily News as the new media sports editor. While attending the University of Kansas, Angelotti worked as a multimedia producer for World Online, the Web department for the Lawrence Journal-World. She holds bachelor's degrees in online-broadcast journalism and Spanish. Speaking at: Mobilize your audience!

Emi Kolawole
Emi Kolawole is a staff writer for FactCheck.org and also hosts FactCheck's weekly online video segment, "Just the Facts." Kolawole earned her bachelor's in international relations and theater studies from Wellesley College and studied abroad at both the Panthéon-Sorbonne and the National Theater Institute. She joined FactCheck.org in November, 2005, after working as a news researcher at Congressional Quarterly on issues of defense, foreign policy, intelligence and homeland security. Previously, she was a production assistant at PBS's "NOW With Bill Moyers." Kolawole is currently pursuing her master's degree in video and film production at American University. Speaking at: Free fact checking online.

Emilio Aliaga
Emilio Aliaga has worked in mass media for the last 15 years. He started covering economics as a Tokio reporter for Notimex, a Mexican news agency. He later worked as a producer for CNN en español in Atlanta. His introduction to digital media came as content general manager of Yupi.com and in Claxson, both pioneering companies in the Internet and cable television. Since 2003, Aliaga has been the Content and New Media Director for Televisa Digital. In that role, Aliaga oversees the online music store Tarabu, the video on demand store, the multimedia player and the television online service, Esmas. Emilio studied computer science in Universidad Anahuac and specialized in International economics at Temple University. Speaking at: Content distribution in emerging markets.

Eric Janssen
Eric Janssen joined what was then referred to as the "New Media Department" of The Commercial Appeal in 2000 when online media really was new. In his role as online director, Janssen is responsible for online revenue and content and serves on the executive management team. The newspaper website, commercialappeal.com, is the most visited local media site in the Mid-South region. Janssen earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and news editorial from the University of Memphis, serves on the Journalism Alumni Board, and participates in the journalism mentorship program. Janssen is married and has three children. Speaking at: Using the Web to generate story ideas.

Erik Schwartz
Erik spent 15 years in Silicon Valley at the bleeding edge of the convergence of entertainment and technology. In the late '80s, he was a developer of interactive videodiscs and CD-ROMs. In the early '90s, he was employee number seven at ICTV, a pioneer in interactive television where he helped deploy early digital video-on-demand systems. In 1997, Schwartz went to Yahoo! Inc. where he created the entertainment group. In that role, he managed the team that built Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! TV, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! Radio and Yahoo! Entertainment When he's not working in technology, Schwartz solo sails across oceans. He has more than 10,000 solo miles under sail. Schwartz also performs on stage in light opera and directs theatrical productions. He lives with his wife and their three daughters in Bath, Maine, where they are restoring a 157-year-old shipbuilding magnate's mansion overlooking the Kennebec River. Speaking at: Mobile platforms.

Esti Gerson
Esti Gerson earned a degree in industrial design from Philadelphia University and has since broadened her skills to include Web and graphic design. Having designed the Marvel Zombie packaging for Hot Topic and a Dr. Seuss-themed event for Johns Hopkins, Gerson has been to the end of the creative world and back! In 2006, Baltimore City Paper named Gerson "best designer," and she won the American Inhouse Design Award in 2008. She now works on package design for license collectibles as a senior designer for a fortune 500 company. Speaking at: Ten Photoshop tricks for the Web.

Ferran Clavell
Ferran Clavell is head of content at CCRTV Interactiva. After 10 years of experience as a journalist on traditional TV broadcasting (Televisión Española, Televisió de Catalunya), in 2001 he jumped to the new media field and joined CCRTV Interactiva. Currently he's leading the content team to create and develop new interactive services (internet, mobile, digital television, IPTV, etc). Speaking at: Digital media in Spain and Europe.

Frank Gruber
Frank Gruber is well-known for his blog, somewhatfrank.com, and for his analysis on Web 2.0, social media and emerging technologies. In May, 2006, he co-founded, with Eric Olson, TECH cocktail, a community-building startup that offers events and community-powered projects to under-served communities. Hosting events in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boulder and Boston, Gruber recently co-hosted the first TECH cocktail conference in Chicago. Gruber is also a principal product manager for AOL in the People Networks group. His past AOL successes include the myAOL personalized startpage. Gruber also developed online product strategies for Apartments.com and Tribune Interactive. Frank has also offered strategic Web and social media consulting services. Growing up in the Chicago area, Gruber received a master's of science in computer information systems from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's of science in computer information systems from Purdue University. Speaking at: Mobile platforms.

Garrett Hubbard
Garrett Hubbard is a video journalist at USA TODAY. All of his projects require video and still photographic components for both the print and online edition of the paper. Hubbard believes that stories revealing truth can change lives. He hopes to communicate God's heart for justice, the brokenhearted and the suffering through a medium that can touch hearts. Hubbard is a visual storyteller because he wants to encourage, challenge, and motivate his viewers into action. Before joining USA TODAY, Hubbard did freelance editorial video storytelling for USA TODAY, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Before moving to Washington, D.C., in 2007, he worked as a staff video journalist and photojournalist at the Naples (Fla.) Daily News. Hubbard received a visual journalism associate's degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, Calif. and his bachelor's in accounting and economics at the University California Santa Barbara. Speaking at: Innovate online video.

Hiram Enriquez
Hiram Enriquez is the programming director for Yahoo! Hispanic Americas, where he oversees the editorial operations of Yahoo! sites in Spanish. In this role, he has broadened the scope of Yahoo! news, information and entertainment sites to offer a greater variety of features and personalized content that is compelling and relevant to its users. Prior to his arrival at Yahoo!, Enriquez was the host and producer of "Zona Digital," a show he created for CNN en Español which focuses on the Internet and personal technology. In addition, Enriquez served as producer and correspondent for the news network's business and finance shows, "Economía y Finanzas" and "En Efectivo." A native of Cuba, Enriquez earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Havana and an M.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia State University. He also attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Speaking at: Content distribution in emerging markets.

Jay Rosen
Jay Rosen has taught journalism at New York University since 1986. From 1999 to 2005, he served as chairman of the department. He lives in New York City. Rosen lunched PressThink, a blog about journalism and its ordeals, in September, 2003. In 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression. Rosen also blogs at the Huffington Post. In July, 2006, he announced the debut of NewAssignment.Net, his experimental site for pro-am, open source reporting projects. The first one was called Assignment Zero, a collaboration with Wired.com. A second project is OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post. A third was introduced in November, 2007: beatblogging.org. Readers are encouraged to "follow along as 13 reporters build social networks into their beats." Rosen is also a member of the Wikipedia Advisory Board and the author of What Are Journalists For? Speaking at: Putting universities to work: Collaboration between industry and academia

Jeffrey Litvack
Jeffrey Litvack is the director global products development for the Associated Press where he is responsible for identifying and assessing new market and product opportunities. Most recently, his new product development team launched the award-winning Mobile News Network, a multimedia service aimed at mobile users who want access to local and national news from trusted news sources -- wherever they are. Previously, Litvack served as the executive director at the Museum of Television & Radio, where he sourced, negotiated, and executed online video partnerships with leading-edge technology companies specializing in digitization, storage, retrieval, and rights management. Litvack holds earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor's of science in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business where he graduated summa cum laude. Speaking at: Mobile platforms.

Jesse Thomas
Jesse Thomas is the chief executive and founder of JESS3 -- a creative interactive agency based in Tysons Corner, Va. JESS3 has been six years in the making, during which time Jesse held a number of creative, interactive and public relations-related posts at Qorvis Communications, Ogilvy PR and AOL. Current clientele includes AARP, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising.com, C-SPAN, SnagFilms, Busboys and Poets, Social Times, TechCocktail, the Heritage Foundation and Blue State Digital. When it comes to branding and social media, Thomas is constantly pushing the limits and exploring new frontiers. Thomas enjoys participating in the industry through partnerships with organizations such as Social Media Club, Barcamp, American Institute of Graphics Arts, Artomatic and Art Directors Club. Rounding out his approach to creativity and balance, Thomas has also held a number of solo and group art shows in China, Cuba, New York, Ohio and Washington, D.C. Speaking at: Put the bling back in your blog.

Jim Stovall
Jim Stovall is the Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor of Journalism at the University of Tennessee. He has been at the University of Tennessee since 2006 and is the originator of the student-operated news Web site, the Tennessee Journalist. Before coming to Tennessee, Stovall was visiting professor at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va., from 2003 to 2006, and was a professor of journalism at the University of Alabama from 1978 to 2003. He is the author of Writing for the Mass Media and Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How, among other texts. Speaking at: Integrating Web journalism into college curriculum.

Jody Surgue
Jody Sugrue is a rogue creative living in Toronto and freelancing in the world of television, print, photography and the Web. She earned her master's in visual communications from Ohio University, and subsequently honed her kills in motion design and graphic story telling for MSNBC, NBC, MediaStorm, Showtime, Smithsonian and several leading design companies. Her work in photography and motion design has garnered multiple industry awards. Surgue dreams of a world with better graphics packaging, typography and design for online stories. Speaking at: Creating good runners and graphics for Web video.

Joe Apprendi
Joe Apprendi has more than 11 years of executive management experience as the visionary behind Collective Media. An online marketing pioneer, Apprendi's strategic insight from the media operations, ad technology and sales/marketing arena are the driving force behind what makes Collective unique. Apprendi was the chief executive officer of Falk North America, leading sales and operations for its top ad-serving platform, Falk AdSolution. At Eyeblaster, Apprendi was executive vice president responsible for global sales and marketing. Under his leadership, Eyeblaster became the number one rich media technology provider as measured by Nielsen NetRatings AdRelevance. At 24/7 Media, Apprendi was senior vice president for North American sales operations, including 24/7 Mail, 24/7 Network, and 24/7 Media Canada. He set and managed sales operating budgets for multiple product lines including online media, e-mail, promotions, loyalty programs and wireless advertising. Speaking at: Optimize and monetize.

Jon Gibs
Jon Gibs is vice president, media analytics for Nielsen Online. He specializes in research methodology design and development using their wide array of media measurement and market research products. Gibs previously managed the U.S.-based survey group for Nielsen Online. Using its suite of MegaPanel products, Gibs has in-depth experience helping clients develop surveys and methodologies. Before joining Nielsen Online, Gibs was an analyst and analytics director at Jupiter Research. During his time there, he developed numerous client reports based on primary survey analysis. He specialized in developing analyses merging behavioral and survey analysis to develop further insight into a wide array of online consumer markets. Gibs received a master's degree in geography, specializing in spatial statistics, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His bachelor's degree in geography is from Clark University. Speaking at: The next new metrics.

Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas is a reporter for the Washington Post, where he covers the convergence of politics and the Internet. Previously, he wrote about video game culture and HIV/AIDS in Washington, and won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team that covered the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. He's also written for the Philadelphia Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle and New York magazine. Speaking at: Using the Web to generate story ideas.

Josh Williams
Josh Williams is the new media projects editor for the Greenspun Media Group. He manages the production-oriented new media journalists for the company's traditionally print publications, including: the daily Las Vegas Sun; Las Vegas Weekly, an edgy alternative magazine; the weekly In Business Las Vegas newspaper; Las Vegas Life magazine and eight weekly community newspapers. Williams holds an undergraduate degree in multimedia journalism from the University of North Carolina and a graduate degree in interactive journalism from American University. Before the Greenspun Media Group, he was a Web developer for several Washington, D.C.-based companies and spent almost four years developing multimedia exhibits for the Smithsonian Institution. Speaking at: Las Vegas Sun: Site redesign.

Ju-Don Marshall Roberts
Ju-Don Marshall Roberts is managing editor of washingtonpost.com, where she oversees the 24/7 newsdesk, live discussion programming, news video, and education, religion, regional and hyper-local coverage. Roberts sits on the board of the Online News Association. In 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship, which allowed her to spend a year studying at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Prior to joining the washingtonpost.com in 1999, Roberts worked as a copy editor and freelance writer for The Washington Post. She also was a copy editor at the Washington Times and the Charlotte Observer, where she also wrote reviews for the books section. Roberts graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She lives in Woodbridge, Va., with her family.

Kate Sheppard
Kate Sheppard was born and raised on a vegetable farm in southern New Jersey and started her journalism career at the Bridgeton News where she wrote about farms, fires and tent revivals. In college, she ventured into the magazine world as editor of the award-winning campus indie-rag, Buzzsaw Haircut. After college, she moved to Seattle to figure out online journalism with Grist. After a move to Washington, D.C., and a stint at The American Prospect, she rejoined Grist in May, 2008, to serve as its D.C.-based political reporter. She covered politics, the environment, labor and racial and socioeconomic justice both online and off for In These Times, The Guardian, Alternet, Bitch, WireTap, the Center for Public Integrity and MSN. When she's not muckraking, Sheppard is cooking up a movement to gain access to the Hill for non-profit journalism outfits. Speaking at: Beyond Green.

Katy Newton
Katy Newton is an award-winning multimedia producer currently working as a video journalist for the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the Times, Katy co-founded the multimedia production company 49th Parallel Productions and produced multimedia stories for the Oakland Tribune newspaper and Web site. Katy oversaw the story development process throughout 49th parallel production's projects, and assisted in layout and design. Her work was honored by National Press Photographers Association for best multimedia package (small-market) in 2005 and 200. Katy's final project for the Oakland Tribune, Not Just a Number, was a violence-prevention community journalism project. It was awarded the National Press Photographer's best multimedia package, the Online News Association's service journalism award (small-sites) and the Knight Foundation's Knight public service award at the 2007 Online Journalism Awards in Toronto. Speaking at: Making crime pay.

Ken Doctor
Ken Doctor covers the transformation of the news media as it moves into the digital age, focusing on changing business models and the journalism created. As a news industry analyst for Outsell, a worldwide syndicated research and advisory firm that covers the information industry, Doctor tracks that trends that shape modern news media. In his work, he connects the rough edges of old and newer media. He believes that the sprouts of the emerging journalism we see today will become mainstream in the next decade. A veteran of the digital news industry, Doctor combines deep experience as an executive in news strategy, revenue models and journalism. His experience includes 21 years with Knight Ridder, as well as time spent working with magazines, alternative journalism and syndication. Speaking at: Optimize and monetize.

Kristen Kurland
Kristen Kurland holds a joint faculty appointment at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and School of Architecture. Her focus includes technologies in the fields of building information modeling, computer-aided design, computer-aided facilities management, and geographical information systems. Kurland's research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations in urban design, community participation and decision-making, health and the built environment. Her work on the complex relationships between childhood obesity and the built environment has been nationally showcased. Kurland is also the co-author of the GIS Tutorial and GIS Tutorial for Health workbooks. Speaking at: Using the Web to cover healthcare.

Laura Cochran
Laura Cochran is a senior Web producer at washingtonpost.com in Arlington, Va. She leads the cross-departmental coverage of the Virginia, Maryland and D.C. elections. This includes working closely with the local political and government editors to find creative ways to engage online readers and encourage reader participation during election cycles and legislative sessions, as well as in county and town-level civic issues. Cochran is a native of the D.C. area and received her undergraduate degree in journalism from James Madison University. After graduation, she spent a couple of years in Memphis getting her master's degree in journalism administration. That's where she got her first start in online journalism at The Commercial Appeal. When she's not at work, she's doing anything that involves being outside. She loves running, road trips and a long day at the beach. Speaking at: Making crime pay.

Laura McGann
Laura McGann is the managing editor of The Washington Independent. She is a former reporter-blogger at Talking Points Memo, where she covered a variety of stories including the scandal-ridden Alaska Congressional delegation. She has also worked for the Dow Jones newswires, where her bankruptcy reporting was picked up by The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press. Speaking at: The Washington Independent: Cutting-edge online coverage.

Laura Ruel
Laura Ruel teaches visual communication and multimedia journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC in 2004, she was inaugural director of the Estlow Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. Ruel coordinates the Society for News Design's Best of Multimedia Design competition and was the project leader for the Poynter Institute's Eyetrack III research. She is also the co-founder of DiSEL, the Digital Storytelling Effects Lab, with Nora Paul. Before joining the academic world, Ruel worked for more than 15 years at a number of publications including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Omaha World-Herald and the Rocky Mountain News. Speaking at: DiSEL research: Everyday usability and design decisions.

Lauren Rich Fine
Lauren Rich Fine, CFA, is a Practitioner in Residence at Kent State University's College of Communication and Information. Until recently she was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch in Equity Research. She joined the department in 1988 and covered the publishing, information, advertising and online industries. She was a ranked member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team since 1994. Lauren has an MBA from the Stern School of Management (NYU) and a BA in Psychology/Economics from Tufts University. Ms. Fine has five teenage children/step children. Lauren is on the Boards of the Brand Muscle, Cleveland Film Society, the Cleveland Jewish News, the Chautauqua Foundation, In Counsel with Women, Laurel School, and Urban Community School, a not-for-profit school for low income families in Cleveland. She is on the Advisory Boards of Dix & Eaton, a public relations firm in Cleveland, and the Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg. Speaking at: Superpanel.

Lee Banville
Lee Banville joined the Online NewsHour, the companion site to the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, as one of the three editors in October, 1995. Lee served as the creator and manager of special projects including seven national election cycles, the Iraq war and its aftermath, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th, and the impeachment of President Clinton. In August, 1997, Lee was named the managing editor of the Online NewsHour and took over complete operations in October of 1998. Lee has overseen a steady expansion of the Web team, building it from three to 20, working on breaking news, science and technology coverage, arts programming and educational outreach.. Before joining the NewsHour, Lee worked at the public relations firm of Fleishman-Hillard and as a reporter for the (Norfolk, Va.) Virginian-Pilot. Lee is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and lives in Washington, D.C. Speaking at: Merging newsrooms, managing drama.

Leonard Brody
Leonard Brody is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and best-selling author. He has helped raise millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs, and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of five companies - so far. At Onvia, where he was part of the initial executive team, the company was voted Canada's number one startup in 2000 and subsequently closed a $240 million initial public offering on NASDAQ. The co-founder and chief executive of NowPublic, a pioneer in citizen-generated news, Brody has helped the company become one of the largest news agencies in the world with more than 130,000 contributing reporters in 140 countries and 4,500 cities. Brody holds an honours bachelor of arts from Queens University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall and is a graduate of the Private Equity Course at the Harvard Business School. Speaking at: Mobilize your audience!

Leslie Bradshaw
Leslie Bradshaw works with New Media Strategies on its Public Affairs team, where she contributes as an innovator and community thinker. Before joining New Media Strategies, Bradshaw held such exotic posts as director of new media and senior producer for the McLaughlin Group, and online IP assistant for a Washington, D.C., law firm. During those years, she learned more about Russian politics and illegal meta-tagging than she cares to share. Bradshaw graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago where she studied how and why people make decisions. With her background in social sciences, Bradshaw is driven to understand the social, cultural and philosophic phenomena that play out everyday on the Web. She especially likes micro-communicating and participating in online communities. And, in her spare time, Leslie serves as the president of a creative agency, JESS3.com. Speaking at: Using Twitter to live-blog.

Leslie Walker
Leslie Walker is the Knight visiting professor in digital innovation at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She previously covered the Internet and new media business models for The Washington Post, where she worked as a columnist, reporter and editor for 16 years. In the 1990s, she served as washingtonpost.com's editor and vice president for news. She also is the author of a best-selling book, Sudden Fury, which was made into a television movie in 1993. Speaking at: The A-plus blog.

Leslie-Jean Thornton
Leslie-Jean Thornton, an assistant professor at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Phoenix, was an editor in New York, Connecticut and Virginia before completing a Freedom Forum Ph.D. fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Thornton teaches multimedia/online journalism and editing and researches current and evolving practices in the profession and industry. Speaking at: Sharing the research.

Lou Rutigliano
Lou Rutigliano is an assistant professor at DePaul University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in network journalism. He received his PhD. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught a similar course for several semesters while completing his dissertation on the relationship between online citizen journalism and marginalized communities. Speaking at: The A-plus blog.

Lydia Aguirre
Lydia Aguirre is editor in chief of ELPAíS.COM, the online edition of the leading Spanish newspaper 'El País, devoted to offering the best quality journalism online, with a leading position worldwide in terms of 'citizen journalism.' Aguirre has more than 20 years of experience as a reporter and editor specializing in business and international news. Previous positions include communications director of PRISA, the largest Spanish media group, and co-editor in chief of the Spanish financial Newspaper Cinco Días. Speaking at: Digital media in Spain and Europe.


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