ONA09 Speakers

ONA09 Keynote Speakers

Leo Laporte Leo Laporte, Technology Journalist
Laporte hosts and produces some of the most popular podcasts in the world, including This Week in Tech, Security Now!, net@nite, The Daily Giz Wiz, Windows Weekly, MacBreak Weekly, Jumping Monkeys, and Munchcast under the TWiT banner. He currently hosts “Leo Laporte, the Tech Guy,” a national radio technology talk show, every Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. (ET) on the Premiere Radio Networks, which include XM Channel 158. He also appears regularly on television and radio programs, including “Live with Regis and Kelly.” In May 2008, Laporte launched a live streaming video version of TWiT called TWiT Live, which features 25 hours of original programming each week. More than 2.6 million people watched TWiT Live in its first month. Laporte began his career in radio broadcasting, but went on to write everything from computer software to books. “Leo Laporte’s 2003 Technology Almanac” was Pearson Publishing’s Book of the Year in 2003. His television career includes “Internet!,” a weekly half-hour show on PBS, and “The Site,” an hour-long technology newsmagazine for which he won an Emmy in 1997.
Lisa Stone Lisa Stone, CEO/Co-Founder, Blogher
Stone is the CEO and co-founder of Blogher, an online community for women. Begun as a labor of love in 2005 as a conference for women bloggers, Blogher is now the No. 1 community of blogs by women, reaching more than 14 million women each month via annual conferences, a Web hub, and a publishing network of more than 2,700 blog affiliates. The former VP of Programming and Editor-in-Chief of Women.com, Stone has launched blog networks and interactive programming for Hearst, Rodale Magazines, Knight-Ridder Digital and Glam media. She is the first internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University.
Evan Williams Evan Williams, CEO/Co-Founder, Twitter
Williams is the CEO and co-founder of Twitter, a social network where users answer the question, “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less. Begun as a side project less than three years ago, Twitter now reaches an estimated 5 million users and is ranked as a top social site. It is also being adopted as a reporting tool, with users filing everywhere from the Mumbai bombings to the Academy Awards’ red carpet. Williams also co-founded Blogger, a service for creating and managing blogs, and is credited with inventing the term “blogger.”

ONA09 Panelists/Instructors

Bill Allison Bill Allison, Editorial Director, Sunlight Foundation
Bill Allison joined the Sunlight Foundation in March 2006, leading the investigation of the connection between Dennis Hastert’s profitable land deals and a highway earmark sponsored by the then-House Speaker. He began Sunlight’s distributed research projects, runs the Real Time Investigations blog and has trained hundreds of journalists on Sunlight-supported tools. A veteran investigative journalist and editor for nonprofit media, Allison worked for the Center for Public Integrity for nine years, where he co-authored “The Cheating of America” with Charles Lewis. He was also senior editor of “The Buying of the President 2000” and co-editor of The New York Times bestseller “The Buying of the President 2004.” Before joining the center, Allison spent eight years with The Philadelphia Inquirer – the last two as researcher for Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele.
Session: It’s Data-Hunting Time
Raquel Almeida, Digital Business Manager, O Globo
Raquel Almeida leads the Digital Business team at Infoglobo, focused on mobile content and apps, search, SEO, next generation editorial tools, distribution channels and social media integration. A former editor and reporter for newspaper and magazine financial sections, she also keeps a close eye on new business models for the online operations. Prior to joining this digital business management, she was the executive editor at O Globo website from 2004 until 2008. In 2006, Raquel was one of the leaders in charge of the product redesign and 2.0 concepts implementation as well as the interactivity tools, the multimedia production and the citizen journalism products.
Session: The State of Global Innovation
Chris Barr Chris Barr, Senior Editorial Director, Yahoo!
Chris Barr leads the team that sets, teaches, and upholds Yahoo!’s editorial standards and practices. His group produces the Yahoo! editorial style guide that provides writing and editing guidance for creating high-quality Web content. Previously available only within Yahoo!, this style guide is being expanded for a broad global audience, and will be published worldwide in 2010. Prior to Yahoo!, Chris was the founding editor-in-chief of CNET, where he established the editorial vision and mission, built the senior editorial teams, and developed some of the first Internet editorial and privacy policies.
Session: Yep, Text Still Matters
Josh Belzman Josh Belzman, Senior Editor, MSNBC.com
At MSNBC.com, Josh Belzman is focused on content distribution, next-generation editorial tools and social media integration. A former newspaper reporter and city hall staffer, Josh has worked as a writer, editor and homepage producer since joining MSNBC.com in 2004. Today he helps lead MSNBC.com’s efforts to empower editors and integrate social networking into the site’s coverage of breaking news and special projects. You can follow his mostly harmless tweets @belzy.
Session: Give Your Content Love Handles
Sybril Bennett Sybril Bennett, Associate Professor, Belmont University
Dr. Sybril Bennett is a Harvard-trained, Vanderbilt-educated, two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist. She is currently an Associate Professor at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Over the past 20 years, she’s worked at CBS in Chicago, ABC in Milwaukee and, most recently, at CBS in Nashville as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. She’s been immersed in the online world, attending seminars at the Poynter Institute, Ifra Newsplex, American Press Institute and more. She helped coordinate Blog Nashville in 2005. She also organized the Multimedia Institute for the National Association of Black Journalists. Dr. Bennett teaches courses including The Online Practicum and The Business of News. She is an avid speaker, presenter, consultant and facilitator. Past clients include: The Nashville Chamber of Commerce, The Center for Non-Profit Managment and Journal Communications, Inc. She can also be found at The Multimedia Maven.
Session: Social Media Mania
Paul Berry Paul Berry, Chief Technology Officer, The Huffington Post
Prior to joining The Huffington Post, Berry was the CTO for Avaaz.org, a sister company to MoveOn.org, which developed a huge international membership in a short time. Berry was CTO of CharterMac, a public real estate finance company that was at its peak market cap of 4 billion. Berry is a graduate of NYU’s ITP program and originally built Bplans.com and the Palo Alto Software e-commerce platform. Probably most importantly, Berry was a co-founder of TheDogIsland.com.
Session: Your Audience, Your Advantage
Krishna Bharat Krishna Bharat, Distinguished Researcher, Google Inc.
Bharat is a Distinguished Researcher at Google Inc., Mountain View, Calif., and leads a team developing Google’s news product. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1996. Before joining Google in 1999, he was a member of the research staff at DEC Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, CA. Krishna is thae creator of Google News, which won the 2003 Webby Award in the news category. Also, he received the 2003 World Technology Award for Media & Journalism. In 2004 he founded Google’s R&D operations in India and served as the center’s first director until 2006.
Session: Outwit the Algorithms
James Breiner James Breiner, Director, Center for Digital Journalism, University of Guadalajara
Breiner is the director of the Center for Digital Journalism in Guadalajara, Mexico, a joint project of the International Center for Journalists and the University of Guadalajara. As a Knight International Journalism Fellow, Breiner launched the Center in July of 2008, and in its first year the center has conducted online and in-person training for hundreds of Latin American journalists. Breiner was a business journalist for 19 of his 32 years in the news business, first as editora of a weekly in Columbus, Ohio, and then as president and publisher of the weekly Baltimore Business Journal, which had a 30-person staff and readership of 65,000 in Baltimore, Md. He left the newspaper in 2006 to accept a Knight Fellowship in Bolivia, where for nine months he trained editors on newsroom leadership and lectured at universities on a variety of journalism topics.
Session: The State of Global Innovation
Mark Briggs Mark Briggs, CEO and co-founder, Serra Media
Mark Briggs is an author and entrepreneur. As CEO and co-founder of Serra Media, a Seattle-based technology company, he connects local publishers with interactive applications and digital platforms that power online innovations. As the author of “Journalism 2.0: How to survive and thrive in the digital age,” he helps students and professional do better journalism with technology. The book was published by J-Lab and the Knight Citizen News Network in 2007. His new book, “Journalism Next,” will be published by CQPress in the Fall. Previously, Briggs was AME for Interactive News at The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. (2004-08) and New Media Director at The Herald in Everett, Wash. (2000-04). He earned journalism degrees from Gonzaga University and the University of North Carolina. He lives in Tacoma with his wife, Lori, son Samuel (9) and daughter Ellie (6). When he’s offline, he enjoys hiking, skiing, wake-boarding, mountain biking and coaching youth sports. Briggs blogs at www.journalism20.com.
Session: From Journalist to Entrepreneur
Eric Brown Eric Brown, Planning Editor, Yahoo!
As the Planning Editor for Yahoo!’s front page, Brown manages editorial analytics, plans coverage schedules, and keeps a close eye on user engagement trends. Previously, he was a Front Page editor with Yahoo! (2006-08), an editor with FOXSports.com (1999-2003), and a Sports Editor with Student.Net Publishing (1997-1999). In 2008 he won a Yahoo! Superstar Award as part of the Front Page content-optimization team. He received a Masters of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business (NYU) in 2005 and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1997.
Session: Your Audience, Your Advantage
Hilary Buckley Hilary Buckley, Sonoma Index-Tribune
From content management and site production to reporting and video editing, Buckley has been involved in many layers of online journalism, most recently with the Sonoma Index-Tribune. From Oscar coverage to meeting the Jonas Brothers, she’s worked to make her content come to life online. Previously, Buckley was an Online Entertainment producer for Seattletimes.com , where she worked to expand and innovate the entertainment sections. Buckley graduated with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from Seattle University. Ready for some sunnier weather, she recently relocated to Phoenix to pursue her newest passion: law and the Internet.
Session: Enterprising with Twitter
Lee Byron Lee Byron, Designer, Facebook
Lee Byron is an interactive information designer at Facebook. He produces software to engage and tell stories using rich information, including navigating messages over time in Outlook for Microsoft, live visualization of social networks for Eyebeam, enabling social visualization with IBM Research, and telling the history of the Olympics with The New York Times. At Facebook, Byron works with a diverse group of data scientists, psychologists, statisticians, designers, engineers and marketers. He designs and develops software to better navigate, manage and understand information in a social context.
Session: Design Solutions from News Experts
ona09_speaker_cagle_kurt_web Kurt Cagle, Senior Editor, MetaphoricalWeb.org
Kurt Cagle is Senior Editor for MetaphoricalWeb.org, a site devoted to sustainability, future trends, alternative energy and social media. He is also managing editor for XMLToday.org, a news/technical site focusing on XML and distributed services related issues. Cagle is currently working on a book on Open Data for O’Reilly Media, where he has served as editor for both O’Reilly’s broadcast services and xml.com. In addition, he was a representative to the W3C, and has consulted on distributed services, social media and cloud computing to companies including Microsoft, Boeing, AOL and others. Follow him on Twitter at @kurt_cagle.
Session: Can the Semantic Web Really Save Your Site?
Tiffany Campbell Tiffany Campbell, Producer for Enterprise, seattletimes.com
Tiffany Campbell is a producer for enterprise at seattletimes.com. Lately, she’s been developing Web video and a growing multimedia team, while heading up special projects, interactives and enterprise development for seattletimes.com. Campbell began her journalism career at CNN. She held several positions during her years there, including video journalist and broadcast writer. She switched to Web journalism in late 2004 when she relocated back to the Pacific Northwest to work for the Seattle Times.
In addition to her journalism career, Campbell teaches at the university level and at regional and national journalism conferences. She lives with her husband, Curt Woodward of the Associated Press, in Tacoma, Wash.
Session: From Flip to Web Via iMovie
Dana Chinn Dana Chinn, Lecturer, USC Annenberg School for Communication
Dana Chinn is a full-time faculty member at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. She directs the Convergence Core Curriculum, where students learn how to report in print, broadcast and online. Building on her consulting in audience research, Chinn is currently researching how news organizations are using web analytics to build audiences. See her blog, News Numbers, at http://www.newsnumbers.com. Her work experience includes management positions in online planning and operations, strategic planning, marketing and finance at Gannett and the Los Angeles Times. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Session: Finding Meaning in the Metrics
Aleksandra Chojnacka Aleksandra Chojnacka, CityCircles
Aleksandra Chojnacka helped launch the Knight News Challenge project CityCircles, a collaborative platform where users and journalists work together to create and share information around each light-rail stop in Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix, Ariz. Chojnacka received her MBA specializing in strategic marketing from Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business. Prior to obtaining her MBA, Choinacka worked as an account manager for a digital marketing firm, Acxiom Digital, where she managed email marketing campaigns, online customer acquisitions and various online marketing efforts.
Session: You Invent It, They Fund It
Sara Clarke Sara Clarke, Deputy Editor, U.S. News & World Report
As Deputy Editor for Education, Clarke’s main focus is managing the online production of the U.S. News & World Report’s key education franchises: America’s Best Colleges, America’s Best Graduate Schools, and America’s Best High Schools. Bridging the occasionally large divide between her editorial and data colleagues, she helps get the data projects online and ensures they are friendly–both for users and SEO. Clarke has a journalism degree from the University of Maryland, where she took the J-school’s first-ever class on writing and editing for the Web. It whetted her appetite for online news and data presentation, so she has since worked as a copy editor, Web producer and editor at washingtonpost.com, seattletimes.com and usnews.com.
Session: How to Handle Text and Spreadsheets
Chris Clonts, Senior Editor, Online, St. Paul Pioneer Press, TwinCities.com
Chris Clonts is senior editor for online at the St. Paul Pioneer Press | TwinCities.com and believes in the future of what he calls the information delivery business. He recently worked as part of a Media News Group task force to select an enterprise-wide CMS and continues to work as part of an implementation task force. He considers it his mission to ensure the needs of the newsroom user and the end user are always part of the discussion. Clonts previously worked primarily as an editor and designer at papers, including the Detroit Free Press and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and has won awards from the Society for News Design, the Society of Professional Journalists and Landmark, Inc. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in St. Louis Park, Minn.
Session: How to Stop Worrying and Love Your CMS
Lawrence Coburn Lawrence Coburn, CEO, RateItAll.com
Lawrence Coburn is the founder and CEO of RateItAll (www.rateitall.com), the fun and social way to find and share opinions about any topic. He is a frequent public speaker on the topics of User Generated Content, Widgets, and Social Media Distribution. Coburn lives in San Francisco and, in his spare time, writes about Web distribution strategy on his blog “Sexy Widget” (www.sexywidget.com). You can follow Lawrence on Twitter here: (twitter.com/lawrencecoburn).
Session: Give Your Content Love ‘Handles’
David Cohn David Cohn, Director and Founder, Spot.us
David Cohn is the director and founder of Spot.us, a 2008 Knight News Challenge winner that provides a way to pay for local investigative reporting by soliciting financial support from the public. Spot.us attempts to ensure that journalism remains a strong and vital part of our local democracies as a participatory process, not just a product. Cohn has been working in the citizen journalism movement since 2005 on projects like NewAssignment.Net, Assignment Zero, Beat Blogging, and Off The Bus. He also co-organized the first and second Networked Journalism Summit.
Session: 6 in 60
Gradiva Couzin Gradiva Couzin, Founding Partner, Gravity Search Marketing
Couzin is the co-author of the popular and critically acclaimed book, “Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day” (Wiley, 2006, 2008). She is a founding partner at Gravity Search Marketing LLC, a full service SEO consulting firm located in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Couzin has been working in search marketing since its early days in the 1990s. With an education in physics, a background as a civil engineer, and experience in Website and database development, Couzin enjoys the technical side of SEO and loves to facilitate communication between “techies” and “non-techies.” She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two small children.
Session: Outwitting the Algorithms
Steve Dorsey Steve Dorsey, Deputy Managing Editor, Detroit Free Press
Dorsey is the DME for Presentation and Innovation at the Detroit Free Press. He’s also the Treasurer/Secretary of the Society for News Design (SND), and a design consultant. He’s been involved in user-centered information design research for many years, as well as the recent www.revenuetwopointzero.com efforts. He’s a speaker at conferences and workshops internationally, a visiting professor at Syracuse University, a recurring visiting faculty member at The Poynter Institute, and a frequent speaker and coach at newsrooms. Before joining the Free Press, Dorsey worked at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, the York (Pa.) Daily Record, The Syracuse (N.Y.) Newspapers and the Norwich (N.Y.) Evening Sun. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Poynter Institute’s Visual Apprenticeship program. Dorsey is a news and culture junkie. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing golf, poker and Xbox – although any success is purely accidental.
Session: Your Audience, Your Advantage
Amy Eisman Amy Eisman, Journalist/Educator, American University
A media veteran and Web trainer, Amy Eisman is Director of Writing Programs and Director of the weekend Interactive Journalism program in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She teaches reporting, writing for convergent media and created an online course exploring the influence of business, technology and audience on journalism. Eisman has taught Web-writing workshops at washingtonpost.com, The Washington Post, Freedom Forum, The Voice of America, The World Resources Institute, wtopnews.com, NOAA, The Maynard Institute, The Society of American Travel Writers and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague and Moscow. Eisman was an editor with Gannett for 17 years, starting as a cover story editor at USA TODAY. She moved to USA WEEKEND magazine, where she became Executive Editor. Eisman was also a Managing Editor at AOL and was a Fulbright lecturer on new media in Moscow. She co-authored several unique online training modules for Gannett’s news employees nationwide, focused on breaking news online, interactivity and database journalism. She also co-authored a training module for the Knight Citizen News Network on tools for citizen journalists.
Session: Moderator, Yep, Text Still Matters
Andrew Fitzgerald Andrew Fitzgerald, Online Producer, Current TV
Andrew Fitzgerald oversees Current’s online news efforts, including daily editorial curation and news video production. He joined Current in August of 2005, quickly making his mark producing its award-winning Hurricane Katrina coverage. In 2007 Fitzgerald launched Collective Journalism, Current’s citizen journalism program, which invites contributors to submit documentary elements and personal stories to collaborative reports and group investigations on the issues that shape the world. Prior to Current, Fitzgerald worked for Channel One News, where he co-produced its first user-generated project on the 2004 elections. He is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television Production where he studied alternative forms of documentary filmmaking.
Session: Video Free-for-All
Steve Fox Steve Fox, Journalism Instructor, University of Massachusetts
Steve Fox has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum since joining the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2007. Fox has developed several additional courses modeled after his Multimedia Journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams, in a newsroom-like environment, creating news packages using blogs, social networking sites, video, audio and photos to tell stories. He also directs amherstwire.com, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Fox has more than 20 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at washingtonpost.com. He began teaching at the University of Maryland in 1998 and has spoken at a number of conferences on issues including Web journalism, blogging, ethics and political coverage. Fox collaborated with Mark Briggs and Jan Shaffer in producing “Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive — A Digital Literacy Guide for The Information Age.”
Session: From Journalist to Entrepreneur
Gunnar Garfors Gunnar Garfors, CEO, Norwegian Mobile TV Corporation
Gunnar Garfors is CEO of Norwegian Mobile TV Corporation (NMTV) and President of International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG) which promotes digital multimedia broadcasting worldwide and works to establish one big market for various DMB terminals. NMTV launched 6 TV channels via DMB as MiniTV in Norway in May 2009. Garfors is also Vice President of the Mobile Expert Group of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and he consults for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), which he has helped achieve a leading position in the mobile world through live TV, personalized advertising and advanced interactivity. He holds a Master of Management Degree from the Norwegian School of Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Falmouth College of Arts (U.K.).
Session: Journalism for – and from – the Mobile Generation
Jesse James Garrett, President, Adaptive Path
Jesse James Garrett is one of the world’s most widely recognized technology product designers. He is co-founder and President of Adaptive Path, a product experience design firm based in San Francisco. Under his leadership, Adaptive Path has taken on product design challenges for companies such as Google, Crayola, Intel, Wells Fargo, and the United Nations. Every day, product designers around the world depend on his tools and concepts. His book, “The Elements of User Experience,” is considered one of the seminal works on user-centered design. He is a frequent keynote speaker on product design, user experience, and innovation. Garrett has received WIRED Magazine’s Rave Award for Technology and has been named one of the “50 Most Important People on the Web” by PC World magazine.
Session: Design Solutions from News Experts
Michael Gold Michael Gold, Principal, West Gold Editorial
Michael Gold co-founded Hippocrates, now Time Inc.’s million-circulation Health magazine, which won four National Magazine Awards during his tenure as Managing Editor and Executive Editor. He has also been an editor at Science 80 and Strings magazines. As a principal of West Gold Editorial, Gold develops launch and repositioning plans, critiques existing publications and Web sites, and provides staff training. He helped conceive and launch Dwell, University Business, and AFAR magazines. Web clients include Discovery Communications, ConsumerReports.com, WebMD, Time Inc.-AOL, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Session: Yep, Text Still Matters
Jennifer Grappone Jennifer Grappone, Partner, Gravity Search Marketing
Jennifer Grappone is the co-author of the popular and critically acclaimed SEO book, “Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day” (Wiley, 2006, 2008), and a founding partner at Gravity Search Marketing LLC, a full service SEO consulting firm located in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Starting out as a writer/producer/director of industrial and corporate videos, Grappone became a project manager for large-scale web development projects before working exclusively in SEO in 2000. She advocates a holistic approach to SEO, one that combines elements of good writing, usability, search-friendly site design, and high-quality, targeted content.
Session: Outwitting the Algorithms
Ann Grimes Ann Grimes, Author/Journalist/Educator
Ann Grimes is a former staff writer and editor for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered technology and business. As Deputy Bureau Chief in San Francisco, Grimes oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of Silicon Valley during the 1990′s dot-com boom and bust. While at Dow Jones & Co., she also worked on developing new-media strategy. Earlier, Grimes was the Deputy National Editor at the Washington Post, responsible for coverage of the federal government. Grimes is the author of “Running Mates,” a book about the 1988 presidential campaign. She is the recipient of several journalism awards including the SPJ’s Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, the Education Writers Association National Award, and two Chicago Newspaper Guild Awards. She was a 1997-1998 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford. A former teaching fellow at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Grimes teaches classes in public issues reporting, business, technology and digital media. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago.
Session: From Journalist to Entrepreneur
Deborah Gump Deborah Gump, Distinguished Professional in Residence, Middle Tennessee State University School of Journalism
In more than 20 years as a journalist, Deborah Gump has worked as a reporter, editor, teacher and trainer. Before joining the faculty of Middle Tennessee State this fall, she was Director of Print/Online for the Committee of Concerned Journalists. She started her career at the Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union and then moved to the San Jose Mercury News, the KRT News Service, USA TODAY and the Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal. In 1999, she won a Freedom Forum fellowship to earn her doctorate at the University of North Carolina. She was the Knight Professor of Editing at Ohio University, where she created EditTeach.org, a Web site for students, professors and professionals. She is a founding member of the American Copy Editors Society.
Session: It’s Data-Hunting Season
Jon Hart Jon Hart, Attorney, Dow Lohnes PLLC
As a member of the law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC, Hart practices in the Media and Information Technologies group. He specializes in the representation of media and technology companies on a broad range of commercial, transactional, operational and content matters. Hart is the author of “Internet Law: A Field Guide” (BNA Books, 6th Edition, 2008). He’s been on the faculty of the Stanford Professional Publishing Courses since 1994, and serves as general counsel to the Online News Association. He clerked for U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Farris and U.S. District Judge Almeric Christian. Hart is a graduate of Middlebury College and Stanford Law School.
Session: The Legal Panel
Josh Hatch Josh Hatch, Multimedia Producer, USATODAY.com
As a multimedia reporter/producer at USA TODAY, Joshua Hatch works with reporters, editors, designers, developers and visual journalists of all stripes to create rich, interactive multimedia presentations. He even has a “thing” for old-fashioned text. Josh lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, daughter and their “puppy,” Milo.
Session: Four Cool New Web Tools for Journalists
Christine Herron Christine Herron, Principal, First Round Capital
Christine Herron is a Principal with First Round Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Previously, Christine was a director at Omidyar Network, where she developed the Media practice strategy. Prior to Omidyar Network, Christine held operational roles with Mission Research, NetObjects, and Microsoft, and was the founder and CEO of Mercury2. She started as an investor with Geocapital Partners, where she funded early Internet and network infrastructure businesses including Netcom and AXON Networks. Christine earned degrees from both Stanford University and Columbia University.
Session: 6 in 60
Richard Koci Hernandez Richard Koci Hernandez, Web Photojournalist/Educator
An Emmy award-winning video and multimedia producer, Koci Hernandez’s work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and international magazines, including Stern. He is currently a visiting fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, supported by a Ford Foundation grant to produce digital news sites for San Francisco Bay Area communities. Previously, Koci Hernandez was a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. In 2008, he was awarded a national Emmy award for his work on the Mercury News video, “Uprooted.“ In 2003, he received the James K. Batten Knight-Ridder Excellence Award. His work for the Mercury News has earned him two Pulitzer Prize nominations. After spearheading the creation of MercuryNewsPhoto.com, he was named Deputy Director of Photography and Multimedia. Koci Hernandez has taught multimedia workshops for Stanford University, The National Press Photographers Association, The Southern Short Course, the NAHJ and the NABJ. He has lectured at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Stanford University. He is a San Francisco State University journalism graduate, where he has been a guest instructor.
Pre-conference Workshop: Video Storytelling
Mary Hodder Mary Hodder, Founder, Wellness Mobile
Mary Hodder is the Founder and Chief Product Officer of Wellness Mobile, a new startup. She was also the founder and CEO of Dabble, a startup video search, social discovery and user programming site. She is a board member for Attention Trust and One Web Day and a former Advisory board member for Sphere, BlogHer and Technorati. She blogs at napsterization.org and is a power twitter user @maryhodder.
Session: 6 in 60
Barb Iverson Barbara K. Iverson, Journalism Professor, Columbia College
Barbara Iverson is and the co-publisher and editor of Chicagotalks.org, a community and citizen news site. A journalism professor at Columbia College in Chicago, Iverson is a long-time blogger who writes about blogging, citizen journalism, digital technologies, and social networking from a Chicago-centric point of view. Iverson is currently writing about the evolution of business models for online news sites and new roles for journalists, especially around community news and civic engagement. Iverson, a “late life” journalist, has been an elementary school teacher, educational researcher, interactive multimedia producer, college professor, reporter and writer.
Session: Social Media Mania
Gary Kebbel Gary Kebbel, Journalism Program Director, Knight Foundation
Kebbel joined the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2006 as a Journalism Program officer and was promoted to Director in 2008. He was News Director at America Online, where he trained and directed the team that built AOL News into a leading online news site. Before that, he helped create USATODAY.com and Newsweek.com, and was a home page editor at washingtonpost.com. Most recently, he worked on the Web site of Education Week, where he was in charge of content development, strategy and planning, including the successful switch of edweek.org from a free to a paid site. Kebbel has master’s degrees in social work from The Catholic University of America, and in political science and journalism from the University of Illinois.
Session: You Invent It, They Fund It
Staci Kramer Staci D. Kramer, Co-Editor and EVP, ContentNext Media
As Co-Editor and Executive Vice President of ContentNext Media, Staci Kramer leads properties including paidContent.org, paidContent:UK, contentSutra.com and mocoNews.net. She joined the company in late 2004 as Executive Editor of paidContent.org and later served as Executive Editor of ContentNext Media. She has been writing about the intersection of technology with media, entertainment and sports since the days before the Web. Formerly a contributing editor at Inside.com, an editor at large for Cable World and Senior Editor for the Online Journalism Review, Kramer was a national director at large of the Society of Professional Journalists and founded a listserve for the discussion of journalism ethics, which she operated for a decade.
Session: Journalism for – and from – the Mobile Generation
David Lafontaine David LaFontaine, Partner, Artesian Media
David LaFontaine has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, editor, and multimedia producer working on a variety of projects in film, television, print, radio, and the Internet. He is a partner in Artesian Media, and the Managing Editor of the “Audience Planbook,” an effort by the Newspaper Association of America to build a living document to guide newspapers through the process of developing new, more profitable products. LaFontaine also produced a series of case studies for the NAA, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), and the Online Journalism Review. His foray into new media began in 1998, when he co-founded Single Parent Magazine and worked as Managing Editor for Filmson.com, one of the early online streaming video sites. Prior to that, LaFontaine was the managing editor of the Caracas Daily Journal and then freelanced stories throughout Latin America. He speaks fluent Spanish. He won a Pulliam Fellowship that helped him start his career at the Arizona Republic in 1987. LaFontaine’s blog: www.SipsfromtheFirehose.com.
Session: Producing Content with Your Phone
JD Lasica J.D. Lasica, Consultant, Founder, Socialmedia.biz
J.D. Lasica is a social media consultant, journalist and author. He is the founder of Socialmedia.biz, a firm that offers social media strategic services and workshops to Fortune 500 companies and mid-size businesses worldwide. He is also founder of Socialbrite.org, a social media learning hub and news center. He was co-founder and editorial director of Ourmedia.org, the first video hosting and sharing site. Lasica’s book “Darknet: Hollywood’s War Against the Digital Generation” explored the emerging media landscape. In a previous life, Lasica was an editor at the Sacramento Bee and editorial manager of several Silicon Valley startups. He has been advising media companies on the new media landscape since 1996. You can follow him on Twitter at @jdlasica.
Session: Social Media Mania
Scott Lewis Scott Lewis, CEO, voiceofsandiego.org
Scott Lewis is the CEO of the pioneering nonprofit investigative news source, voiceofsandiego.org. He oversees the public service operation, which the Christian Science Monitor called “a ray of hope for a troubled industry.” Lewis is also in charge of its Web site, business, fundraising and marketing functions. He began covering local politics for the voiceofsandiego.org in 2005 and his weekly column was chosen best in San Diego by both the San Diego Press Club and San Diego Society of Professional Journalists in 2007. He still maintains a political blog and regularly breaks news and hosts some of the city’s most important discussions. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and held reporting jobs at the Salt Lake City Weekly and San Diego Daily Transcript before working with voiceofsandiego.org.
Session: From Journalist to Entrepreneur
Daryl Lindsey Daryl Lindsey, Editor, Spiegel International
Daryl Lindsey has run Speigel Online International, the English-language version of Germany’s largest quality news Web site and Europe’s largest newsweekly, since its launch in 2004. A long-term resident of Germany, he has also worked for the respected broadsheet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and on the Web site of international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. He has worked in online media since 1994, including long stints at Salon.com and HotWired/Wired News during the 1990s. At SPIEGEL, he is currently establishing a network of English-language European news sites.
Session: The State of Global Innovation
Hoa Loranger Hoa Loranger, Director, Nielsen Norman Group
Hoa Loranger heads the San Diego office of Nielsen Norman Group. She consults with many leading companies in industries such as entertainment, finance, technology, e-commerce, government, and intranets. Loranger is coauthor of the book “Prioritizing Web Usability.” She conducts usability research worldwide and gives keynotes and tutorials on topics including usability principles and guidelines, user-centered design concepts, and applied research methodologies. She has worked with clients to successfully implement user-centered design strategies leading to improved sales and ROI. She produces training videos and authors reports that include guidelines on topics such as B2B, teenagers, press relations, and corporate information. Loranger holds an MA in Human Factors Applied Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and a BA in Psychology from University of California, Irvine.
Session: Yep, Text Still Matters
Olivia Ma Olivia Ma, News Manager, YouTube
Olivia Ma is the News Manager and a member of the News & Politics team at YouTube. She manages the site’s news programming, working with professional news organizations, amateur journalists, and citizen reporters in documenting the events happening in the world around them. Prior to joining YouTube, Ma worked for Plum, a social media-sharing website where she was the Product Manager and Community Specialist. A native of Washington D.C., Ma attended Harvard and earned her B.A. degree in American History & Literature while overseeing the production of Current, a national student newsmagazine published in partnership with Newsweek.
Session: Video Free-for-All
Chip Mahaney Chip Mahaney, Digital Content Director, Scripps Broadcasting
As the Director of Digital Content for the E.W. Scripps Company’s broadcast division, Mahaney directs content initiatives for Scripps’ television stations. He is a former local TV news director (WTVR Richmond) and a longtime TV news manager, mostly with the FOX O&O station group. He has years of experience covering local sports and extreme weather as well as managing newsroom technology. Mahaney is a former member of the RTNDA Board of Directors and has participated in RTNDF leadership programs, as a student and a leader, for more than a decade. Chip is an active blogger and now lives with an extreme addiction to social media. He is married to Susan Mahaney, a three-time Emmy-winning “Best Newscast” producer and executive producer. They have 2 children and 2 dogs and live in the Cincinnati area. Chip just resumed playing competitive tennis (for the first time in 25 years), and he’s training for his first-ever 10k run.
Session: Video Free-for-All
Om Malik Om Malik, Founder, GigaOM Networks
Om Malik has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist covering technology and business news. He was a writer at Red Herring during its glory days, then serving as Senior Editor and part of the founding team of Forbes.com. More recently, he was a Senior Writer for Business 2.0, covering telecom and broadband stories. His contributions have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and MIT Technology Review. Malik is the author of “Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist.” He is also the recipient of many industry awards, including Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2001 and the Gold Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2001.
Session: From Journalist to Entrepreneur
Elliott Malkin Elliott Malkin, Designer, NYTimes.com
As a designer and information architect, Elliott Malkin works with a team of journalist/developers to build dynamic, data-driven applications to enhance online news reporting. Since joining The Times in 2006, Malkin has worked on a variety of special projects, including coverage of the 2008 presidential election and the recession. He also worked on redesigns of sections including Business, Politics, Movies and the new Global Edition. He continues to focus on improving tools and platforms, such as search, reader comments, and an open-source interactive document viewer. He studied interactive media at the University of Texas, and has an MA in learning sciences from Northwestern University and an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Session: Design Solutions from New Experts
Kevin Maney Kevin Maney, Author/Journalist
Kevin Maney has interviewed many of the biggest names in business in a career spanning 25 years. His most recent book is “Trade-Off: Why Some Things Catch On, and Others Don’t,” published in the fall of 2009 by Broadway Books. He writes for Fortune, The Atlantic, Fast Company and other magazines. Maney was recruited by Conde Nast Portfolio magazine prior to its launch in 2007, and was a contributing editor there until its demise in April 2009. Maney was previously technology columnist and senior technology reporter at USA Today. Maney is the author of the critically-acclaimed “The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson Sr. and the Making of IBM,” (John Wiley & Sons, 2003). He is often on television and radio, including PBS, NPR and CNBC. He is also a musician and songwriter, and in 2008 released a CD of songs of wry commentary about business and technology — “Privacy,” by Kevin Maney & His Briefs. Maney has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Rutgers University. He grew up in Binghamton, N.Y., and now lives outside Washington, DC, where he plays soccer and hockey as much as possible.
Andrew Mar Andrew M. Mar, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Corporation
Andrew Mar’s role in the Microsoft Corporation Legal & Corporate Affairs Department supports the MSN Global Media Group, including MSN.com and MSN Video/MSN Entertainment. His practice focuses on intellectual property licensing and counseling, online publishing, original content production, First Amendment issues, and rights of publicity matters. Prior to Microsoft, Mar was associated with the Davis Wright Tremaine law firm, where he practiced in the communications, media, and information technology group. Mar is a Division Chair of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, MLRC Institute trustee, and a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University School of Law.
Session: The Legal Panel
Susan Mernit Susan Mernit, Founder, Oakland Local
Susan Mernit is the founder of Oakland Local, a news and community hub for Oakland, Calif., and the recipient of a 2009 New Voices grant from J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Jouranlism at American University. She is also the consulting web strategist for The Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch project. A former VP at AOL and Netscape, and a former Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was the consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge in 2008-09, as well as a consultant to organizations including Salon.com and TechSoup Global, where she led the re-design of their portal. She is a contributing editor at BlogHer, a blogger, and a co-founder of Public Media Collaborative, a volunteer group focused on training non-profits, ethnic media and community groups on using social media tools.
Session: 6 in 60
Benjamin Mosse Benjamin Mosse, Director of Mobile Product Development, Associated Press
Benjamin Mosse oversees the launch of new mobile offerings including AP Mobile, the first news industry cooperative to offer wireless users local and national news from over 1,000 trusted sources. AP Mobile was named the “Best in News” mobile application by The New York Times and was nominated for a Webby Award. AP Mobile is available on all mobile phones at www.apnews.com. Mosse serves on the Mobile Committee of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. He’s also an advisor to the Digital Publishing and Advertising Conference and judges The Mobi Awards. Prior to joining The Associated Press, Mosse was Vice President for Software Services with Enterprise Ireland. He has worked with the Columbia University Institute for Tele-Information and is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where he earned his MS from the Department of Management.
Session: Journalism for – and from – the mobile generation
Peter Offringa Peter Offringa, Vice President of Engineering, CBS Interactive
Peter Offringa is Vice President of engineering for the News and Technology business unit of CBS Interactive, where he leads all software development efforts for the highly-trafficked sites of Download.com, News.com, CBSNews.com, CNET Reviews, Shopper.com and CNET TV. Additionally, he is responsible for the engineering operations of CNET Content Solutions, which provides the technology product catalog for major online retailers. Prior to this, Offringa was a VP of engineering within CNET Networks. Before CNET, he was the CTO of Vehix.com, a leading automotive shopping Web site. Offringa has a BSE in computer science from Princeton University. Before starting his professional career, Peter served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Session: Can the Semantic Web Really Save Your Site?
Alex Oliver Alexander Oliver, Senior Product Manager, Advance Internet
Alex Oliver is an editorial developer for online news who has spent his career helping traditional news organizations understand the needs of the web user. Oliver is currently the Senior Editorial Product Manager for Advance Internet, the web division of Newshouse Media that runs 13 newspaper websites. His mission is to develop tools for content creation and delivery that serve both the content owners and consumers. His longest stint was as the Senior Producer for NOLA.com, site of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Through knowledge of the community and connections to the web, Oliver and his team developed and produced the site around the clock during Hurricane Katrina, using technology in innovative ways. Their work earned two Pulitzer Prizes.
Session: Dynamic Content Mapping
TJ Ortenzi T.J. Ortenzi, Associate News Editor, The Huffington Post
T.J. Ortenzi edits the homepage of The Huffington Post. Before joining the staff in August of 2009, Ortenzi was an Associate News Producer at seattletimes.com and a homepage producer at NOLA.com, the Web site of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. At seattletimes.com, Ortenzi scanned the wires, wrote headlines and summaries, and ultimately acted as a journalistic liaison between the newsroom and readers. He also managed The Seattle Times’ Twitter account. Ortenzi honed his news judgment in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as a homepage producer for NOLA.com. He is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, where he received a BA in Communications and French. Ortenzi lives in New York City with his fiancee and is a proud native of Hershey, Pa.
Session: Enterprising with Twitter
Dan Pacheco Dan Pacheco, Senior Manager of Digital Products, The Bakersfield Californian
At the independently-owned Bakersfield Californian, Dan Pacheco and his colleagues kick-started “citizen journalism.” He won the Knight News Challenge for “Printcasting,” which will allow individuals to easily create ad-supported, customized publications with a mix of local news and information. After designing the first prototype for MediaNews Group’s Denverpost.com in 1994, he became one of the first online producers for washingtonpost.com. He later spent six years as a programming director and principal product manager for community products at AOL. He has won several awards, including a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism for the platform that powers the Bakotopia and Bakersfield.com web sites. Pacheco holds a BA from the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Session: You Invent It, They Fund It
Maribel Perez Wadsworth Maribel Perez Wadsworth, Managing Editor, Ft. Myers News-Press
Maribel Perez Wadsworth is managing editor for digital and custom content at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla. She oversees, among other things, breaking news, digital and multimedia projects and the distribution of news content using social networking platforms. Maribel has worked in a variety of reporting and editing roles for the Gannett Company over the past 13 years.
Session: Covering the Economic Collapse
Aron Pilhofer Aron Pilhofer, Editor, Interactive News Technology, The New York Times
As editor of Interactive News Technology at The New York Times, Pilhofer directs a news-focused team of journalist/developers that builds 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 the 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, the so-called “527” groups. The Center’s reporting was among the first to highlight the gaping hole in federal campaign finance regulations that allows these groups to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into elections nationwide.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Dynamic Interactives for Newsrooms, A Django Workshop with IRE
Session: It’s Data-Hunting Season
Session Moderator: Design Solutions from News Experts
Michael Reszler Michael Reszler, Director of Digital Media, Minnesota Public Radio
Michael Reszler has been involved with online media and journalism for more than 12 years. Currently, he is the Director of Digital Media for Minnesota Public Radio, where he oversees both the strategy and operation of the company’s news and music Web sites. Prior, Reszler served as the Senior Editor for Online at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and as the Director of Digital News for Knight Ridder, where he helped develop and coordinate the online activities of all Knight Ridder’s news sites.
Session: Outwit the Algorithms
Chet Rhodes Chet Rhodes, Assistant Managing Editor, News Video, washingtponpost.com
Chet Rhodes is leading a project training Washington Post print journalists in shooting video for washingtonpost.com. He oversees the editing of daily news video. Before joining The Post, Rhodes taught Broadcast Journalism for 10 years at the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism. He also worked as a local radio news director, editor and chief engineer with the UPI Radio Network. He has led workshops for the Online News Association and NAB as well as newspapers in the U.S., Europe and South America.
Session: Pre-Conference Workhop: Video Production for Beginners
Kevin Roach Kevin Roach, Director of U.S. Broadcast News, Associated Press
Roach is responsible for all US-based news operations, including AP Radio, AP Television News, the AP Online Video Network and other services. Previously, Roach was Executive Producer, Online Video. He joined the AP in 2007. Prior to that, Roach was the regional director of IBS (Internet Broadcast Systems), where he oversaw 17 station Web sites, including those of WNBC in New York, WCVB in Boston and WDIV in Detroit. He also helped start up New England Cable News. He was News Director at WDTN-TV in Dayton, Assistant News Director at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati and Executive Producer at WFSB-TV in Hartford. He began his career at ABC News in New York, where he worked his way up from production assistant to producer.
Session: Video Free-for-All
Margaret Rosas Margaret Rosas, Founder and Chief Strategist, Quiddities Dev Inc.
As founder and chief strategist of Quiddities Dev Inc., a web development agency in Santa Cruz, Calif., Margaret Rosas specializes in web application projects using the open source social publishing system, Drupal. These projects include work for the University of California, both in Berkeley and Santa Cruz; leaders in the sustainability movement; and large e-commerce companies. Rosas won the Knight News Challenge for RadioEngage (RadioDrupal), a turnkey content management and publishing system for radio news organizations. Rosas began her career building data networks and supporting their users, in large corporations and small businesses.
Session: You Create It, They Fund It
Scott Rosenberg Scott Rosenberg, Project Director, MediaBugs
Rosenberg is the project director for MediaBugs, a Knight News Challenge winner that aims to change the stigma attached to reporting errors by promoting transparency and providing recognition for those journalists and organizations that admit and fix their mistakes. Rosenberg co-founded Salon.com in 1995, where he served for 11 years as a writer, editor and managing editor. Over three decades as a journalist, he has written award-winning theater criticism at the San Francisco Examiner and Boston Phoenix. He is the author of two books: “Dreaming in Code” (Crown, 2007) and “Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming and Why It Matters” (Crown, 2009). He lives in Berkeley, Calif.
Session: You Create It, They Fund It
Houston Ruck Houston Ruck, Designer, U.S. News & World Report
As a designer with U.S. News & World Report, Ruck focuses on visual presentation and usability for usnews.com. He collaborates with a team of producers, editors and technical staff to develop new site features and maintain the site’s visual integrity. Ruck started his career as a photo and graphics editor at Stars & Stripes before moving to U.S. News as a print designer for the magazine’s Money & Business section. He made the print-to-web transition in 2006. Ruck lives in Washington, DC where he moved after graduating from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Session: How to Handle Text and Spreadsheets
Joe Ruiz Joe Ruiz, Producer, KSAT.com
Joe Ruiz is relatively new to the online media industry, but considers himself both an evangelist and student of using sound editorial judgment and online tools. He is the nightside Web editor for KSAT.com, integrating audio, video and photography with online news coverage. He has previously worked as a news and sports reporter and blogger for several newspapers and Web sites. He is a Chips Quinn Scholar and a member of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In 2009, he served as trainer, moderator or panelist for various new media topics at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention, the Urban Journalism Workshop at San Antonio College and the Latino Media Conference at Texas State University-San Marcos. Joe is an alumnus of Texas State University-San Marcos.
Session: Live Streaming
Paul Saffo Paul Saffo, Forecaster/Essayist
Paul Saffo is a forecaster and essayist with over two decades of experience exploring long-term technological change and its practical impact on business and society. He teaches at Stanford University and is a Visiting Scholar in the Stanford Media X research network. He was the founding chairman of the Samsung Science Board and serves on a variety of other boards including the Long Now Foundation, the Singapore National Research Foundation Science Advisory Board, and the Pax Group. He has served as an advisor and Forum Fellow to the World Economic Forum since 1997. Saffo is a columnist for ABCNews.com, and his essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Wired, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. Saffo is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University and Stanford University.
Networking Event: Riding the Media Tsunami (For Fun and Profit)
Alex Salkever, Senior Writer/Programmer, DailyFinance
Alex Salkever is a Senior Writer and Programmer at DailyFinance, America Online’s new business and finance publication. He covers technology and green technology. He previously performed hybrid technology research for hedge funds and spent four years as the technology editor at BusinessWeek.com.
Session: “Covering the Economic Collapse”
Jan Schaffer Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Jan Schaffer launched J-Lab in 2002 to spotlight pioneering initiatives in civic journalism, interactive and participatory journalism, and citizen media ventures. J-Lab rewards novel ideas through the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. It funds cutting-edge citizen media start-ups through its New Voices and McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneur projects. J-Lab also produces Web tutorials on digital media at www.J-Learning.org and the Knight Citizen News Network (www.kcnn.org). Schaffer previously directed the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, a $14 million initiative that funded more than 120 pilot news projects that better engaged people in public issues. She is a former Business Editor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she worked for 22 years as a reporter and editor.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Fund My Media Start-Up
Tiffany Shackelford Tiffany Shackelford, Online Content and Marketing Specialist, Phase2 Technology
Tiffany Shackelford is a recognized expert in cutting edge online media, and frequently serves as a speaker and panelist on the subject. She is currently the online content and marketing specialist at Phase2 Technology. She also serves as the Executive Director of Capitolbeat, the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. Previously, Tiffany served as the AME at Stateline.org a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site that reports on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics. In the mid-1990s she worked on the staff of the Democratic Leadership Council and Progressive Policy Institute. Tiffany holds a B.A. in creative writing from East Carolina University, and has done post-graduate work at Marymount University
Session: How to Stop Worrying and Love Your CMS
Sherrese Smith Sherrese Smith, Legal Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
Sherrese Smith is the Legal Advisor for Media, Consumer, and Enforcement issues for Chairman Genachowski at the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to the FCC, she was the VP and General Counsel of Washington Post Digital. Smith received her Juris Doctor from Northwestern University’s School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of South Carolina. In 2007, Smith was named Outstanding In-House Counsel for the DC’s Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and in 2009 was named as one of five “Women to Watch” by the American Bar Association.
Session: The Law Panel
Roeland Stekelenberg Roeland Stekelenburg, Head of New Media, Dutch Public Broadcasting
At NOS (Dutch public broadcasting), Roeland Stekelenburg oversees the development and implementation of the company’s new media strategy. Under his leadership, NOS content is available to emerging platforms, including mobile, social networks, narrowcasting platforms, game consoles and connected TV platforms. His department made a big splash at the Beijing Olympics, when 13 simultaneous live videostreams were made available on mobile. For this, they earned the ABN Amro New Media Award. NOS has also launched several successful mobile applications and Websites and is now the leading mobile news provider in the Netherlands. Before joining NOS in 2006, Stekelenburg was Deputy Editor-in-Chief at AT5, the local Amsterdam TV station. Prior to that, he was Africa correspondent for NOVA, the leading Dutch current affairs program.
Session: Journalism for – and from – the Mobile Generation
Tom Tague Thomas Tague, Product Development Strategist, Thomson Reuters
Tom Tague leads Thomson Reuters’ Calais initiative, spearheading strategy and product development. He also oversees the Calais developer community at OpenCalais.com, evangelizing the Calais Web service and its free and open API. Tague also works closely with commercial and non-commercial developers as well as publishers and media providers of all kinds. Previous positions include EVP, Client Solutions for Darwin Partners and co-founder and COO for Tessera Enterprise Systems, as well as senior roles at Epsilon and Electronic Data Systems(EDS).
Session: The State of Global Innovation
Cory Tolbert Haik Cory Tolbert Haik, Assistant Managing Editor, seattletimes.com
Cory Tolbert Haik is an online journalist who has spent her last decade managing the disruption of Web media — which she likes. From running operations and development to reporting, editing and production, Haik has her hands in most things that make online journalism work. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Online News Association and is currently the Assistant Managing Editor at seattletimes.com. She spent many years following the storms of the Gulf Coast at NOLA.com, site of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she was the Managing Editor. She shared in two Pulitzer Prizes for covering Hurricane Katrina. Haik holds a Master’s degree in Communication Theory from the University of New Orleans.
Session: Four Cool New Web Tools for Journalists
Fred von Lohmann Fred von Lohmann, Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
As a senior staff attorney for the EFF, Fred von Lohmann specializes in intellectual property matters. In that role, he has represented programmers, technology innovators, and individuals in a variety of copyright and trademark litigation, including MGM v. Grokster, decided by the Supreme Court in 2005. He is also involved in EFF’s efforts to educate policy-makers regarding the proper balance between intellectual property protection and the public interest in fair use, free expression, and innovation. Fred has an A.B. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Session: The Legal Panel
Venise Wagner Venise Wagner, Journalism Professor and Chairperson, San Francisco State University
Venise Wagner is an associate professor of journalism and chair of the department at San Francisco State University. Before joining the ranks of academia in 2001, she spent 12 years as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle. While at the Examiner, she covered Education and issues in the Bay Area’s various black communities. She was also a religion and ethics reporter for The Orange County Register and The Modesto Bee. Her work has also been published in Mother Jones, Parade and Hope magazine. At San Francisco State, she developed a journalism curriculum that focuses on marginalized communities and structural inequities. She is working with Sally Lehrman, the Knight-Ridder/San Jose Mercury News chair at Santa Clara University, to develop a teaching module on structural inequities. Wagner graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an M.A. in Latin American studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Session: It’s Data-Hunting Season
Jeff Walpole, CEO, Phase2 Technology
CEO Jeff Walpole leads the executive team and strategy, planning, and development efforts for Phase2. He has been instrumental in recruiting and managing staff, the acquisition of new clients, overseeing contracting efforts, and process improvement since co-founding the company in 2001. Walpole serves as a strategist for many Phase 2 clients, from management issues to Web strategy and open source software development. Prior to Phase 2, Walpole worked for Olympus Group, Inc. where was part of the management team focused on custom Web software development for sports and technology clients. He holds a MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University and a BS from Tulane University in Political Science.
Session: How to Stop Worrying and Love Your CMS
Joan Walsh Joan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief, Salon.com
Joan Walsh is Editor in Chief at Salon.com, the award-winning Web site. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines from the Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun to Vogue and The Nation. As a columnist for San Francisco magazine, Walsh won a 2004 Western Magazine Award for her writing about local politics. Before Salon, she worked for many years as a consultant to national and regional foundations, including the Rockefeller Foundation. An avid baseball fan, she is the author of “Splash Hit: The Pacific Bell Park Story” (Chronicle Books, 2001) as well as “Stories of Renewal: Community Building and the Future of Urban America” (Rockefeller Foundation, 1997). She lives in San Francisco with her daughter, Nora.
Session: Give Your Content Love ‘Handles’
Janine Warner Janine Warner, Author/Partner, Artesian Media
Janine Warner is an author, journalist, and partner in the Internet consulting firm Artesian Media. Her best-selling books and videos on Web design have won her an international following and earned her speaking and consulting engagements around the world. She is the author of more than a dozen books about the Internet, including, “Mobile Web Design For Dummies” (Spring 2010), “Web Sites Do-It-Yourself For Dummies” and “Dreamweaver For Dummies.” She also hosts a series of Web design videos for Total Training, featured on the Microsoft and Adobe sites. Warner has served as a part-time faculty member at both the University of Miami and the University of Southern California, and developed online training programs for the Western Knight Center. In 1998, she joined The Miami Herald as Online Managing Editor and later promoted to Director of New Media. She left that position to serve as Director of Latin American Operations for CNET Networks. Warner began her career as a reporter at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Point Reyes Light newspaper in 1990. She was also managing editor of Vision Latina, a bilingual newspaper. For more information, visit www.artesianmedia.com.
Session: Producing Content with Your Phone
Amy Webb Amy Webb, Webbmedia Group
An author, speaker and future thinker, Amy Webb heads the Webbmedia Group. an international digital strategy consultancy that adapts current and emerging technologies to solve problems in mainstream journalism and education. Webbmedia has worked with media companies, major television networks, national newspapers, tech startups, media associations and journalism schools. Webbmedia just launched Knowledgewebb, the first all-in-one resource to help everyone, even the most techno-phobic, learn social networks, websites, mobile and digital media. Webb has spent more than 15 years working within media as a reporter, publisher and consultant. She began her career as a reporter/writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong), where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends. Her work has been recognized with awards/nominations from Webby, Editor & Publisher, Investigative Reporters & Editors, SPJ, W3 and IAVA. She has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in political economics from Indiana University. She is based in Baltimore.
Session: Ten Tech Trends You’ve Still Never Heard Of
Ellen Weiss Ellen Weiss, Senior Vice President for News, NPR
Ellen Weiss is an award-winning broadcast news executive who oversees NPR’s worldwide journalism operations, including 17 domestic and 17 foreign bureaus; more than 400 staff members; more than 40 hours of news programming weekly; and NPR’s award-winning investigations, longform series and other special reporting. Weiss joined NPR News in 1982 and was Executive Producer of “All Things Considered” for 12 years. From 2001 to 2006, she was Senior Editor of the National Desk and oversaw coverage of major national events, including NPR News’ coverage of 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the 2002 and 2004 elections. Weiss also edited many of NPR News’ major investigations. She was part of the NPR News teams that have received Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, Overseas Press Club Awards and American Women in Radio and Television Awards.
Session: Covering the Economic Collapse
Michael Weiss, Chief Executive Officer, Imagistic
Michael Weiss’ business development and marketing prowess has been a driving force in Imagistic’s growth over the past twelve years. His knowledge, vision and ability to speak “English, not tech” have helped turn top-tier companies and organizations such as Technicolor, The ACLU, Network For Good, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and The First 5 Los Angeles into long-term clients. In 2008 he created a Webinar entitled “The CMS Roundtable” which has focuses on the key questions “What is a Content Management System? And Why Do I Need One?” Along with his extensive management, marketing and sales experience, Weiss has a background in education and counseling. He holds a BA in Psychology from Boston University, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Loyola-Marymount University.
Session: How to Stop Worrying and Love your CMS
Nicole Wong Nicole Wong, Deputy General Counsel, Google
As Deputy General Counsel at Google, Nicole Wong is primarily responsible for the company’s product and regulatory matters. She is a frequent speaker and author on issues related to law and technology, including three appearances before the U.S. Congress regarding internet policy. Wong has taught media and internet law courses as an adjunct professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and University of San Francisco. Prior to joining Google, Wong was a partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie, LLP, where she represented leading traditional media and “new media” clients. She is a co-editor of “Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook” (2003), which is now a collaborative digital treatise maintained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and students at Boalt Hall School of Law. Wong was one of the founders and the first Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Law Journal. She received her Law degree and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.
Session: The Legal Panel
Gideon Yago Gideon Yago, Host/Producer, “The IFC Media Project”
Gideon Yago is a Peabody and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. He worked for seven years as a reporter and producer for MTV News and as a correspondent for CBS News. His documentary series, “The IFC Media Project,” airing on The Independent Film Channel, is a critical look at the news business in America. Yates’ writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin and Vice magazine as well as NPR’s “This American Life.” He lives in New York City.
Session: Covering the Economic Collapse
Amanda Zamora Amanda Zamora, Multimedia Director, Huffington Post Investigative Fund
Amanda Zamora manages the planning and execution of multimedia narratives and online strategy for the new Huffington Post Investigative Fund. Zamora spent six years at The Washington Post as an online editor and producer, developing enterprise projects with the investigative unit after stints on the foreign and metro desks. She was previously an online content producer and reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Zamora was a fellow with the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. She holds a BA in journalism with an emphasis in Latino media studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2008, Zamora spent six months examining Virginia’s mental health system as a Knight Digital Media Fellow with the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University.
Session: Moderator, Your Audience, Your Advantage
Jose Zamora Jose Zamora, Journalism Program Associate, Knight Foundation
Jose Zamora is a Journalism Program Associate at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is a journalist, columnist, blogger and a former news executive with elPeriódico in Guatemala. He has a Law degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquín, a specialization in Media Law from Oxford’s Media Law Advocates Program and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Organization of American States Scholar who focused his work on Media and Democracy.
Session: You Invent It, They Fund It