About the Journalism Interactive Conference

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Journalism Interactive 2011 will bring together educators, journalists, scholars and students to explore how journalism schools are meeting the challenge of the digital age.

During two days of workshops, training, presentations and provocative dialogues, we will explore how social media, mobile reporting and other digital tools are being used in news and teaching, and to what effect.

The event is hosted by the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism and sponsored by publisher SAGE/CQ Press. It is being planned by a committee of educators from journalism schools at five universities.

Program Planning Committee Members:

  • Kalyani Chadha, Assistant Professor - University of Maryland (co-chair)
  • Leslie Walker, Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation - University of Maryland (co-chair)
  • Hans Ibold, Assistant Professor - Indiana University
  • Charisse Kiino - CQ Press/SAGE
  • Zizi Papacharissi, Professor and Head, Communication - University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Matt Sheehan, Director of the 21st Century News Lab - University of Florida
  • Debora Wenger, Associate Professor - University of Mississippi
  • Ronald Yaros, Assistant Professor - University of Maryland

Logistics and Travel

The conference venue is the Marriott Inn & Conference Center adjacent to the University of Maryland. The street address is 3501 University Blvd, East Hyattsville, Maryland 20783.

HOTEL A discounted hotel rate of $139 per night is available at the conference hotel, the Marriott Inn & Conference Center, for a limited number of those registered for the conference. The hotel discount code is  "jesjesa" for a room with one bed, or jesjesb for a room with two beds. Reserve early, there are a limited number of discounted rooms. Please note: the hotel is now sold out, we recommend the Hampton Inn, listed below. However you will either need a rental car or take a cab to the conference hotel.

Quite a few other hotels are conveniently located nearby on Rt. 1/Rhode Island Ave. in College Park. They include:

AIR TRAVELThe hotel is less than an hour from three major airports. Depending on traffic, Baltimore's BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is approximately a half-hour drive away; DC's Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is 45 minutes away by car and accessible via Metro; and Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) is 50 to 60 minutes.

CONFERENCE PROXIMITY TO WASHINGTON, D.C.The conference is located just outside the city line in suburban Maryland, and inside the Beltway. It is a short walk/shuttle ride or taxi trip to two stations on Metro's Green Line, and approximately a 20 minute ride on the train to the heart of downtown.

Questions? Comments?

Send an email to conference co-chairs Kalyani Chadha (kchadha AT jmail.umd.edu) or Leslie Walker (lwalker AT jmail.umd.edu.)