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Journalism Interactive 2015 » Event Coverage

Event Coverage

The 2015 Journalism Interactive conference was a blast. Thanks for joining us! If you missed a session here or there, fear not. Below you will find links to pages with full-length videos, preview videos and session summaries for select sessions. Enjoy!

Recorded sessions

Including Vivian Schiller, Jim Spencer, ONA Challenge Fund announcement, Teach-A-Thon presentations and Student Innovation Showcase presentations.

Keynote: Beyond the Buzzwords

Vivian Schiller, media executive.

Staying Ahead of OTT, Mobile and Other Trends in Video News Consumption

Jim Spencer, Newsy.


Journalism professors from 11 universities present creative strategies and tools for teaching digital journalism in seven-minute sessions each.

Student Innovation Showcase

Student teams present innovative projects or research they’ve carried out during the 2014-2015 school year.

New Models, New Tools, New Innovations

Educators and professionals introduce specific new tools to ease video creation and verify tweets. Discussion focused on how new tools create possibilities for existing newsrooms and entrepreneurial activities.

Moderator: Mark Poepsel, assistant professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Panelists: Bimal Balakrishnan, associate professor, University of Missouri Department of Architectural Studies; Sarah Hill, chief storyteller at Veterans United; and Twitter Trails, a video demo by Takis Metaxas, computer science professor at Wellesley College.

Viral Content: You won’t believe what happens at this panel!

Sharable, viral, distributed… Whatever it’s called, content engineered to get audiences to click and share has become a key element in the success of today’s digital media operations. This conversation helps participants understand and teach others how to create, manage and think about it smartly.

Moderator: Reuben Stern, Futures Lab deputy director, Reynolds Journalism Institute.
Panelists: Annie Colbert, viral content editor at Mashable; Thomas McBee, director of growth at Quartz; and Erica Williams Simon, deputy editor at Upworthy.

Data Wrangling in the Classroom

Learn from professionals and professors about doing and teaching data-driven storytelling.

Moderator: Norman Lewis, associate professor at the University of Florida.
Panelists: Katie Park, graphics editor at The Washington Post; and Ryan Murphy, lead developer for news apps at The Texas Tribune.

Audience Metrics and What Really Matters

Working journalists from very different sectors share the metrics that matter most to them — and how they use analytics data to guide decisions.

Moderator: Joy Mayer, associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism.
Panelists: Angilee Shah, social media manager at Public Radio International; and Heather Blythe, senior manager for analytics and insights at Cox Media Group.

How to Become a Mobile Ninja in the Field

Learn to use mobile tools while reporting to quickly generate direct-to-social content.

Speaker: Judd Slivka, assistant professor, Missouri School of Journalism.

Visual Verification: Tools and Techniques for vetting UGC

Today, when breaking news happens, there will likely be a crowd photograph of it. For journalism, that can be an opportunity — but as journalists, we also need to ask important questions about UGC.  Learn more about tools and techniques for verifying digital photographs, including using reverse-image search, metadata analysis, and more.

Speaker: Samaruddin Stewart, independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Basics of Cybersecurity for Journalists

Security experts provide best practices on how to secure your digital data in an era when every journalist has greater challenges in protecting sources and confidential information from governments, corporations and other interests.

Speakers: Ferdous Al-Faruque, medical device reporter at The Gray Sheet, and Aaron Rinehart, founder and CEO at TestBed Inc.