Teaching digital journalism in the social media age

Get fresh ideas for teaching in your classroom with our lightning-round Teach-a-thon.

Learn the latest trends and best practices in teaching digital storytelling

On the Leading Edge

J/i brings experts in the profession and academia to discuss the frontier of news.

This year we’re taking a deep dive into virtual reality, social media and “fake news.”

The conference provides inspiration and training for educators who are helping students become great storytellers.

Hands-On Training

J/i spends a full afternoon with hands-on training from leading journalism educators and practitioners.

Don’t Miss J/i
Register now!

Join us for the sixth annual Journalism Interactive conference at the University of Maryland, College Park on October 20 and 21, 2017.

We’ll explore strategies for teaching fact-based journalism in the age of social media, as well as emerging technologies like virtual reality and news bots. Key topics include news verification, storytelling with social media, and immersive video journalism. The event features two full days of big-picture talks and hands-on workshops.

J/i has provided training and networking for digital journalism educators, practitioners and scholars since 2011. This year, a key theme will be how journalists and educators are adapting to a media ecosystem in which news can be greatly enhanced–but also greatly distorted–by social media and other digital technologies.

Educators Respond to the “Fake News” Explosion

What curriculum changes are needed to prepare students for an age in which social media platforms increasingly become “weapons” in misinformation wars? What should we teach students about social media algorithms and confirmation bias? How are journalistic values being applied in virtual reality, live streaming and augmented reality storytelling? Join us to explore these topics and more.

Hosted by the University of Maryland, the 2017 conference is co-sponsored by its J/i consortium partners–the University of Florida and the University of Missouri–and the Knight Foundation.


Our mission is to bring together those leading the digital evolution in industry with those leading it in education.


The conference will offer hands-on training in 360-degree video, Facebook Live, social media analytics and other storytelling technologies.


Share your success stories and help others blaze a new path forward. J/i specializes in case studies and lesson plans.

Explore Leading Topics in Digital Journalism Education

Planned and organized by a consortium of top journalism schools, Journalism Interactive has become the premiere conference for journalism educators to connect with digital newsroom leaders to share knowledge and explore how new technologies are shaping journalism education.

The 2017 conference runs all day Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, a short walk from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Your conference pass includes meals, too — breakfast and lunch both days, plus dinner on Friday night. Register online through July 14 to enjoy the Early Bird rate and a discount hotel rate at the Marriott conference hotel.

Research and Teach-a-thon

In addition to training, the conference features presentations from scholars on research involving key conference themes, particularly the growing role of misinformation in social media and the news ecosystem.

Another popular event is the Teach-a-thon, where educators make lightning round presentations on teaching methods and lesson plans. The call for Teach-a-thon proposals is now open; we invite contributions from anyone with an interesting teaching idea or experience, especially involving social media, visual storytelling, fact-checking or issues relating to news integrity. Submit your ideas here. Those accepted to present will receive free conference registration.