Teaching digital journalism in the social media age

Take a deep dive into VR, social analytics, social media storytelling and fact-checking.

Featuring speakers from The New York Times, ESPN, Google, CBS News, NPR, USA Today — and more.

On the Leading Edge

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

Get new lesson plans and strategies in our lightning round Teach-a-thon featuring a dozen educators.

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

Hands-On training in 360-video, SnapChat, data viz, mobile video, social analytics, power searching — and more.


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

Register now and join us at the University of Maryland on Oct. 20-21 for two jam-packed days of interactive media training. The event features more than 40 speakers from news outlets and universities, including The New York Times, CBS News, ESPN, Google, The Washington Post, Pro Publica, NPR, USA Today, ABC News — and more.

The schedule and speaker line-up are available here on our Program page, where we are still adding topics and speakers — be sure to check back later. The event features many hands-on training opportunities on the second day, so you will be sure to leave with practical knowledge.

Over two days, 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  storytelling with social media, immersive video journalism and news verification skills. The event features both 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.

Get the Early Bird and Group Hotel Rate

Register online through Aug. 20 to enjoy the Early Bird rate.  A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate of $109 at the Marriott conference hotel; see our travel page for instructions on booking the group rate.

Research and Teach-a-thon

In addition to training, the conference features in-depth presentations from scholars on research involving key conference themes, particularly the growing role of misinformation in social media and the news ecosystem. The research sessions take place on Saturday morning. 

Another popular event is the Teach-a-thon, where a dozen educators will make lightning presentations on teaching methods and lesson plans.  Presenters this year include ESPN’s Kevin Blackistone, a professor at the University of Maryland, and Marie Gilot, who directs the professional workshops at New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, plus 10 more.  The call for Teach-a-thon proposals is now closed.

See our program page for the full agenda, which includes hands-on training and dynamic presentations to help attendees:

  •  shoot and edit 360-degree video
  •  get more out of social analytics
  •  up their data visualization skills
  •  tell stories with SnapChat
  •  develop lesson plans for fact checking
  • engage audiences and news communities.