Explore the digital future of news 

Speakers from The Washington Post, ESPN, Google, CBS News, USA Today — and more.

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


Dive deep into VR, social analytics, social media storytelling and fact-checking.

Worried about fake news? Learn about the many types and challenges of disinformation.

Get new lesson plans and teaching strategies in our Teach-a-thon.

Inspiration and training for educators helping students become great storytellers.

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Register now and attend the sixth annual Journalism Interactive conference at the University of Maryland, College Park on October 20 and 21, 2017.

Join us for two jam-packed days of interactive media training as we explore the challenge of “fake news” and the evolution of digital storytelling. This digital media conference features more than 50 speakers from news outlets and universities, including CBS News, ESPN, Google, The Washington Post, Pro Publica, ABC News — and more.

The schedule and speaker line-up are available on our Program page. Many hands-on training opportunities will be offered on the second day, so you’ll be sure to leave with practical knowledge.

Over both days, you will explore strategies for teaching fact-based storytelling in the age of social media, as well as emerging technologies like virtual reality, news bots and the use of artificial intelligence in news. Key topics include  storytelling with social media, immersive video journalism, news verification skills, and strategies for identifying fake news stories.

J/i has provided training and networking for digital journalism educators, practitioners, communicators and scholars since 2011. This year, a key theme will be how journalists , communicators 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 “Fake News” Explosion

What curriculum changes are needed to prepare students for an age in which social media platforms increasingly become weapons in disinformation 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 media 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 Group Hotel Rate

 A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate of $109 at the Marriott conference hotel. See our travel page on this site for instructions on booking the group rate, which is only available through Sept. 28 or until the room block runs out, whichever comes first.

Then be sure to click the “Register” button above and register to attend J/i.

Research and Teachathon

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

Another popular event is the Teachathon, where a dozen or so educators will make lightning presentations on their teaching methods and lesson plans.  Presenters this year include Kevin Blackistone, a professor at the University of Maryland and sports columnist/panelist for ESPN and The Washington Post; and Marie Gilot, who directs the professional workshops at New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.  The call for Teachathon proposals is now closed. You can see the full list of presenters and topics on our Teachathon page.

See our program page for the full agenda, which includes training and 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.