Journalism Interactive 2017 Program

Journalism Interactive training

The conference features two days of digital media training with 50 speakers from leading media companies and universities.

We’ll explore challenges posed by “fake news” amplified by social media as well as how emerging technologies like virtual reality, news bots and artificial intelligence are impacting news and storytelling. The conference brings together journalists, communicators, scholars and educators for a robust dialogue.

All Friday sessions take place at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center adjoining the UMD campus. Saturday morning sessions also take place at the Marriott. Most Saturday afternoon sessions move to Knight Hall, a five-minute walk from the Marriott.

Here is the full schedule.

Friday, Oct. 20: All Sessions at Marriott Conference Center

TimeWhatPlace
7:30 a.m.Registration opens and runs all day.Marriott main hallway
8:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast Marriott Potomac Ballroom
8:45 a.m.Welcoming Remarks Rafael Lorente, associate dean, and Lucy Dalglish, dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. Marriott Potomac Ballroom
9:00 a.m.Journalism Under Siege: Keynote dialogue with Julianna Goldman, CBS News correspondent; Kevin Merida, ESPN senior vice president and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated; and Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan. Moderated by Dana Priest, Pulitzer Prize- winning reporter for The Washington Post and Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland.Marriott Potomac Ballroom
9:45 a.m.Evolution and Challenges of Fact-Checking Movement: PolitiFact founder Bill Adair, Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, and director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy at Duke University, presents an overview of fact-checking, then holds a dialogue with PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan and attendees. Marriott Potomac Ballroom
10:15 a.m.Media Literacy in the Age of Disinformation: How should journalism schools confront the growing challenge of false information online, especially as social media amplifies it? Speakers: Dan Russell, senior research scientist and "director of user happiness" at Google; Jevin West, co-director of the DataLab at the University of Washington's Information School and creator of a new course titled, "Calling Bullshit;" and Alan Miller, founder and CEO, The News Literacy Project. Moderated by Linda Steiner, professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.Marriott Potomac Ballroom
11:10 a.m. Refreshment break -- Coffee and snacks provided outside Potomac Ballroom.Marriott Potomac Ballroom
11:20 a.m.Virtual reality journalism: Creating and Teaching VR and AR Storytelling: What's new and coming down the pike with VR/AR/360 video? Professionals and professors discuss the present and future of storytelling in virtual and augmented reality, including CGI environments, 360 video, devices, equipment and software. Speakers include Steve Johnson, photojournalist and founder of Boundless, a multimedia storytelling firm; Steven King, former Washington Post video director and now assistant professor of multimedia and interactive journalism at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; and Claudia Prat, freelance producer who has produced VR for Univision, Associated Press, The New York Times and other news outlets. Moderated by Steven King.Marriott Potomac Ballroom
12:15 p.m.Lunch in Chesapeake Salon B. Post- lunch conversation: #Disrupting Journalism Education - Featuring three fellows with the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial journalism’s Disruptive Educators Network: Hamil Harris of Morgan State University, Ron Yaros of University of Maryland and Michelle Ferrier of Ohio University. Moderated by Jody Brannon, community manager, Disruptive Educators Network.Marriott Chesapeake Salon B
1:30 p.m.How to Increase Trust in Journalism: This session explores programs, tools and inspirational examples of journalists listening to and collaborating with their communities in meaningful and creative ways, in order to fulfill their communities' information needs and help increase trust in journalism. Moderated by Molly de Aguiar, managing director, News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Panelists: Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, the American Press Institute; Andrew Haeg, founder and CEO, GroundSource; and Julia Haslanger, engagement consultant for Hearken.Marriott Potomac Ballroom
2:30 p.m. Automation in Journalism: Two talks followed by a dialogue. 1) Joey Marburger, director of product for The Washington Post, takes us behind the scenes to see how the newspaper's popular news bots work. 2) John Keefe, bot developer & product manager for Quartz, will share experiments in chat bots, voice interfaces, and machine learning for journalism from the Quartz Bot Studio. He'll also show some free tools Quartz has developed for journalists. Moderator: Leslie Walker, visiting professor in digital innovation, University of Maryland.Marriott Potomac Ballroom
3:30 p.m.Refreshment Break with networking time.Marriott Outside Potomac Ballroom
4:00 p.m.Teachathon: Series of lightning talks by journalism educators from around the country. Each presents a creative lesson plan or approach to teaching. Moderated by Chris Harvey, senior lecturer, UMD's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. See all 13 presenters and their topics on the Teachathon page.
Marriott Potomac Ballroom
7:00 p.m.Dinner in Salon B of Chesapeake Ballroom
Marriott Chesapeake Ballroom B

Saturday, Oct. 21: AM at Marriott; PM in Knight Hall

TimeWhatPlace
7:30 a.m.Registration re-opens.Marriott Main Hallway
8 a.m.Continental BreakfastOutside Potomac Ballroom
9 a.m. Researching Misinformation: Four scholars present research on false news and propaganda. Presenters: Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, research scientist at Indiana University Network Science institute; Leslie Caughell, assistant professor of political science and chair of the political science department, Virginia Wesleyan University; Ethan Porter, assistant professor of media and public affairs, George Washington School of Media & Public Affairs; and Leticia Bode, assistant professor in the Communication, Culture, and Technology master's program, Georgetown University. Moderated by Sarah Oates, professor and senior scholar, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Marriott: Potomac Ballroom
9 a.m.Facebook Live: What we Need to Know -- One Facebook Live video can drive millions of views for an individual or a news organization. What's the value to the bottom line, and how are journalists using the tool to engage audiences on important topics? This session shares Knight Foundation-sponsored research that evaluates the impact of the tool on news organizations and offers practical advice from those in the field for producing compelling live content and teaching best practices. Speakers: Aaron Gilchrist, morning news anchor, NBC4, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Fredric Kendrick, assistant professor, Howard University; and Alejandro Manrique, director of bilingual content, Cox Media Group; moderated by Debora Wenger, director of undergraduate journalism/associate professor, University of Mississippi.Marriott: Chesapeake Salon C
10:30 a.m.Audience Engagement: What are media outlets doing to build audience and deepen engagement with their listeners, readers and viewers? Speakers: Karin Assmann, Spiegel TV foreign correspondent and PhD student at UMD, moderates a dialogue with Mary Bowerman, network social media editor, USA Today; Dennis Powell, senior producer, multimedia newsgathering, ABC News; and Shefali Kulkarni, who runs social media and audience engagement for BBC News North America. Marriott: Potomac Ballroom
10:30 a.m.Teaching Lessons from Electionland: Participants in the collaborative Electionland project deconstruct the news verification techniques and processes they used to monitor voting nationwide on Election Day and share how they are taking those processes into classrooms. Speakers: University of Missouri Journalism School associate professor Amy Simons moderates with Rachel Glickhouse of ProPublica and Michelle Ferrier, professor and associate dean for innovation, research/creativity activity and graduate studies at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Communication.Marriott: Chesapeake Salon C
NOONLunch provided to attendees. Marriott: Chesapeake B
1:30- 5:00 p.m.AFTERNOON TRAINING on UMD campus
Most Saturday afternoon sessions are in Knight Hall, a short walk from the Marriott. Two session are at the Marriott; both are at 1:30 p.m.
Knight Hall Journalism Building and Marriott.
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.360-Video Hands-On Training: (First session; this will be repeated) You will learn to shoot 360-degree video in this two-hour, hands-on session led by immersive video expert Steve Johnson. Limited seats available; advance reservations required. In this training, you’ll go over best practices for planning, producing and distributing 360-degree video including the latest research on how audiences respond to immersive environments. We will share tips and tricks to streamlining your 360 video production from cameras, to monopods to software solutions allowing newsrooms and journalism programs of any size to adopt this technology.Knight Hall: Studio C on 3rd floor.
1:30 - 2:25 p.m.SnapChat Storytelling: What Journalists Need to Know: Snapchat now has more daily users than Twitter. The app is impacting news audiences and the rules for video, even if you aren’t using it. Bethany Swain, former CNN photojournalist and multimedia producer (and now faculty at University of Maryland), will share what journalists, educators and students need to know about the popular social media app with the disappearing messages. Marriott: Potomac Ballroom
1:30 - 2:25 p.m.Take Your Mobile Video To The Next Level - So your students shoot mobile video, now what? This hands-on session dives into the many cool and unique features of Apple’s free “Clips” app so your students can take basic video to the next level. Join 2017 Apple’s Distinguished Educator and former TV reporter Ron Yaros from the Merrill College of Journalism to explore the many features, tips, and tricks for “Clips.” Review the critical skills your students need to produce the best on-camera stand-ups and voice narration for a mobile video package that could air on tonight’s newscast. You’ll be challenged to produce one in this session. Can you do it?Marriott: Chesapeake C
1:30 - 2:25 p.m.Google News Lab Training: Hone your research and verification skills in this hands-on session. Bring your laptop and follow along with Benet Wilson, SPJ/Google trainer, as she walks you through a series of little known Google tools.Knight Hall; Eaton Theater; 1st floor; 1202
2:40 - 3:30 p.m. Social Visuals: Learn from the Pros - Geoffrey Dietrich, executive producer of news gathering at AJ+, presents tips, best practices and lessons learned in creating media for social platforms.Knight Hall: Roberts Room, 3rd Floor. 3202.
2:40 - 4:30 p.m. Power Searching:  Take your search mastery to the next level with Google's own "director of user happiness," senior research scientist Dan Russell. This will be a hands-on session, so bring your laptops, tablets or smartphones.
Knight Hall; Eaton Theater; 1st floor; 1202
2:40 - 3:30 p.m.Understanding Editorial Analytics: Learn how to customize Google Analytics to give you the data you need at a glance. We’ll also take a sneak peek at premium platforms like Parse.ly that are making data more accessible to newsrooms. Instructor: Matthew Dulin, assistant professor, University of Missouri School of Journalism.Knight Hall: 2nd floor News Lab: Rm. 2103.
2:40 - 3:30 p.m.Data visualization with R -- UMD’s Sean Mussenden teaches a session designed to familiarize participants with Data Analysis in R, a programming language widely used by data journalists and data scientists, using the R Studio console and several free data visualization libraries. Knight Hall: 2nd floor: Rm. 2107.
2:40 - 3:30 p.m.Social Media Analytics: This practical session explains how to gather and analyze data across social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; you will use native analytics for Facebook and Twitter, as well as CrowdTangle and other third-party platforms. We will take the confusion out of social metrics and make social data more useful and easy to understand. Learn what social media metrics are most valuable as you gather and analyze real social media data in real-time. This hands-on training also offers strategies for teaching social analytics in the classroom. Instructor: UMD's Brooke Auxier.Knight Hall: 2nd floor: Rm. 2105.
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.360-Video Hands-On Training: (Second Session: A repeat for those unable to register for the first.) You will learn to shoot 360-degree video in this two-hour, hands-on session led by immersive video expert Steve Johnson. Limited seats available; advance reservations required. In this training, you’ll go over best practices for planning, producing and distributing 360-degree video including the latest research on how audiences respond to immersive environments. We will share tips and tricks to streamlining your 360 video production from cameras, to monopods to software solutions allowing newsrooms and journalism programs of any size to adopt this technology.Knight Hall: Studio C on 3rd floor.
3:40 - 4:40 p.m.Social Media Verification: Learn the social media verification workflow used by Electionland participants and see how it can scale for use in any breaking news situation. This virtual shoe-leather reporting is a skill no one can go without. By the end of this session, you’ll be able to search for, vet and verify social media posts to identify potentially credible sources. Instructor: Amy Simons, associate professor, Missouri School of JournalismKnight Hall: Roberts Room, 3rd Floor. 3202.
3:40 - 4:40 p.m.Social Media Analytics (Repeat for those who missed the first): This practical session explains how to gather and analyze data across social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; you will use native analytics for Facebook and Twitter, as well as CrowdTangle and other third-party platforms. We will take the confusion out of social metrics and make social data more useful and easy to understand. Learn what social media metrics are most valuable as you gather and analyze real social media data in real-time. This hands-on training also offers strategies for teaching social analytics in the classroom. Instructor: UMD's Brooke Auxier.Knight Hall: 2nd floor News Lab: Rm. 2105.
3:40 - 4:40 p.m.Motion graphics introduction. Motion graphics are a compelling way for journalists to tell visual stories as they combine well-designed animation, sharp scripting, and engaging sound design. In this session, attendees will learn the basics of how to script, storyboard and produce motion graphics stories using the Adobe After Effects software. Attendees will also come away with how they can incorporate animation into visual journalism curriculum. Instructor: Krishnan Vasudevan, assistant professor, UMD's Philip Merrill College of JournalismKnight Hall: 2nd Floor News Lab: 2103.
5:00 p.m. Closing Networking Coffee Klatch
Knight Hall Atrium