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ISOJ Keynote: Robert Picard will analyze "the changing business logic of media companies"

One of the premier academic experts who has extensively studied the crossroads of media economics and management, Robert Picard, will be the keynote speaker on the Saturday afternoon session at the 16th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). Read more »


Last seats available for a pre-ISOJ workshop on “media metrics, analytics and impact”

Journalists, media executives and scholars who will come to Austin for the 16th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on April 17-18 can also participate, on April 16, in a workshop on how to measure the impact of digital media. Registration is open here. Read more »


Knight Center launches program for ISOJ 2015, the global conference on online journalism; registration is open

ISOJ 2015

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has released the program for the 16th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual conference that attracts media executives, journalists and scholars from around the world. ISOJ will be held at the University of Texas at Austin on April 17-18, 2015. Check the ISOJ program here and click here to register. Read more »


News reports of Toronto mayor’s alleged crack cocaine use sparks journalism ethics debate

Explosive news reports alleging the mayor of Canada's largest city was videotaped smoking crack cocaine with drug dealers have ignited an intense debate over the corroboration of sources' claims and checkbook journalism in the digital media age. Read more »


News needs to engage millenials or risks losing them: professor speaks of new book in live panel

Journalists need to find ways to make the news engaging for millenials — the generation born in the 1980s and the 1990s — or risk "living in a world where people are not informed," Prof. Paula Poindexter told a panel on HuffPost Live on Friday, Sept. 21.

"We need to re-think journalism," said Poindexter, author of "Millenials, News and Social Media: Is News Engagement a Thing of the Past?" Read more »


Journalism schools should emphasize coding and practical teaching, experts say in NiemanLab series

The Nieman Journalism Lab has kicked off the new school year in the United States with a series of thought-provoking articles by academics and professionals on how journalism schools can improve their mission of molding future journalists, advice that included learning by doing and embracing coding. Read more »


Millenial generation calls news media garbage, boring, and one-sided, says academic's book

A University of Texas at Austin journalism professor has exposed a challenge for the media industry with the recent publication of her book detailing how millenials — people born in the 1980s and 1990s — consider the news to be repetitive, boring, lies, one-sided, propaganda, and garbage. Read more »


Vanity Fair’s profile of Obama re-opens debate on giving sources the right to approve quotes

The debate over whether journalists should be allowing political figures to approve quotes before they appear in print or online gained strength last week with the news that author Michael Lewis gave the White House quote approval before he embarked on a profile of President Barack Obama for Vanity Fair. Read more »


University to close journalism program amidst calls to improve journalism education in the U.S.

Emory University has announced it will be shutting down its journalism program in two years, a decision that contrasts sharply with recent calls for universities to improve journalism education by embracing the digital era, a necessary condition for keeping citizens informed and American democracy healthy. Read more »



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