“Quality Journalism in Today’s Digital Age”
New York State Associated Press Association
Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies
Saturday, November 7, 2015
8:30 AM: Attendee Registration
8:50 AM: Welcoming Remarks
Sally Carpenter Hale, AP Director of Regional Media, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York
Jacqueline Reich , Chair, Department of Communication and Media Studies
George Bodarky, News Director, WFUV FM
9:00 – 10:00 AM: Opening Session
The New Normal: The opening panel will feature a wide-ranging discussion of the state of the media today. Panelists will be asked to discuss the latest trends in digital journalism so students can make sure they are prepared to work in the industry today. Journalism, after all, has been changing with such speed it can be hard for students to know where the industry actually stands. For instance, how are legacy news organizations continuing to adjust to digital realities? How do news organizations balance the need for serious journalism with “clickbait”? Where is digital journalism expanding and where is it contracting? What skills must students have to make it as digital journalists today? The panel will be drawn from a wide range of news organizations to offer students a wide view of how news organizations create quality journalism today.
10:10 – 11:15 AM: BREAK-OUT SESSIONS
The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age: Digital technology allows us to tell stories in innovative new ways. But, how can you best flex your creative storytelling muscle on-air, online and/or on mobile? This session will provide plenty of tips and inspiration to sharpen your skills, and make the most of the various storytelling tools at your disposal. Our panelists include Robert Smith, a correspondent for NPR’s Planet Money, New York Times’ Deputy Editor, Digital New Design Meghan Louttit, FiveThirtyEight podcast host, radio reporter, and former WNYC producer Jody Avirgan, and Noah Rosenberg, the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively, a platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories. This Session is moderated by Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio.
Media Policy Matters: The recent battle over Net Neutrality brought an uncommon level of attention to the role that government policy plays in shaping our media environment. But Net Neutrality is by no means the only policy issue that has an impact on the quality, accessibility and diversity of media and journalism. This session will feature panelists who explore the past, present and future of government intervention, corporate power, and citizen activism in the media policy landscape, providing both journalists and scholars insights into the possibilities and pitfalls of media reform in the public interest. Panelists include Victor Pickard, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy, Steve Waldman, former Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and co-founder of Beliefnet, and Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines.
11:25 – 12:25 PM MAIN SESSION
Data Journalism: Journalists have always relied on data to tell compelling stories about the world, but the unprecedented amount of data available to journalists and the public alike make for changing norms of reporting and presenting the news. Panelists include Susan McGregor, Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, ProPublica’s Lena Groeger and John Keefe, WNYC’s Senior Editor for Data News.
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch, 12th Floor Lounge
1:40 – 2:25 PM GENERAL SESSION
Investigations in the Digital Age: There have never been as many tools as there are today to help reporters with investigative reporting. Yet the best investigative reporters today usually credit hard work and perseverance as their most important skills in turning out great stories. Our panelists, who have won a wide range of prizes including Pulitzers and Emmys, will discuss what really makes for great investigative reporting in the digital age, and why investigations remain imperative for serious news organizations.
2:35 – 3:35 PM BREAK-OUT SESSIONS
Metrics, Metrics Everywhere!: When it comes to analytics, what numbers matter for a newsroom? And how does the use of metrics affect newsroom culture and a journalists’ daily work? Join us for a lively discussion into the role of metrics in journalism. Panelists include Caitlin Petre, Post-Doctoral Associate at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, WNYC’s Executive Editor for News Sean Bowditch, and Nik Nadolski of the web analytics company Chartbeat. This session is moderated by Tim Scheld, Director of News/Programming WCBS Newsradio 880.
Reporting on Diverse Communities: How do you tell stories about a community you aren’t a part of? Is it the job of the reporters from those communities to tell those stories? How do ethnic and local media handle coverage of racially and politically sensitive issues? This session will offer tips on how to develop sources in unfamiliar territory, as well as provide insights into the world of ethnic media. Panelists include Associated Press Reporter Deepti Hajela, Rong Xiaoqing of Sing Tao Daily, New York Times reporter Sarah Nir, Jiha Ham of the Korea Times and NLGJA Stylebook Editor Sarah Blazucki.
3:45 – Closing Remarks, 12th Floor Lounge