“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, 12th Floor Lounge
The New Normal: The opening panel will feature a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the media and latest trends in digital journalism today. Journalism, after all, has been changing with such speed it can be hard for students and scholars 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? Speakers include Nancy Lane, Executive Producer of CBSNews.com (who is in charge of CBS News’ website, social media and new digital network CBSN), former top editor of both the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, Marcus Brauchli, (managing partner of the investment firm North Base Media), and the Foreign Editor of Buzzfeed Miriam Elder. Moderated by Alice Gainer, Fordham alum and anchor/reporter for WCBS Channel 2 in New York and its sister station WLNY 10/55.
10:10 – 11:15 AM: BREAK-OUT SESSIONS
The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age -- LL524 (5th Floor) -- 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 (as well as Fordham alum) Jody Avirgan. This session is moderated by Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio.
Media Policy Matters -- LL510 (5th Floor) -- 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. 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. The panel is moderated by Garrett Broad, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.
Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster -- LL1004 (10th Floor) -- In today’s media landscape, “broadcasting” isn’t just for radio and television people. More and more print journalists and those new to broadcasting are required to use their voices for podcasts and other online content. However, finding your voice isn’t always easy. Learn techniques so you can deliver copy in a clear, conversational manner and more effectively communicate with your audience. We’ll have scripts to help you unleash your inner broadcaster, but please feel free to bring your own. NOTE: While this session is a great way for print journalists to develop stronger vocal ability, it's also an excellent session for radio and television broadcasters to fine-tune their skills and sound better on the air. It is also a great way for newsroom managers to learn new techniques for coaching their own staffs. Your presenter is George Bodarky, a nationally recognized vocal coach. George is also the News Director of WFUV FM and the President of Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.
11:25 – 12:25 PM MAIN SESSION, 12th Floor Lounge
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. This session is moderated by Jessica Baldwin-Philippi, Assistant Professor of New Media at Fordham University.
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch, 12th Floor Lounge
1:40 – 2:25 PM GENERAL SESSION, 12th Floor Lounge
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. Panelists include Susan Zirinsky, Executive Producer of CBS News prime time investigative show 48 Hours, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Sheri Fink of the New York Times, Features Editor of The Nation Kai Wright, and Ben Anderson of VICE. The panel is moderated by Beth Knobel, Associate Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham, former Moscow bureau chief for CBS News.
2:35 – 3:35 PM BREAK-OUT SESSIONS
Metrics, Metrics Everywhere! -- LL524 (5th Floor) -- 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 James Franz of the web analytics company Chartbeat. This session is moderated by Tim Scheld, Director of News/Programming WCBS Newsradio 880.
Reporting on Diverse Communities -- LL510 (5th Floor) -- 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. This session is moderated by Robin Shannon, Assistant News/Public Affairs Director of NPR affiliate station, WFUV.
Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster (REPEAT SESSION) -- LL1004 (10th Floor) -- In today’s media landscape, “broadcasting” isn’t just for radio and television people. More and more print journalists and those new to broadcasting are required to use their voices for podcasts and other online content. However, finding your voice isn’t always easy. Learn techniques so you can deliver copy in a clear, conversational manner and more effectively communicate with your audience. We’ll have scripts to help you unleash your inner broadcaster, but please feel free to bring your own. NOTE: While this session is a great way for print journalists to develop stronger vocal ability, it's also an excellent session for radio and television broadcasters to fine-tune their skills and sound better on the air. It is also a great way for newsroom managers to learn new techniques for coaching their own staffs. Your presenter is George Bodarky, a nationally recognized vocal coach. George is also the News Director of WFUV FM and the President of Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.
3:45 PM – Closing Remarks, 12th Floor Lounge