Author: Cat Cardenas

Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell implores journalists to work together to solve the industry’s problems

The journalism industry is in desperate need of change, according to Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell during her keynote speech April 22 the 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). When Bell co-founded Vox.com in 2014, she said they were convinced it could be the answer to the broken news system they saw around them. …  Read More

Pre-ISOJ seminar tackles issues facing journalists reporting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border

Journalists from both sides of the border tackled modernization, fake news and corruption during the Bridging the Border seminar the day before the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Thursday, April 20. Kicking off the seminar was keynote speaker and Dallas Morning News Managing Editor Robyn Tomlin who spoke to many of the changes …  Read More

ISOJ 2017 panelists to discuss the future of VR and 360 video as technology becomes more accessible, affordable

Robert Hernandez (Courtesy photo) Over the past year, virtual reality and 360 video have taken viewers everywhere from the 6×9 foot space of a cell in solitary confinement to Mars. Though the technology has existed for years, it’s become increasingly popular and accessible, with Facebook announcing in March that users would be able to livestream …  Read More

Solutions Journalism: Pre-ISOJ workshop teaches how to shift focus of reporting from problems to problem solving

In 2014, journalist Meg Kissinger wrote a series called “Chronic Crisis” — an in-depth examination of Milwaukee’s mental health system. But Kissinger didn’t just write about the problem, she provided a solution. Samantha McCann speaks at a Solutions Journalism Network training event. (Courtesy photo) That’s the main focus of the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), an …  Read More

Conversational journalism: ISOJ 2017 will discuss how bots and artificial intelligence are changing news delivery

During the 2016 election, New York Times political correspondent Nicholas Confessore sat at his desk scripting conversations with readers almost every day. His conversations were then plugged into The New York Times politics bot where readers could interact with “Nick” and follow his reporting through a series of prompted questions. Andrew Phelps (Courtesy photo) Over …  Read More

Panelists will discuss the podcast boom and how news organizations can jump on the bandwagon

Since the debut of investigative reporting podcast Serial, more Americans than ever are listening to podcasts. Lisa Tobin of The New York Times (Courtesy) A Pew Research Center study conducted in 2016 showed that downloads are increasing, and the percentage of adults listening podcasts has been on a steady uptick since 2012. This explosion will …  Read More

International hackathon will develop tools for accountability journalism to improve trust with readers

Two years ago, journalist Albertine Piels set up her first website in an attempt to gauge interest in coding among other reporters and to build a following for her first hackathon. Within hours, hundreds of people had rushed to the site. Shortly after, Piels and Nienke Huitenga created the company Hackastory to host hackathons, events …  Read More